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40 Chevy Tilt Front End

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by RatRoy, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. RatRoy
    Joined: Jul 9, 2008
    Posts: 371


    Has anybody completed a tilt front end on a "40" Chevy ? Looking for ideas to convert my "40" to a tilt front end.:):):confused:
  2. I did a '48 Chevy sedan delivery 30+ years ago. I made the pivot mechanism attach to the radiator core support and bolted the complete front end together. I used mid-60's GM convertible cylinders and motor to do the tilting. The pivot point for the front end needs to be off the ground the same distance (or less) as the bottom rear of the front fenders so that as it tilts the fenders don't sweep over the lower cowl and door hinge. If the fender wants to rub to cowl on the way up and down you might have to construct a guide to force the fenders out slightly.

  3. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 5,538

    from Oregon

    Wow, it was late 60's when I changed my old 40 Chev coupe to a tilt frontend, so not all is clear today. I had to split the fenders to keep them from scratching the body when I tilted it by myself. If you always have a helper that's not necessary.
    I built a release from an old hood latch that went on the firewall to keep it closed with an interior cable to open it, but the fenders flopped a bit, so I ended up putting latches inside the fenders to keep them fixed.
    For hinges I just made plates from 1/4" steel for the frame and body, with a bushing between to keep them from binding, and a 3/8" bolt through to pivot on. I had a box tube frame for a straight axle coversion, so no stock frame to clear when opening. Not sure what you've got for a frame that might need to clear.
    I also used trunk cables from a old station wagon tailgate to hold it at the open position and not strain the sheetmetal or hinges.
    On my present car I used 1978 Malibu wagon tailgate cables to hold it open:
    CPT_Kill_Roy likes this.

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