Home built tube chassis in process

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering and Chassis' started by Jo Diesel, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. Jo Diesel

    Jo Diesel My other car is a Dodge

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    I have a 73 dart that I am putting a 400 in. I need the front end completely gone through and header selection for an A body are expensive or fender wall which I do not want. I am going to build my own tube chassis. I have never done one before but my father in law said he would help. He has been building race cars since the 50s. Here is the set up that I think I am going to base mine off from. Some things I like some things I don't so there will be some changes and there is no way I have 4k to through in a front end. That is my budget for the hole car. If any one interested I will post pictures as I progress[​IMG]
     
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    Welcome to FABO Joe!Yes please post pics of your progress.There will be plenty of guys interested.
     
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    swisswill Well-Known Member

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    Definitely post pics, I'm WAY interested. I'm building a full tube chassis for my '69 Dart using all Viper suspension pieces. All my suspension components (including the rear end), plus a pair of Viper seats, some frame sections to build a suspension jig, and some other Viper parts for my build were less than the price of an Alter-k; oh yeah, steel too! I want to know more and see more... Pics please.
     
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    ocdart Inland Mopars Car Club FABO Gold Member

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    Welcome to FABO, Joe! You're going to have lots of FABO members following this thread.
     
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    Backtobasics Well-Known Member

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    It must be in the water.
    I am starting a square tube chassis for my 75 Colt very soon. Not sure why it took this long to finally get a committment to myself, but it is now... I pick up the bandsaw to cut with tonight at 9:30pm!
     
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    Jo Diesel My other car is a Dodge

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    Starting my parts list for this project. I know some might not like the parts I use but these are stock car parts. Not FORD! I will credit suppliers. First are fromhttp://pitstopusa.com/ PIT STOP USA[​IMG]11" BRAKES 4 1/2 BOLT PATTERN, GM METRIC CALIPERS SALE: $219.94
    [​IMG]Mustang spindles standard height SALE: $194.94 Pair

    Upper Control arms[​IMG]
    UB Machine Upper Control Arm - Steel Shaft - 9" - Screw-In Ball JointSALE: $46.27
    [​IMG] $49.94 ea
     
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    swisswill Well-Known Member

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    I just noticed your in St. Johns. When I'm stateside I'm in GR. Maybe there IS something in that Michigan water...

    What are you using to design your suspension geometry, assuming it's some sort of software? What is the planned use for the car?
     
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    Jo Diesel My other car is a Dodge

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    No software. Seet of my pants with 30 years fab experience plus father in law that has been building roundy round cars since the 50's.
    This is going to be a street car with stock car handling.
     
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    Very cool. I'm looking forward to seeing this come together.
     
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    rapidtransitric LX/LC platform a body swap pioneer

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    can't wait to see you progress
     
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    Jo Diesel My other car is a Dodge

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    Don't want people to think I am screwing off but I am working 10 hours a day and I am married and have dad responsibilities. The other thing I am working on is suspension angles. The stock suspension is not very good at high speeds. My sons 94 Firebird handles great at 100+ and that is a strut car. The upper A arm is angled which should help with bump angles but I think it would be better straight with more caster. From what I can see this car has negative caster and should have 3-5 deq positive. Any one have any input ?
     
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    rapidtransitric LX/LC platform a body swap pioneer

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    whats going on?
     
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    Jo Diesel My other car is a Dodge

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    I work 12 hours a day in summer so I will be back at it in October
     
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    I think you may find it to be cheeper to buy a old outdated super late model. Would give ya all your suspension pieces plus a quick change rear end. How cool would it be to see a street car running polished aluminum wide 5 wheels.... That was my plan anyway, now if I just had enough extra money to do it....LOL
     
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    Jo Diesel My other car is a Dodge

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    Little work finally done on my car. Front suspension part done, no money to buy parts. Have been working on rust and mini tubs subframe connectors. [​IMG] [​IMG]http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab95/JoDiesel/CB13FC4E-F32D-4F34-A272-9D71DD1CC57F-1205-000003ADC3AEC487.jpg
     
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    Jo Diesel My other car is a Dodge

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    More pictures[​IMG]Mini tubs are done. Trunk extensions are replaced and leaf springs are gone. Going coil over [​IMG]Here is the start of my suspension. Made out of 2x2 x 1/8"
     
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    Jo Diesel My other car is a Dodge

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    Made new trans mount. Took forever as I do not have the old one. [​IMG]Got engine set in place[​IMG]
     
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    Jo Diesel My other car is a Dodge

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    Made new motor mounts[​IMG]and got engine bolted in[​IMG]
     
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    Jo Diesel My other car is a Dodge

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    Flipped car back upside down and ready for rear suspension[​IMG]Brackets made for lower control arms
    [​IMG] and pockets in frame made and installed for front of lower control arms
     
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    Jo Diesel My other car is a Dodge

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    Made bracket for torque arm. Probably way heavier than needed but I usually overbuild.[​IMG] Welded brackets to rear end[​IMG]
     
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    Jo Diesel My other car is a Dodge

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    Got some rod ends and I LIKEY. Chromoly heat treated 3/4" and $16 ea[​IMG]
     
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    abdywgn dismantler

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    interesting build. looking forward to the road test. Thanks for listing where the parts came from. I like the rod ends also; appear HD and good price. Bob
     
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    Abodybomber Breaking street machines , since 1983.....:)

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    Sure won't break! Nice Fab skills.
     
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    Jo Diesel My other car is a Dodge

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    F[​IMG]
    Finally back at it and got my torque link fabbed up. Now I just have to get it welded.
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    Had to remake my trans mount for link as it did not work the way I had it
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    Jo Diesel My other car is a Dodge

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    And my new to me E-bay manifold
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