Just to add two cents worth, American Rodder May '92,#36, had an article I
dug out to double check what Terry said. Shows pitures of a 53 AD on a 77
front end, supposedly using only 1/2" spacers on the outside of the 53
frame. The tires are wider than stock, but not ultra wide. The tires appear
flush with the fender, so the track appears wider. Terry was right. Problem
would be if you wanted to lower it much. I'm going with the Pacer ( right
width track), plus it's really beefy. However, that means changing bolt
patterns. No kits available. So... I intend to put 11" javelin rotors on the
pacer spindles, and have them drilled for chevy lug pattern. I do know some
folks put AD's on entire 73-8something frames. Offset wheels? I can't find
any photos of such a swap.
>From: Terry Stellman <STELLMAN@noex.com>
>Reply-To: Terry Stellman <STELLMAN@noex.com>
>To: "'Bob Fischer'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
>Subject: RE: [oletrucks] Advance Design front end mods
>Date: Wed, 8 Sep 1999 14:12:57 -0500
>I think the other thing you need to look at is the track width of the donor
>vehicle. I recall looking into the newer trucks as donors but ruled them
>out because they were too wide. Just something to look at, my memory does
>fail from time to time.
>Missouri City, Texas
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Bob Fischer [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> > Sent: Wednesday, September 08, 1999 1:25 PM
> > To: email@example.com
> > Subject: Re: [oletrucks] Advance Design front end mods
> > Hi Mark, all,
> > >>>Good IFS subframe donor vehicles:
> > >>> '73 thru '87 Chevy/GMC fullsize 1/2 ton 2wd truck (thru '89
> > >>>Suburban 1/2 ton 2wd) complete front suspension and steering. The
> > >>>truck suspension/steering just unbolts. The difference between the
> > older
> > >>and the later frames is the advanced design frame is .5 (1/2) inch
> > narrower on
> > >>>each side than the front suspension saddle and needs to be shimmed by
> > >>>spacer (the same for the steering).
> > >> I went to the wrecking yard, but, when I measured the frame, it
> > >>appeared that this truck has a frame that is 29 1/2" wide while my '55
> > 1st
> > >>appears to be 25". I hope I can use this front end.
> > I went and crawled under ours this morning and checked between the
> > of the channel just above the axle. It appears to be slightly over 28"
> > maybe +1/4" - 1/2"
> > which would fit approx what JP stated "1/2" shim each side."
> > Did you measure between the front rails where the bumper is attached?
> > measurement
> > there is 25", so the frame rails taper together past the front axle near
> > the radiator support.
> > I'll have to go to a yard and find a couple trucks around 77 and check.
> > Sure hope this pans out.
> > "Nothin lasts forever except old Fords and a natural stone" - Willie
> > Nelson
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