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[oletrucks] Subframe Width Problem UPDATE

To: "'joe'" <chevy1@jps.net>,
Subject: [oletrucks] Subframe Width Problem UPDATE
From: Terry Stellman <STELLMAN@noex.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 09:32:28 -0500

Over the weekend I tried the Monte Carlo rotors on my Nova subframe and " if
it sounds too good to be true "  well it probably is.  The rotors bolt on
fine if you use the G-body wheel bearings.  The problem lies in the fact
that the bearing races are located differently in relation to the rotor
brake surfaces.  If you have new brake pads like I do, then the F-body
calipers won't fit.  I would be willing to invest in new calipers or even
new spindles if I would gain anything but I measured the distance from the
wheel flange to a reference point (upper ball joint) from both the F-body
and G-body rotors and with the shift of the G-body rotor you only gain 3/8"
at best.  I boxed everything up and returned it.  Now I'm back to square

Do you know if there are other coil springs that will give me an inch or two
lift such as Z28 springs or big block Chevelle or something?  It seems real
hard to find installed spring height information.  I'm also wondering if
upgrading the sway bar would help.  I've got one that is 7/8" right now with
old bushings.  Thanks for any ideas or input.

Terry Stellman
1949 3600
Missouri City, Texas

> -----Original Message-----
> From: joe [SMTP:chevy1@jps.net]
> Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2000 3:28 PM
> To:   Terry Stellman
> Subject:      Re: [oletrucks] Subframe Width Problem
> Terry,
> I pulled up my table on suspension widths and years to get the following
> information:
> Make..... Years..... track width front / rear
> Nova-......1968-'74, 59.8" - 59.6"
> Camaro..1976 -'80, 61.3"-60.5"
> Monte-....1978-'86, 58.5" - 58.8"
> As you can see their is a little over 2 1/2" difference is the track width
> of the Camaro and Monte suspension so their is a chance he's telling the
> truth!  Now we have to determine if the difference is made up in the rotor
> hub "where the lugs are located" or the overall frame width?
> If the swap isn't straight across then you'll need rotors, calipers,
> spindles etc because the 75-87 Malibu/Monte Carlo/ S-10: Steering box on
> LF
> frame rail, front steer, 10 5/8" disc, one piece spindle.
> Could you supply me with the WebPages of the guy you received this
> information from so I could contact him also.
> Joe
> http://chevy1.freeservers.com/
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> http://50chevy.freeservers.com/
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Terry Stellman <STELLMAN@noex.com>
> To: 'joe' <chevy1@jps.net>
> Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2000 12:35 PM
> Subject: RE: [oletrucks] Subframe Width Problem
> > Joe,
> >
> > I've been surfing the web trying to find a solution to my width problem
> and
> > I ran across a posting from a guy that said he narrowed his Nova/Camaro
> > frontend 2" by replacing the rotors with some off of a Monte Carlo.
> Does
> > this sound possible?  Do you know if the rotors swap straight up or do
> you
> > need spindles, calipers, rotors or is this some bad information?
> Thanks.
> >
> >
> > Terry Stellman
> > 1949 3600
> > Missouri City, Texas
> >
> >
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