Would like to put a 78 Monty Carlo front clip in my 51 Chevy truck. Has any
one done this conversion that can give any tips, measurments ect? Are there
any printed info on this exact clip installation? I have leaned towards a
TCI Mustang unit for a long time but MIG welder has took a dump so some of
the funds for the TCI will be gone. I already have the Monty so no cost
there just of labor. Some folks have told me it will ride and drive
better with the Monty clip if installed right. Looks like it is to narrow
behind the control arms to me. I have a mid 70's Phonix that looks good at
the rear but hub flange to hub flange is about 62" while the truck is 58".
Any help will be appreciated.
I've seen my brother do them at his shop. Get a shop manual or take
measurements before you start cutting as to the wheelbase. Square
measure and diagonal measure. Set frame level before you start. You have
to box in where the clip meets the original frame. Clip does not line up
with the original frame, you have to make sections to connect it. You
see allot in the classic truck magazine that are clipped and they set
nice. The one my brother did he put a newer Chevy trk clip on but I
wasn't crazy about it cuz it was too wide. But he just widened the
fenders to fit. Yep you heard me slice them and widen them, back ones
too. It looks ok, it's real fat lookin.
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