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Username Post: A body frame swap        (Topic#363928)
Dwane 
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Reg: 01-09-21
01-09-21 10:02 PM - Post#2811750    

Question for the guys that know Chevy frames...
My 73 Monte Carlo frame is somewhat pooched... looking at a 77 el Camino donor frame.. wheelbase of 116” is the same but f/r track width is slightly different Monte is 61.9”/61.1” el Camino is 61.5?/60.7? Any issues?? Also are the body mounts going to be a problem?? Are they not both a body frames?




Edited by Dwane on 01-13-21 12:34 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 


wagonman100 
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01-10-21 10:41 AM - Post#2811777    
    In response to Dwane

You have to be very careful with El Camino stuff. The El Camino is always kind of an oddball when it comes to components since they are based on the wagons but changed around for the 2 door configuration. It’s surprising that the track width is different. The front and rear section of the frame should be the same between Monte Carlo, Malibu and El Camino. You’d have to get frame specs to determine where the differences are. With that slight of a difference it could have been in the spindles and/or wheel offset.

Jay
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1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
Dwane 
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01-13-21 12:40 PM - Post#2812016    
    In response to wagonman100

Seems there are a lot of odd stuff for the second gen Monte Carlo... a body frame but also known as a g body.. the switch over frame year.. seems to be a lot of confusion as to the frame class.. a g body frame I believe is 2-4” shorter in wheelbase...



 
wagonman100 
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01-14-21 02:56 PM - Post#2812085    
    In response to Dwane

The A body got changed to G body in the early ‘80s (1982 to be exact) which would be the third generation Monte Carlo, which started in 1978. The A body designation started to get used for a front wheel drive platform in ‘82. The ‘78 Monte Carlo got a 108” wheelbase and 108.1 in ‘82 with the G body change. 8” shorter (and 7.9”) than the second gens.

Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
Butcher 318 
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Butcher 318
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01-24-21 02:04 AM - Post#2812797    
    In response to Dwane

Several years ago I bought a dual hump crossmember that came out of a 73-77 El Camino. I went to have it installed in my 76 Laguna S3 and it was too short. I am thinking the frame will not direct swap.

http://www.hemmings.com/mus/stories/2006/11/0 1/hmn...


 
Bill K.b 
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01-24-21 07:48 PM - Post#2812855    
    In response to Butcher 318

I would try and track down the crash book sheets for these cars and see what they show. Should be able to come up with frame dimensions from those books. Sometimes on ebay guys break them up or sell copies of the pages for specific cars.

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Plus cars for swap and sale
& yes, I once tried a frame swap on a 51 Chevy.


 


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