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    Default Best bang for buck 56 Chevy pickup suspension

    Picked up a 56 Cameo pickup. Iím new to trucks and looking for suggestions on decent suspension that wonít break the bank. Been looking at No Limit, Progressive, Nerd Rods, and Heidts. I donít think AME and Roadstershop will meet my budget.

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    Don
    1969 Camaro - LSA 6L90E AME sub/IRS
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    Best bang for the buck is take all the parts you threw away from the LSA car you are doing and put them under the truck. Seriously.

    Subframes on those trucks are pretty straight forward, make up some mounts and hang the camaro leaf springs in the back.......jesus, telling someone to subframe a truck makes me feel old.

    If you want to buy things.....
    I'm dealer number 33 for Heidts and I don't buy anything from them anymore. I'll leave that at that. I have always been pretty meh on the progressive stuff. I like Rob's stuff a lot but have never had a need for it as 99% of the time I just put a chassis under the truck and get it from TCI, who I have been with forever, or RS, who is right down the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dontlifttoshift View Post
    Best bang for the buck is take all the parts you threw away from the LSA car you are doing and put them under the truck. Seriously.

    Subframes on those trucks are pretty straight forward, make up some mounts and hang the camaro leaf springs in the back.......jesus, telling someone to subframe a truck makes me feel old.

    If you want to buy things.....
    I'm dealer number 33 for Heidts and I don't buy anything from them anymore. I'll leave that at that. I have always been pretty meh on the progressive stuff. I like Rob's stuff a lot but have never had a need for it as 99% of the time I just put a chassis under the truck and get it from TCI, who I have been with forever, or RS, who is right down the road.
    Thanks Donny. I sold all the suspension etc from the LSA car but I have all the stuff from my wife’s 69 convertible. It never occurred to me to use that stuff. Does a first gen rear steer fit better than a front steer second gen subframe? I think Kevin (qnitro) has around ten of those laying around.

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    Don
    1969 Camaro - LSA 6L90E AME sub/IRS
    1969 Camaro convertible - LS3 4L65E Ridetech Level 2 Tru-Turn - sold
    1959 El Camino
    1969 Mustang Sportsroof
    1956 Cameo - full C5 suspension/drivetrain

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    Interesting thread by No Limit. They even sell a DVD. Ordered one.

    http://www.67-72chevytrucks.com/vboa...ht=camaro+clip

    Don
    1969 Camaro - LSA 6L90E AME sub/IRS
    1969 Camaro convertible - LS3 4L65E Ridetech Level 2 Tru-Turn - sold
    1959 El Camino
    1969 Mustang Sportsroof
    1956 Cameo - full C5 suspension/drivetrain

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    I have never done a 2nd gen subframe nor have I put one in a 55-59. I know they don't work in the 47-53 because the steering box and radiator want to be in the same spot.
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    The C6 59 Apache build on here got me thinking. Iím going to use the Dobbertin interface adaptors and a Gamel lengthened torque tube to stuff the suspension from this under my Cameo. I can use the front and rear cradles along with the full suspension. They weigh about the same so I am hoping stock springs and shocks etc will work. Probably not the lowest cost solution but I think I will get a lot of bang for the buck. Paid $1500 for the roller.

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    1969 Camaro convertible - LS3 4L65E Ridetech Level 2 Tru-Turn - sold
    1959 El Camino
    1969 Mustang Sportsroof
    1956 Cameo - full C5 suspension/drivetrain

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    That's a cool shot, Don. If the windshield wasn't so laid back, it almost looks like a roadster pick-up

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    Default subframe

    Me and a buddy put a 79 TA front sub under his 49 Chevy as well as the disc brake rear end. Just fabbed up cardboard templates. Measured a million times and went to cutting. The truck frame was cut to a radius to match where the TA clip radiussed up from the lower flat rails of the sub. The lower flat rails of sub sat under the original truck frame. Ride height was lower than the stock truck but one that you could actually drive the thing and not drag everywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TANKMASTERJ View Post
    Me and a buddy put a 79 TA front sub under his 49 Chevy as well as the disc brake rear end. Just fabbed up cardboard templates. Measured a million times and went to cutting. The truck frame was cut to a radius to match where the TA clip radiussed up from the lower flat rails of the sub. The lower flat rails of sub sat under the original truck frame. Ride height was lower than the stock truck but one that you could actually drive the thing and not drag everywhere.
    Jason
    The No Limit DVD was very detailed and an excellent guide. Not to mention Rob’s 1980’s wardrobe and hairdo were pretty entertaining. Seems like a good option for the front but I like the idea of an IRS for street driven cars and that led me to the Dobbertin Corvette based solution.

    Don

    1969 Camaro - LSA 6L90E AME sub/IRS
    1969 Camaro convertible - LS3 4L65E Ridetech Level 2 Tru-Turn - sold
    1959 El Camino
    1969 Mustang Sportsroof
    1956 Cameo - full C5 suspension/drivetrain




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