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What chassis would work for a 63 Tempest?

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What chassis would work for a 63 Tempest?
Posted by dano3 on Saturday, April 14, 2018 10:27 PM

Going to pro-tour a 63 Tempest but dont want to use oringal chassis

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Posted by aliasT.W. on Sunday, April 15, 2018 11:59 AM

I think with some work a newer corvette frame (the ones with the transaxle) could be a candidate for this swap. Just swaped one into a 57 vette, already has the in the weeds stance and didn't require a whole lot of modification. I used a revell c5 frame.

 

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  • From: Tampa Bay area
Posted by djaustinj on Thursday, April 19, 2018 2:08 PM

If you want to stay a little closer to stock, try a Round2 (AMT) '66 Nova either stock or Pro Street version. It is nicely detailed and provides plenty of room for almost any powerplant.

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Posted by aliasT.W. on Thursday, April 19, 2018 5:25 PM

 I have to disagree Mr Austin, actually the drive train from the c5 vette is closer to the '61-'63 tempest layout. It had a torque tube and transaxle set up with an independent rear axle, that was the reason for my suggestion.

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  • From: Tampa Bay area
Posted by djaustinj on Saturday, April 21, 2018 8:45 AM

You are correct sir. I forgot about the quirky drivetrain setup in the Pontiac. My advice would have been fine for the Olds F-85 or  Buick Special but the Pontiac was a breed all it's own. The Nova Pro Street chassis would still make for a cool street rod though. Especially with a 421 from the Catalina.

 

aliasT.W.

 I have to disagree Mr Austin, actually the drive train from the c5 vette is closer to the '61-'63 tempest layout. It had a torque tube and transaxle set up with an independent rear axle, that was the reason for my suggestion.

 

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