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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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  • From: Payette, ID
Posted by dsldriver9900 on Sunday, April 29, 2018 12:55 PM

I like the idea of the Corvette underpinnings with the '63 Tempest. When I built mine I just used a lot of parts from the '62 Catalina kit to upgrade the original Tempest kit.

 

 

 

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Posted by Wick Humble on Sunday, May 10, 2020 9:13 PM

Nice looking build!  You're not so far off using big Pontiac drive train, as Mickey Thompson discarded the torsion-bar drive shaft and transaxle with swing axles in favor of the 9.3-in. rear in his '62 Tempest racers -- which won all the marbles in S/FX.  However, the factory '63's used a seriously upgraded 'stock design derived' transaxle unit to win, even vs. the factory sponsored MoPars and FoMoCo's -- AND the famous #50 421 of Paul Goldsmith which cleaned up on the GS Corvettes (incl. Mr. Foyt) and Ferrari GTOs at the Daytona Challenge Cup 250.  Ref "Little Indians" Chapter of POCI online.  I have two articles in the archives there for reference.

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Posted by htown2 on Monday, May 11, 2020 5:34 PM

Mona Lisa Vito knew the difference between early sixties Tempest and Buick Skylark rear suspensions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFdJza0AbeA

 

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