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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-27-2016, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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1963 Frame Swap

Hi I'm new to the whole forum thing and was wondering if there is a frame that will fit underneath a 63 4 door sedan. I have to replace the whole frame because of rust so I figured I would try and knock a few birds out with one stone. I need a frame of course and would like disc brakes up front instead of drums all the way around so I would like to know if that is a possibility.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-27-2016, 05:07 PM
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Four corner disc brakes are possible but unless you are a racer (road racer not a drag racer) they create more problems than they are worth adding width to the track pushing your wheels and tires out into the fenders.

You can find replacement frames in the desert southwest (rust free) auto salvage yards, but shipping will add to the expense.

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Thanks man. I'm not really looking to put disc brakes on the rear I was mainly wondering if like a newer impala frame like a 93 4 door would fit under my 63 if so I'm just going to swap frames. one of my buddies has a 93 that I'm gunna take.
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Thanks man. I'm not really looking to put disc brakes on the rear I was mainly wondering if like a newer impala frame like a 93 4 door would fit under my 63 if so I'm just going to swap frames. one of my buddies has a 93 that I'm gunna take.
Sorry not much hope of that ever happening. Your car has a special X shaped frame designed to twist and flex like limp spaghetti in order for the car to offer a "Jet Smooth" ride to WWII vets who had either bounced all over Europe in the back of a truck or inside a tank, etc. They wanted comfort and GM bent over backwards mounting the car on sponge rubber after build a flexible frame.

There are stiffer stronger offerings of new frames from the after market that will allow your car to settle into the open areas in the frame, but they are not cheap.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-27-2016, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Dang, alright thanks for the help I really appreciate it an I'm sure I'll have more questions later on.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-27-2016, 10:07 PM
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You can find parts cars in your area but odds are they are probably not a lot better than what you have now, but since yours is gone I might consider repairing and reinforcing (stiffening ) a parts car frame to improve on what you have now. You can't get too much practice welding and flat steel can be purchased and sheared at many industrial salvage yards that sell scrap steel.

Would be a lot cheaper than trying to buy an aftermarket frame or a rust free used one from the desert south west. Plus any other parts off the parts car that can be salvaged reduces the price of your restoration.

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