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Drag Racer!
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hey guys, long time no talk. Anyway, i visited with a guy on facebook the other night who has pro streeted his truck while still retaining a 100% stock frame. Ive been wanting to "pro Street" my truck for a NUMBER of years, and NEVER had considered this as an option!

It seems like a SUPER solid way to do it without any major frame altering, can be done in a weekend or two, AFFORDABLE! - no need to spend $2,000+ on a rear subframe that needs to be cut and fit to the truck, retain stock width axle etc.

Basically what this process consists of, is simply moving all suspension components to the inboard side of the frame rails, adding a crossmember to weld top shock mounts too, and some other small stuff. Ive asked for more detailed pictures as well as a "build list" etc and parts i may need to buy to make this as straight forward as possible.

Just curious if anyone else here has already done this same process that can chime in or know anyone with this process done to their truck etc. Basically anyone with ANY knowledge on this type of process please give me pros/cons, ideas, suggestions/tips etc. Im hoping to do this yet this spring!

Heres some pictures of how he set everything up and how it looks. Will post other pictures as he send em to me!

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Last pic is pretty dark, tried to lighten.

Anyway guys, let me know what you all think about this.
 

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This could be cool... ill have to keep an eye out ;)
 

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Zach, call me when you start the work(OR you could cruise down for the BBQ I've offered for 4 years before you start the work) want to see you cringe again while I cut more shit up on your truck.
 

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Drag Racer!
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HAH! i just wanna make sure i measure 5 times and cut once! But i can sure call ya when this goes down , FYI i have a week off on April 20-24
 

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so basically, just want to run wide tires?

I see lots of wheel hop and exploded differentials on his setup
 

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Mmm Sandwich
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Those pictures show a truck with a narrowed rearend. Unless you spend a lot of money on wheels with a custom offset you cannot get that with the stock rear. Plus with all that time spend I would run at lest a 4 link and coil overs.

There is no way that you could pull this off for cheap as the rear wheels would be expensive as hell if you try keeping the stock width axle
 

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Those pictures show a truck with a narrowed rearend. Unless you spend a lot of money on wheels with a custom offset you cannot get that with the stock rear. Plus with all that time spend I would run at lest a 4 link and coil overs.

There is no way that you could pull this off for cheap as the rear wheels would be expensive as hell if you try keeping the stock width axle
you should be able to find used welds in that offset at any swap meet
 

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Mmm Sandwich
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you should be able to find used welds in that offset at any swap meet
If he wants stock width axle and a set up like above he won't. Those wheels are over 14" wide so you would need a 10" bs to put them in the bed sides.

They don't make wheels like that. If he wants to narrow the rear that is a different story.
 

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oh yeah, there's no way you cheaply could do that without narrowing the rear
 

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RGV guys do that all the time, there are several running around with the leafs inside the framerails. My only concern is where to put the fuel tank, could run a cell but it'd have to be really small or sit really high.
 

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Mmm Sandwich
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Re: going "Pro Street" - the affordable way!

You understand that the difference between a mid 80s camaro and yours is 2.5 inches right. I don't really believe that it is a stock axle. The Malibu is 4" narrower than yours. Either way your problem will be wheels
 

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Drag Racer!
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i do know last night i looked up and saw an el camino axle is 58" whille a full size truck axle is 62.5" I will measure mine to confirm which axle i have. If i NEED to narrow it i will, however i believe i can get away with a 14" wheel at 8 to 8.5" backspace and be fine. We will see.
 

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well, for what its worth guys, i picked this up last weekend at a swap meet, so now as money allows itll get narrowed and filled with good strange/moser/currie guts!

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the person i bought it from had rigged it to be run in a G body car, but all brackets and previous welded/cut brackets will be cut off and entire housing smoothed and painted.
 

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Hey guys, been a while since i posted up here, haven't had a chance to start on the truck yet like i had planned - HOWEVER - i did find a steal deal of some wheels and tires that'll work for the build. Anyway, i picked up a set of 4 Cragar S/S uni-bolt chrome wheels, they all needed some TLC and one may need to be replaced as i think its beyond getting out. Anyway, 2 are 15x7 or 8 and 2 are 15x12. With the wheels came 2 Mickey Thompson Sportsman Pro tires in a 29x15.5R15 size and 2 very weather checked BFG radial T/As in a 235/60R15, which happens to be the EXACT tire size on my current wheels, and the tires are at best 1,500 miles old and 3 years old.

Anyway on to the pics eh?

Rears:

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Fronts:

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After an hour or 2 with aluminum foil and coke/water mixed heres the results. Mind you this is before any type of chrome polish was applied or any type of sealant was used on the wheels.


Cleaned:
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Not exactly a "perfect" fit as is being i cant drive truck with rears on, however, thats why i have a Ford 9" thatll be getting narrowed as well as tubbing and swapping suspension on back side of truck!
 

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Mmm Sandwich
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You look like you have more than enough room to fit those without moving the springs.

I would suggest pulling the axle and check the fitment
 

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Drag Racer!
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right, with current setup, i will have ample room, however down the road i plan to step up to a 14 or 15" wide wheel and run an 18.5 to 21.5 tire.
 
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