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I was talking to a coworker who is a vette guy and he was telling me about a place in Cali that you can send a C4 frame and suspension to and when you get it back you can drop you C3 body on it. I was told the C4 was better in the ride and suspensipon aspect?? I have never ridden in one to date. Does anybody know about this place or if this is fact or fictional. I am wanting to do a frame off on the 79, but know it is a BIG job and it probably will not run for 2-3 yrs, this sounds typical.
It all depends. Lots of guys on this forum are years into their frame-offs. I guess it depends on your time, money, and devotion. Me, I work full time and go to school (air force). But I find the time and I have the money from the air force so I expect my frame off portion to be done by or before winter (started a month ago). Good luck!
PS: I think it's worth it, you're bound to find one demon (broken body mount for me )
What a great resource this forum is, Thanks for the relpies. I had thought if I did the frame off I would want to improve it a little. This sound like an expensive option......... The tube frame sounds .
Not using the interior of a C4, just the frame and suspension.
Also can anybody decode this trim and paint code??
I'm not sure, but I think the side frame on the C4 is a "semi space frame" design that has wide side sills. If that is the case, the C-3 won't fit over it. Mounting the C4 suspension on the C3 is probably a good move, if you can get the C3 frame to be stiff enough to take advantage of the suspension.
Highlights: Designed to accept C5 front and C4 rear suspensions
Uses C5 17x 8.5" front and 18 x 9.5" rear wheel offsets No exterior body modifications
Stock body mounts, bumper mounts and fuel tank
More engine room for stock accessories
Removable transmission mount
QA1 coil-over shocks provide adjustable ride and handling
$6000 really is not that bad if it includes the Diff...half shafts and all the suspension stuff....It would cost that much to rebuild or replace those components anyway.
This is going to become more and more popular I believe. I saw three guys doing this in Carlisle this year. They were putting C1, C2 and C3 bodies on a C4 & C5 chassis. These were pretty much bolt on frames and all seemed to be of high quality. These guys were getting a lot of traffic and alot of guys were very interested. I have a feeling this will become a real alternative to the NCRS restorations when it comes to High $$$$ cars. As baby boomers get old...they have less interest in rolling around on the floor and want a reliable car they can drive.
Gave them a call and it is 6000.00 for the frame and 12,900 for a rolling chassis. The roller has 87 componets, suspension and rear end. The guy seemed friendly. I would think you would come out better getting a wrecked C5 and use all the suspension and alot of other items off the car. HMM Thoughts to ponder.... Thier rolling chassis has coil overs..