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'50 Sub Gets Framed

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'50 Sub Gets Framed
Posted February 27 2009 03:46 PM by Bob Ryder 
Filed under: Opinions, Observations, Opinions, Tech Tips, Trend Observations, Truckin' Etiquette, Truck News , Chevy, Classic Truck Trends

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The strength of any object is it's foundation or base. The same goes for trucks. A truck's strength is created from its frame. The truck's cab, fenders, bed, engine, transmission, radiator, suspension, and steering components are all bolted to the frame.

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How goes the frame, goes the truck. It is always best to begin with a new frame underneath your early model truck. If you intend to use the original frame that was designed for handling 200 horsepower good luck. When your drop-in that 500 horsepower beast that produces 600 lbs. ft. of torque to ther rear wheels, any rear suspension components that were bolted or welded to those original frame rails they will rip right out.

This '50 Suburban will need a much stronger frame underneath it. By doubling the horsepower and torque, stronger suspension modifications and components must be made to handle the engine's snap, crackle and pop.

We turned to Chris Alston's Chassis Works in Sacramento, California known for their superior knowledge of  frame and chassis design. Using the latest computer-aided-design CAD systems they are capible of designing a frame and suspension specifically for the ol' '50 Suburban's needs. The 3x2-inch rectangular mandrel bent frame rails and cross members will be the foundation for the independent front suspension and four-link with pan hard bar rear suspension is activated with a pneumatic bag system allowing the 20 front and 22 rear wheel/tire combos to easily tuck and layout on the Sub's running boards.

Stay tuned for the re-introduction of "Sublime". We will be following along as the team at Chris Alston's Chassis Works design and build a frame/suspension for "Sublime".

The re-beginning of something very cooool....

Remember Old Guys Rule!

Bob Ryder

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