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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-07-2017, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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67 frame vs. 65 frame

Hello out there. I have a 67 SS with a bad frame. I found a 65 and all the difference I can see thus far is the drag link and the idler arm. I wanted to use the 65 frame but wanted some input to any other surprises that may come up prior to putting the body back on...It seems I would have to use the drag ling and idler from the 65. Can I still use my power steering gear box from the 67 and just attach the 65 stuff? Thanks much...
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Hello out there. I have a 67 SS with a bad frame. I found a 65 and all the difference I can see thus far is the drag link and the idler arm. I wanted to use the 65 frame but wanted some input to any other surprises that may come up prior to putting the body back on...It seems I would have to use the drag ling and idler from the 65. Can I still use my power steering gear box from the 67 and just attach the 65 stuff? Thanks much...
Yes your steering gear box is the same as that used in the '65, so that won't create a problem. Though there may be a difference in the length of the Pittman arm (which attaches to the drag link) so be sure to measure the length of both as it will introduce steering geometry issues if the tie rod isn't straight.

In addition to the parts of the front suspension that changed from 1965, there is an issue with the bumper brackets. You will have to drill the frame to get your bumpers to fit in place correctly.


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Thanks much Dave.
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I have also found the upper rear trailing arm mounting brackets are different, shape and location. I have the 12 bolt from the 67 that I wanted to use. Now I'm the hunt for 65 upper trailing arm mounting brackets.
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Ok, So the centerlink, idler arm, top rear trailing arm mounts and the bumpers were going to be an issue using the 65 frame for my 67 car and suspension. So, I now have a cherry 67 frame that is being shot blasted right now and all will be well. Thus far a 65-66 frame are the ''same'', 67-68 are the ''same'' and 69-70 are the ''same'' Hope this helps out anyone having to switch frames. Hope to post some pictures soon.....
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-15-2017, 07:01 PM
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I recently bought a 1966 parts car. When I sold the frame I was surprised that some time in its past someone had put a 67 frame under it. The guy I sold it to didnt think it would fit under his 66. I told him thats what its from.

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