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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 25th, 00, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 68 Camaro I am restoring the front end. My situation is this: My Body mounts are in bad shape on the subframe. Along with some other bad spots that has seen better days. I have a 72 Nova that I am parting out and the subframe has some light surface rust, but very beefy throughout. The only difference to the naked eye seems to be some mounting holes for brake lines/fuel lines, and the lower Control arm bumper stop is in front instead of the rear on the frame. Are they the same otherwise? I hate to put a lot of time and work into the Nova frame if it is not going to work, but it sure appears as though it will! Anyone who has traveled this road, I appreciate your comments!!


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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 25th, 00, 04:21 PM
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Haven't done it, but all I read say they are exactly the same.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 25th, 00, 05:18 PM
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I've always heard the same thing as Rick was saying, that they are the same. I've got a 69 Nova and a 68 Camaro, and the subframes look identical to me too. I know that Subframe connectors are the same for both cars. If I were you I would take some careful measurements just so you're sure.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 25th, 00, 06:17 PM
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I used a 73 Nova frame under my 68 with no problems.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 26th, 00, 12:22 PM
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i,ve done some work on a friend of mine,s 69 and it has a nova subframe,and it worked ok.seems like the motor frame mounts are different but do work.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 26th, 00, 05:25 PM
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Camaros and Novas supposedly share subframes up to '74, like everyone's saying. Maybe the control arm bumpers are in different locations because the first gen Camaro is rear steer, and the Nova is front steer.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 00, 09:51 PM
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I have a very late 69 Camaro, built first week of Nov 69, and it came from the factory with a 70 Nova subframe (70 Nova's were being built in Sept 69). The 70 Camaro used a different subframe entirely. You should be OK. The difference in frame mounts might be if it came originally with a 307 or a 350. Even though the motors are the same size, it seems the factory used heavy and light duty engine mounts requiring different frame mounts.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 00, 02:43 AM
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It will work, my 67 has a 72 Nova sub frame installed about 12 years ago. still hanging. Galen

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