Moparts Tech Archive
'K' Frame Q's"K" Frame/ Any Ideas?
From: PUYALLUP,WA USA
Registered: Feb 2002
posted 11-14-2002 02:30 AM
Pulled the K intact from the car and with the help of an aluminum pipe a spring,ty-raps and duct tape, was able to locate the upper control arms rigidly enough to allow rolling the whole unit around on its tires. Any body ever built some type of locating bracketing, or anything else, thats of a more permanent nature? It may be some time before I get around to doing anything with it and since I am space compromised it will be residing in the back yard under a tarp. My wife, being female, will have me moving it back and forth at her whim I am sure.
all 1963-1965 B-bodies with V8s use the same k-frame for 273-318-361-383-413-426w engines.
info provided by members listed above
K Frame * Interchangable or not so much
If the Shcumacher mounts would have been avaialble back when I did the conversion, I would have used them instead. But at least I rebuilt my front suspension while I had it apart.
Tubular K-frames? Please read this BEFORE you buy!
2. If the builder makes a claim, check it out. It is his job to sell parts. Not all claims will be exactly correct.
3. Do some homework. I wnadered into this deal with a head full of half ideas and got sidetracked by flashy talk. Once again, the seller will do everything he can to convince you that his system works.
4. If the seller makes any kind of claim, get it in writing! We are buying parts here that have limited recourse in case of problems. Getting everything in writing will help in case of later problems. If he won't back his claims, WALK!
5. Warranty/Refund policy. Like I said earlier, these parts really have no warranty as such, because of the nature of their purpose. However, make sure you are clear on what the seller will do if the part does not fit, breaks in use, or does not do what they claimed. Also, remember that we are using these things in RACE cars, if they break, bad things happen.
6. Don't do like I did and convince yourself you absolutely NEED one of these things just because. I also got in a hurry because I could save $500 by buying it at a show. I could have avoided a lot of problems just by not having my head in my butt.
7. I have personally held an AJE and a DARE in my hands. These are definitely not street car pieces! I have never seen a Magnumforce, but would guess it's not really a street piece either. IMO, the AlterK-tion one is a street item.
8. Watch the boards for posts about these things. That is where I got first wind of what I was going to be into with mine.
9. ASK QUESTIONS!!! I can not stress this enough. Keep track of what you learn, and sort it out. I have gotten sixteen different answers on a lot of questions, but the truth is out there.
10. Lastly, if you are skeptical about a seller's claims, don't buy! These kits are always gonna be there if they are a good product. Don't do like me and get in a hurry.
In conclusion, I am neither endorsing nor slamming any manufacturer or seller here. This is just a guideline I have gleaned from my own experience. I could have avoided most of my problems with my kit if I had just not been in such a hurry! I bought my kit almost a year ago and just got ready to install it last month. If I had to do it all over, I would just buy a set of Wilwood brakes to lose weight and stay with the stock stuff in the suspension. I also believe that on a fast car, you would be money ahead to do an Alston front clip. Tube K-frames seem to me to be a band-aid on a bullet wound.