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Donor chas, chas... er, frames

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Joined: 30 May 2021
Posts: 227
Location: Toongabbie, Sydney

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 6:52 pm    Post subject: Donor chas, chas... er, frames

What's the general consensus on donor frames from late model utes/pick ups? Isn't there a company in QLD(?) that mates Nissan 720 chassis with fibreglass Chev bodies? Good, bad, ugly... cheap?
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Just Idling

Joined: 18 May 2021
Posts: 148
Location: Central Coast NSW

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 9:46 pm    Post subject:

Check out the Australian Kit Car site for information on the Nissan/Chev combination. The company is based in Sydney. AJs in Qld sell A bodies to suit Hi Lux chassis.

Some rodders hate these type of rods but at the same time it is not hard to find someone with one. The ones I have spoken to so far seem very satisfied.

As a general rule the larger the body you put on one of these chassis the better. The larger running boards and fuller fenders of 1934 and later models seem to cover the chassis and front end completely and you would not know what chassis was under the car. On A models the front ends can look a little bulky.

If you do want to build a smaller rod then a better choice might be the old Mazda/Courier utes from the 1970s. I bought a 1977 short wheelbase Mazda B1600 frame recently for a future track nose with belly pan A roadster project. The idea came from an American Kit Car magazine I bought back in 1998. A US company called Ron Berry Shop Works built a good looking channeled fiberglass track nose 27 roadster using one and was selling the body and frame as kits. The frames are so narrow they will fit under an A model with ease and are even narrower than an A chassis at the front. In the type of car I am planning it will be completely out of sight.

One problem with them is the short wheelbase ones are not easy to find. The longer ones are everywhere. It would be interesting to ask the RTA if you shortened a long wheelbase to the stock dimensions of a short one, would it still be accepted as an original? They do lengthen or shorten truck chassis so why not one of these?

A ute frame might not be everyone’s cup of tea but they might be the only way around the current problems in NSW with the RTA not accepting repro chassis as originals and classing them as ICVs.

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Just Idling

Joined: 21 Mar 2021
Posts: 110
Location: S.A the closet rodder state

Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:58 pm    Post subject:

what about a mazda 1000 chassis??? there small
Get it to wheel spin uncontrollably then give it another 5 pounds boost

If you can't see the point in having 450HP to get from A to B, it's obvious you're not giving the problem your full attention
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Joined: 22 Oct 2020
Posts: 12
Location: SA

Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2020 12:29 am    Post subject:

Howdy - I know it's a while ago that this discussion was running but does this interest you. I've had it for sale for a couple of months in the classified section of this site. It is a Jap 4 WD chassie approximatly 4" x 2" rails. I've trimmed a bit off the front, narrowed it a bit added a torana front end R & P steering and a solid mounted ford 9" rear. It is 24" across the front of the rails, 30" across the rear. Depending where you want the diff to locate it can be as short as a 93" wheel base or up to about 110".
I'll let it go with or with out the rear end but I want to keep my old Ansens.


Blast - after writing all this I can't work out how to cut and past a picture!!
Let me know where to send it and I'll e-mail you a pic or two if you want.

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Joined: 07 May 2021
Posts: 591

Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2020 7:12 am    Post subject:

I understand that "AJ,s on the Gold Coast had been fitting A Model bodies[glass] to Hi Lux chassis,and using 2LTR Ford running gear.............Frank.
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Joined: 18 Jun 2021
Posts: 216
Location: Darwin

Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2020 10:44 am    Post subject:

Don't know what sort of quality Aussie Kitcar are doin but my 34chev grill shell is FUGGIN terrible certainly not worth half the money I paid. Then I had to add Freight
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Joined: 13 Jun 2021
Posts: 312
Location: Lakes Entrance Victoria, Australia

Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2020 4:13 pm    Post subject:

33 glass 3 window / full fenders on a Datsun ute, 2wd Toyota,Toyota Crown or some think like that, would make a good hot rod. Maybe not a show wining car but still a car that would tern heads. Great daily driver!
ANY info or comments are most welcome.
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