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Old 06-10-2012, 12:10 PM   #1
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Default Easiest way to clearance frame for CPP 500?

I am replacing the 605 steering box with a CPP 500 and have a clearnace issue with the frame. The instructions mention that some frames need to be clearanced and of course that is my case. The interference is where a weld attaches the crossmember and front frame. The car is done but I have the motor and transmission out at this time. I feel that if was heated and dimpled it could work but there are brake lines in the area. The other option cosidered was to grind away the area but worried this will comprmise the welded frame area. What have the rest of you done to overcome the clearrance issue?
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Leo....Do you have a one-piece or two-piece frame? On my two-piece frame a good ding with the sledge hammer did it.....However, on my one-piece frame, I had to grind the weld down for clearance....Below is a photo of the one-piece frame with the CPP500 box installed.

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It's a one-piece frame so I'll try a hammer like Roger's and then break out the grinder to make it fit like your photo. Thanks guys.
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Most every install of a CPP 500 box on a 1 piece frame has this issue, Nothing a little heat and a hammer or a bit of grinding can't cure. I just went through it yesterday on a 55 with a 1 piece frame. I have never had a clearance issue with the 2 piece frames.
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I used a Zizz wheel or cutoff wheel and cut a V shaped notch out to clear mine, worked great.
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Thanks POPS and everyone else for the feedback. Ground a bunch of steel out and it fits. Now it's time to finish installing the 383 stroker with 200-4R and get this '55 back on the road.
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Leo?, is it Leo? Anyway, did you find that you need to shim it as well to line up with the steering column? Mine's off by a 1/4 inch, maybe more.
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Anyway, did you find that you need to shim it as well to line up with the steering column? Mine's off by a 1/4 inch, maybe more.
Had to shim mine as well.....Its covered in the Assembly Manual here:http://www.trifive.com/garage/57%20C...Manual/9-3.gif
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Had to shim mine as well.....Its covered in the Assembly Manual here:http://www.trifive.com/garage/57%20C...Manual/9-3.gif
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