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Author Topic:   What is meant by "Metric Car"?
FastEddy
Member
posted September 03, 2003 12:53 PM
Does it mean that the car is part metric and standard sizes?


Speedway65
Member
posted September 03, 2003 02:17 PM
Don't know for sure but 78 and up malibu,monte carlo,regal,cutlass supreme,and also grand prixs are all classed as metric cars.G bodies in tech terms.


Speedway65
Member
posted September 03, 2003 02:27 PM
Just found out that it is the fasteners that are metric.


FastEddy
Member
posted September 03, 2003 03:03 PM
Thats kinda what I figured. Thank You!!


69-er
Member
posted September 10, 2003 09:01 PM
I found that the 78-80 metrics are considered a different generation than the 81-88's. Are the two interchangable as far as suspension and steering components, and wheelbase and weight?


MEANGENE83
Member
posted September 10, 2003 10:17 PM
There are some small differences among the metric frames the malibu style cars are 2 inches shorter front and rear on the frame horns(wheel base is same for all), and the newer cars use O-ring PS hoses and the old ones use flare fittings on the steering gear, also the newer cars use different outer wheel bearings. I've heard that some of the years are better for frame rot than others, but not sure about that. Other than those small differences all the A-frames, spindles and other goodies interchange.


powerglides
Member
posted September 11, 2003 10:19 AM
spindles do interchange but you have to have the correct rotor for the spindle


powerglides
Member
posted September 12, 2003 07:10 AM
"early" metric spindles are easy to spot. The outer bearing dia on the spindle is the same dia as the threads. On the late "big bearing spindles there is a step from the threads to the bearing diameter.


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