The Art of the Frame Game



Art Mor­ri­son of­fers you a solid foun­da­tion to build your in­vest­ment

With over 40 years of ex­pe­ri­ence build­ing com­plete chas­sis and in­di­vid­ual sus­pen­sion com­po­nents, Art Mor­ri­son En­ter­prise (AME) is a name that com­mands the re­spect so many other com­pa­nies de­mand. Each AME chas­sis is engi­neered to spec and built to the most de­mand­ing lev­els of per­fec­tion. In ad­di­tion, their bolt-in re­place­ments for OEM frames are me­chan­i­cally sound and de­vel­oped to pro­vide su­pe­rior han­dling and com­fort, all the while giv­ing you the con­fi­dence in know­ing that you’ve got a frame that’s been de­signed and engi­neered to ex­ceed­ing stan­dards.

So spare your­self the headache of re­vamp­ing an old frame and start fresh by in­vest­ing in one that will leave your car—and your mind—in peace.

In this is­sue of Lowrider we’ll be show­cas­ing three Art Mor­ri­son chas­sis, which ad­dress some of the most pop­u­lar frames in the game. From clas­sic trucks to Im­palas there’s a frame fit for your project, so get up on your game and get fa­mil­iar.

1947-1953 GM Truck Frame

As­sem­bled us­ing 2x6 main rails, this beefed-up frame has strate­gi­cally placed cross­mem­bers. These cross­mem­bers will sup­port any en­gine and trans­mis­sion combo. Ad­justable coilovers on all four cor­ners and an­ti­sway bars com­ple­ment the IFS, thus giv­ing builders and tuners the per­fect bal­ance be­tween per­for­mance and com­fort while a rack-and-pin­ion makes nav­i­gat­ing your clas­sic truck a breeze.

•Lower ride height com­pared to stock frame

•Sport IFS con­trol arms

•2-inch dropped Wil­wood PRO spin­dles

•Strange ad­justable coilover springs

•Rack-and-pin­ion steer­ing •Par­al­lel four-bar tubes with Johnny Joint ends

•Rear-mounted Pan­hard bar De­signed to sit lower than the stock chas­sis found on the truck, this AME frame sports beefy 15⁄16-inch-di­am­e­ter up­per con­trol arms, up­sized poly-bushed rod ends that work in com­bi­na­tion with the coilovers, and an­ti­sway bars to pro­vide ex­act han­dling.

The frame also in­cludes a four­bar rear sus­pen­sion with Johnny Joint rod ends and a Pan­hard bar, pro­vid­ing the per­fect an­chors for the re­in­forced 9-inch rearend.

1949-1954 Chevro­let Frame

CAD engi­neered, the GT-Sport chas­sis is a work of art. Whereas the stock frame was de­vel­oped to hold a six-cylin­der “stove­bolt” en­gine, this frame has been cre­ated to house small-block V-8s or the pop­u­lar LS-series en­gines. In ad­di­tion, builders can eas­ily em­ploy a bunch of trans­mis­sion op­tions, in­clud­ing the Pow­er­glide, TH350, TH400, and 700-R4 au­to­mat­ics and five- or sixspeed man­ual trans­mis­sions.

•So­phis­ti­cated In­de­pen­dent Front Sus­pen­sion (IFS) us­ing tubu­lar steel con­trol arms

•Ad­justable coilover shocks with front and rear sway bar

•Wil­wood front spin­dles

•20:1 power rack-and-pin­ion •9-inch hous­ing

Out back the tri­an­gu­lated four-bar setup pro­vides ex­cel­lent straight-line and lat­eral con­trol while the Strange En­gi­neer­ing ad­justable coilover shocks and sway bar com­plete the pack­age. This chas­sis can be or­dered as a “chas­sis with sus­pen­sion” or as a “com­plete chas­sis” mi­nus wheels and tires.

1959-1964 Im­pala Frame

Like the other AME frames pre­vi­ously dis­cussed, the AME '59-'64 Im­pala frame pro­vides you with just about ev­ery­thing you need. Us­ing new 3x4 main fram­erails, the cross­mem­bers pro­vide am­ple clear­ance for the ex­haust and listed below are some of their other high­lights:

A mostly bolt-in in­stal­la­tion, which re­quires min­i­mal floor­board mod­i­fi­ca­tions

•Strange ad­justable coilover shocks

•Wil­wood spin­dles

•Ad­justable an­ti­sway bar and power rack-and-pin­ion steer­ing

•Mo­tor mounts avail­able for small-block, big-block, W-block, and LS en­gines

•Trans­mis­sion mounts can be con­fig­ured for most pop­u­lar auto and man­ual trans­mis­sions



1949-1954 Chevro­let Frame

1947-1953 GM Truck Frame

1959-1964 Im­pala Frame

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