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1950 truck frame swap to 1980's chevy frame

Does anyone know what mid 1980's frame will work for 1950 chevy truck swap?

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Before we go anywhere with this, why are you expectations? A frame "swap" is not simply unbolting and bolting in the new, it takes a LOT of modifications. If you think you are saving money over putting in a front end from the hot rod shops and a different rear end you are kidding yourself.

If you have never driven one of these trucks with a proper suspension you don't know if it will meet your expectations. They drive darn nice when things are rebuilt and working properly.

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4x4 can be added to the factory AD frame, if this is your reason, for the swap, just find an axle from somthing that kinda matches the track width, like a Cherokee or somthing. If you want IFS, then you could use somthing like a nova clip
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Take a look at this site. It's for a Ford but will give you an idea what's involved.
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frame swap question

Thanks everybody for you insights, I keep looking.

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Does anyone know what mid 1980's frame will work for 1950 chevy truck swap?
A frame swap is a lot of work and fabrication, even on something as simple as an AD Chevy truck. The S-10 swap is the most common. I suggest you use Google to learn more. There are a lot of sites out there that describe this swap.
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Before I would put another truck frame under it. I would buy a updated front end or put a Nova clip under it... As for the ride,, I had one with a camaro clip... You won't beat it.... A very big difference....But there is so many different ways you can go.... I would never go from one truck to another truck frame... Sorry,, That's just me..
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frame swap question

Thanks for your insight I starting to believe that that is the way to go. I just need to find a car or truck with the right track width. I know the 80's corvette suspensions work very well BUT! they are so expensive. Maybe I can find another vehicle with the same track width simular to the corvette's
that wont be so expensive.

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Does anyone know what mid 1980's frame will work for 1950 chevy truck swap?
it's easy, any 80s gm frame will bolt under your 50 chevy truck.
no fabrication or modification required.
it's as easy as changing starters.

but; before you do it...
do a simple ''frame swap'' search on this forum.
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Thanks for your insight I starting to believe that that is the way to go. I just need to find a car or truck with the right track width. I know the 80's corvette suspensions work very well BUT! they are so expensive. Maybe I can find another vehicle with the same track width simular to the corvette's
that wont be so expensive.

Thanks again for your help.
You are talking about the 84-96 Corvette C4 suspension I would guess. For what you get with them, there is no better bang for the buck. I buy them for around $600.00-$700.00 per end and you get 4 wheel disc brakes, posi, rack and pinion steering, aluminum a-arms and other suspension parts and composite springs. I have done many conversions to this suspension and it always works out great if you have a wide enough vehicle such as yours. The conversion is easier on trucks also, especially the rear end.

I also have done the frame swap routine. I put a 36 Chev p/u cab on a mid 70's Chevrolet 1 ton extended cab frame. The owner then had a hydraulic dump flatbed deck built. The cab fit with minimal modifcation to sheetmetal and just had to build body mounts and radiator support. It turned out excellent. I then installed off the shelf lowering parts to get the stance. It had a 454, Turbo 400 and A/C too!

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suspension for my 1950 chevy pu A-frame

Thanks Andy!

The corvette subs is the way I want to go but only one problem MONEY, but I think I'm just going to save up and buy them at one time including the assembly kits thats on the market. But if would be nice if I could find some suspensions that would work as good but less cost.

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You could go Corvette front suspension and live axle rear, that could save you some money and you can still get great results.

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suspension for my 1950 chevy pu A-frame

Hadn't thought about that but that would save me a lot of money. Thank you for your help.

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Hadn't thought about that but that would save me a lot of money. Thank you for your help.

Taylor
Just keep in mind... When you will need to replace any part's... They are twice as much..
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suspension for my 1950 chevy pu A-frame

Didn't know that either, so hopefully I can find some other type of suspensions that might work or I may have to buy a few parts at a time from one of these after market companies that sell front and rear IFS and IRS, for that's what I want to do. So looks like I'm going to have to wait a while before finishing the chassis and suspension.

Thanks for you help!

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