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Old 08-18-2011, 08:20 PM
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48 chevy frame swap

has anyone put a 48 chevy car on a s10 frame?

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Hi, my name is Brian aka MARTINSR I am the resident frame "swap" hater.

There is NO SUCH THING as a "swap", it takes a LOT of modifications, a LOT. Can it be pulled off, yes, with a LOT of skill and time. Most "frame swaps" look like a piece of crap and the car is largely ruined.

Frame "swaps" are really "money swaps", "time swaps" and "work swaps". If the same amount of money, time and work were put into your original frame you would have a MUCH more desirable outcome and have a 1949 Chevy with no real identity.

Start looking and you will see PILES, ZILLIONS of kits for both front and rear of your Chevy. For that matter the original stuff isn't so bad. That is the SAME chassis design as a 53-62 Corvette, they weren't all that bad were they?

Before you take a torch to that beautiful car, spend a LOT of time learning about it and you will very likely forget about the "frame swaps".

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Wow, when you put it that way it sounds like just what I do not want for my car. All of the local guys make it sound like a simple walk in the park. Thank you for your valued opinion.
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Where abouts in Ark are you? My wifes family is from Altus (next door to Ozark) and I have been there many times, BEAUTIFUL country! I've married two Arkansas women, the others family was from Elkins which is just out of Fayetteville on 16.

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I live in Alma, it's in between Ozark and Fort Smith.
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Brian,
Wow, when you put it that way it sounds like just what I do not want for my car. All of the local guys make it sound like a simple walk in the park. Thank you for your valued opinion.
Jim

Jim - Brian IS our resident odd ball frame change out hater ( did that came out wrong ? ) and is echoing what has been discussed here several times in the near through the distant past.

Challenge your local guys to show you an S-10 frame under a car that they themselves have done and see how it really looks and ask how easy it really was to just drop a "b@$tard" body on it.

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The only pieces of an S-10 chassis that are usable are the front crossmember and sometimes the rear section that has the springs attached..all the rest goes to scrap.

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a lot of the car guys you see at shows are either body men who own there own shap or machinist's they are professionals and do it for a living to them a lot of this stuff is not as big a deal as it could be.

if they say they did this or that and it was no big deal they may be telling the truth from there perspective but if your not a professional with professional equipment and shops. its a lot different doing it in the shed out back. if you know what i mean.

i've gotten myself in trouble more than once trying to pull off a project that's (just do this or that).
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Well..... I would like to thank everyone for their opinions. I have located a mustang ll so i guess that's the route I'm gonna take. My biggest complaint is I want to keep it it factory looking as much as Possible. Keeping the 6 hole pattern is something I hate to loose. I plan on locating a 250 inline to up the horse power enough to add A/C and cruise the interstate.
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You see, with a little more info the frame swap sounds like a REALLY dumb idea. Inline Six, stock wheels? Right on, sounds like a cool build. You will have to do some axle redrilling (probably) for you bolt pattern being you will be running a different rear end (8" Ford being one of the more popular ones) and the front hubs on your Mustang II will need to be drilled as well. I would think long and hard about that 6 lug stuff, you can get very similar wheels with 5 lug and run the same caps I probably without any fab work. But with some fab work you can without a doubt.

A 250 inch six WILL run A/C and cruise down the highway no problem what so ever, with or without some hop up stuff on it.

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once you cover the lugs up with the center caps.. who's gonna know? Get everything in a 5x4.75" bolt pattern, and run '49-'54 Chevy wheels, and get the original caps, which will fit on the '49-'54 wheels
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