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Old 01-13-2006, 11:06 AM
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49 truck on 66 frame

Hi, I was wondering if anyone out there has built a 49-51 chevy 1/2 ton truck on a 66 chevy truck frame. I'am building that combo. If so, I would like to know what problems I might have. Thank you , Truck guy

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I haven't heard of that particular combination, though I did set up a 77 Chevy truck frame for a 64 International Harvester pickup body. Talk about fun...
Have you measured track (axle) width and wheelbase? I've noticed that a lot of older trucks fit nicely on S-10 frames. As long as you're prepared to do a lot of fabrication, nothing is impossible. Another alternative would be to do a front clip graft. Just a thought. Good Luck, and remember- measure twice, cut once
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49 truck on 66 frame

Hi, thanks for replying. I bought this combo as a work in progress! The rear frame was "c" notched, springs cut, and running board brackets mounted to the frame, cab on. I bolted in an 83 front clip and rebuilt the frontend with a polygraphite kit. I temporarily bolted the sheet metal (fenders, hood,running boards) looks ok so far. I have since, cut the front springs 1 1/2", mounted a rear shock relocater kit and have a ajustable panard bar. It sits low but not too much. Yes, no one seems to have this combo. I have gone far, I do not want to start over! Happy Rodding, truckguy
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I have done much the same front clip swap as you have, but the frame will be going back under my 66.

The front-clip / steering swap was pretty easy ... especially after buying a REZ power steering bracket kit. I can't wait to drive that truck with power steering, power brakes, and well ... just plain POWER.

I've also discovered that the 1-1/4" sway bar from a 1979 C20 is pretty much a bolt-on ... I'm hoping it will help stiffen things up a bit, as I'm putting a 454 in there as well.

Have a look at my project journal if you like. I've just updated it with pics of the sway bar installation.
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