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4WD Chevy frame??

thinking of putting my '67 C10 stepside longbed (whew!) onto a 4x4 frame of correct-length & such. What frames should I look at. Suburban ?? (67-72 or 67-80??), C10 4x4 is an obvious choice, just wondering what alternatives there were like the Suburban...

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Pretty sure the 67-72 long box and the Suburban are the same frame. I also think that the 73-80 is a whole different frame.....not saying that it couldn't be made to fit. I put a 77 Ford PU on a 73 Blazer frame.
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Seems like I remember that you have to cut out part of the floor and add a hump to clear the transfer case..check the donor truck and if it has the hump you could cut it out and weld it in.

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The 4x4 trucks---both AT and MT have a different floor.

The major difference is a hump under the seat----or rather the 4-spd tunnel hump of the 2-wheel trucks ---- will extend to under the seat.

So---if you have a 2-wheeler-----There WILL be loor modifications regardless of whether you plan on running an AT or MT.

Cutting a section from a donor would be a good idea.

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A guy here in town put a 2wd on a 4wd frame and took care of it with a small body lift, I'm guessing 2 or 3", maybe that would would instead of the floor mods...

good to know the 73-80 isn't the same...
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A guy here in town put a 2wd on a 4wd frame and took care of it with a small body lift, I'm guessing 2 or 3", maybe that would would instead of the floor mods...

good to know the 73-80 isn't the same...
Not positive that the frame is different, so don't take my word for it........I have been wrong before..........ask my wife........
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Why not use your current frame and get the needed parts off of a 4x4?
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Why not use your current frame and get the needed parts off of a 4x4?
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Thats a lot more work tahn changing the frame............they are a totally different animal.
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Yeah it would be coil spring rear wouldnt it?
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Depending on the year, the Sub frame the truck frame are different... I wish I had used a Sub frame under my Studebaker (see project page) because the Sub frame is flat as opposed the truck frame which has a kick up right behind the cab.... as it was it worked out fine, but required a bit of reverse ingenuity (no, not reverse engineering that is far too bookish for what I did)....

You may wish to splice and dice the frames together - I've seen it done on other projects and, while it may seem more work, in the end there are some definate advantages to cutting and pasting the truck together - such as not having to refab cab mounts, not having to change the rear brake lines, etc......
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You should check out www.67-72chevytrucks.com , lots of good truck specific info there.
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thanks... I'm not much of a welder either, I'd have to have a buddy do that or maybe take the welding class

thanks for the website, looks good.
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