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Old 03-31-2005, 06:16 PM
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52 on a 77 frame swap

I have successfully put a 52 Chevy 3100 body on a 77 Chevy pickup frame. I have also included a 454 in the engine bay. Has anyone else done the same or close. I find this to be safer than cutting the frame and adding a subframe. Any questions would be great. Thanks

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Old 04-03-2005, 09:35 PM
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Smileyg05: I have a '52 3100 and the frame is garbage and am contemplating what to do. Any info you could give about your swap would be greatly appreciated. What is the final ride height? Thanx
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Old 04-03-2005, 10:15 PM
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Sounds like a neat swap; got any pix of it?
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I did a 4x4 a while back. It was a 51 onto a 78 shortbox frame. I had to make risers for the front mounts, because of the drop in the frame. The rear mounts lined right up with the rear cab supports, so it was drill and drop simple.

A guy I went to college with had a 49 on a 74 3/4t 4x4 chassis. He had the same trouble.

The nice part, is the later frames are 2" longer wheelbase, than the old ones, so by setting the runing boards and bed back a little, it is much easier to chamois the front fenders, and back fo the cab.

Sorry all I know is about 4x4's, but hope it helps, anyhow.
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Old 04-07-2005, 04:14 PM
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same here, 4x4, because of that damned hump in the front part of the frame i have like 6 inches of body lift to make it sit flat in the front. maybe if i would have cut or lost the inner fenders i could have sat it lower, but the bed is directly on the rear part of the frame. i don't see how anyone could use this for a low rider. ps. i took 8 inches out of the middle of it to line up the wheel base. the 79 chev frame was a longbed
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I've read that, when developing the first planes that could land and take off from the water, the biggest obstacle was overcoming a certain mind set. The designers were bent on designing a boat that could fly. It wasn't until they started thinking about a plane that could land on the water that large advances could be made.

"Smiley," you're one whose eyes have been opened to a logical alternative.

The other day, I saw what I thought was a highly modified '50 Ford. After I admired the nice interior for a few seconds, I finally realized that I was looking at an eighties T-Bird with fifties 'glas front and rear! There's more than one way to skin a cat.
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