56 chevy truck frame swap - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum



Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Suspension - Brakes - Steering
User Name
Password
lost password?   |   register now

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 03-05-2003, 07:08 PM
kid kid is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: califorina
Posts: 30
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post 56 chevy truck frame swap

I have a 56 chevy 1/2 ton short bed stepside truck. Can i use the frame from a 73+ chevy truck?
What else would i have to do beside change the cab mounts? How long is the frame? Has anyone done this swap? I herd that my bed wouldnt mount because the newer frame has a hump towards the back.
Any info will be greatly appericated . Thanks

    Advertisement
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 03-06-2003, 06:09 AM
TurboS10's Avatar
Hotrodders.com Moderator
 
Last wiki edit: Auto Terms and Definitions Used in Modern Engine T... Last photo:
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Texas
Age: 37
Posts: 3,463
Wiki Edits: 2

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post

I dont think the 73 up will work, but the 67-72 will. It will also accept the lateer model cross member for power disk brakes and power steering. The bed will bolt on with no mods except extending the frame about 2 inches in the back. You will have to make or modify the 56 cab mounts. They have to be raised about 5 inches on the frame since the late model frames have dip in the middle of them and the 56 does not. The radiator support mounts will just have to be fabricated, but it is easy because there is just a two inch gap to fill between the mount and the frame. Steering will require U-joints and a modified or later model column, and you will have to figure out somthing to do with your pedals.

Oh ya, I did this about 10 years ago on a 57. There is a pic in my photo albumn.

Chris
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 03-06-2003, 02:31 PM
bullheimer's Avatar
NEVER use credit cards!
 

Last journal entry: car with tt2's, (stockers going back on)
Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: North of Seattle
Posts: 2,529
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 4 Posts
Post

yes the cab mounts will be like 5 inches higher and if you look at his picture (nice truck btw) you will see it's up there. you wont be able to drop it into the weeds with a frame that has that stupid hump in the front. most guys are using s-10 frames so i guess they dont have humps. i used a 79 frame but since it was a 4x i wanted the hgt for 33+" tires. case yer still wondering my box is right on the frame at the rear and about 2 inches off the frame at the front. rear cab mounts are like 3" above the frame (stock are even with), front of cab are like 5" and under the radiator support is 4". like a stinkin roller coaster. plus i used a long bed frame and had to cut 8" out of it. also chopped off 3" from the front of the frame
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 08-06-2006, 05:45 PM
New Member
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Mobile, Al
Posts: 25
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
56 Frame Modification

I have a 56 Chevy truck. I used a doner truck (84 Ford F150) for the front and the 9" rear end. My rear springs worked with the rear end. The front end took a little more work, but with a tourch and welding machine it's not that bad.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Suspension - Brakes - Steering posts with photos

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:56 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.