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Old 11-01-2008, 06:53 AM
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59 Chevy truck body on 80-85 Chevy frame?

I am considering putting a 59 chevy truck body on a 80-85 Chevy C-10 truck frame. I would like some more info about thhis swap. Thanks!

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I believe the track width of the 73-87 c10s is too wide.
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It's been done alot in a 4x4 conversion but haven't seen it done in a 2 wheel drive setup. Like Shane said might be to wide, grab a tape measure and go check it out.
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A full size trck frame WILL have too wide a track for the '59. I guess I'd ask why you want to do this? Huge amount of work fabricating body mounts, wheelbase difference, etc. Some gus are using S10's, but you face the same issues.

It's be much easier from a build standpoint yo use the original frame, swap rear ends to whatever you want and use either a dropped axle and disk brake kit or subframe the truck.

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A full size trck frame WILL have too wide a track for the '59. I guess I'd ask why you want to do this? Huge amount of work fabricating body mounts, wheelbase difference, etc. Some gus are using S10's, but you face the same issues.

It's be much easier from a build standpoint yo use the original frame, swap rear ends to whatever you want and use either a dropped axle and disk brake kit or subframe the truck.

Brian
I believe the 57-59 apache's wont work with the s10 ext cab short red frame. I believe its to narrow. I have not checked yet but hopefully will soon see if the 60-65 C10 will work, I am hoping it will.
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s10 rame rails are wider apart than the full size trucks in the rear


in the front the s10 rails are only 24" apart on the inside
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s10 rame rails are wider apart than the full size trucks in the rear


in the front the s10 rails are only 24" apart on the inside
so basicly its close to impossible to find a frame to fit the apache...
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Steven , Nothing is impossible in the world of hotrodding. Some things could be difficult but not impossible. It all depends on your skill and ability to do what you want to do. You can put a 59 Chevy pickup body on any kind of chassis you want, Just Do It.
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Is the truck a short or long bed because i have a 60 long bed and i found out that a 77 sub. will fit the body off the 60 to a 77 frame without any cotting etc. jesus c
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when i had my 52 Chevy i was going to use a S-10 frame
they make a kit that will let you use the mounts on the S-10 frame
but then it will also let you use the mounting holes on the body
i have some info on this i will put up a link in a bit i just have to find it
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S10 Frame

Hey Ya'll, I'm almost sure that the s10 will work on 49-55 first series, but not on 55.1-59. I just posted this to Apache Boy on DD's thread. Some guys at ezchassis that have measured up a bunch of chassis and found some that work with just add on stubs for mounting. The sell kits to adapt various chassis to various trucks. While I can't personally vouch for these guys, it just seems like an easier way if you're hell bent on putting the truck on another chassis. It also seems like a better deal when you have limited metal fabrication skills.
http://www.e-zchassisswaps.com/index.htm

Just another possibility. olnolan
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I am considering putting a 59 chevy truck body on a 80-85 Chevy C-10 truck frame. I would like some more info about thhis swap. Thanks!
there is a gentlemen that make all the brackets you need for this job his name is ed lipinski from e-z chassis swaps i bought a set that i am working on if you talk to him tell him alex alanis from san antonio tex told you about him thanks
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