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Old 08-02-2005, 12:32 PM
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can I use an S10 Blazer frame for my 54 Chev?

I will be doing a full frame swap inder my 54 chev AD, I was going to go with a s10 truck, but I got thinking how cool it would be to use a 4x4 s10 blazer and have a 4x4 54 chev. Is this at all possible??

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Old 08-04-2005, 01:18 PM
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Anything's "possible", how much work ya wanna do?

Okay, get a tape measure out and plan on getting dirty. I'd start by making a top view (like a house floor plan) of BOTH vehicle frames. Make sure you clearly identify all the body mounts. If the wheelbase and width of the frames are close this should be relatively easy. You may have to move some crossmembers and fabricate or move body mounts, but similar size trucks aren't to hard to do.
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Old 08-04-2005, 02:17 PM
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The Blazer frame will be too short.....a 4x4 pickup frame would be closer.

I think that I would use a full size frame rather than the S10............
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Old 08-04-2005, 06:31 PM
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go ask the specialists

You could probably head over to www.chevytalk.com and post this question too. they have an area that deals for this era truck specifcially. This kind of question gets asked alot so I'm sure they could quickly tell you.
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Old 08-06-2005, 08:16 AM
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I have been thinking about doing the same thing on my 59 IH pickup. Since I have a variety of S10s I have been pondering which way to go. Using a S10 blazer and cutting the box down to make an extremely short box 4X4? Or using a S10 blazer and making a flatbed? I have a longbox 4X4 and a longbox 4X2 that the wheelbase is close to the IH wheelbase.
Anyhow the point to all this pondering is that I have been looking around websites and there is a real good one that I found the link to somewhere here on Hotrodders Bulletin Board somewhere but I could not find the post that I found it on this morning but here is the link--Suburban to S10 frame swap

Sorry that I was so long-winded this morning
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Old 08-06-2005, 08:31 AM
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Defintely doable IMHO..requires the getting out and getting dirty part..

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Anything's "possible", how much work ya wanna do?

Okay, get a tape measure out and plan on getting dirty. I'd start by making a top view (like a house floor plan) of BOTH vehicle frames. Make sure you clearly identify all the body mounts. If the wheelbase and width of the frames are close this should be relatively easy. You may have to move some crossmembers and fabricate or move body mounts, but similar size trucks aren't to hard to do.
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Old 08-06-2005, 09:57 AM
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Not to burst your bubble, but frame swaps rarely look good. If you look closely at car shows you'll see that the wheels either stick to far out, or they're to spread apart or to squished together. Why not stay stock frame? It worked and looked perfect when it came from the factory, so why re-invent the wheel? If you want good handling get a Mustang II style front end.



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Old 08-06-2005, 10:41 AM
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I totally agree with Nightfire. Of course the swap can be done but why discard the great stock frame? It is a perfect base for any suspension you would want to graft on and ANY modification you want to do to it will be infinitely easier than the swap.
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Old 08-07-2005, 07:57 AM
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Here is the post that I was wanting to direct you to yesterday. Hotrodders Knowledge Cluster: Front Clip Installs/Subframes/Frame Swaps

All kinds of good frame ideas.
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It's not 4x4, but a GM G-Body (78-82 cutlass, grand prix, malibu, el camino, or regal) frame has been used with great success. You get power disk breaks, power steering, and as a bonus the rear suspension is basicly a factory four-link. Only problem is G-bodies have a 108" wheelbase and th AD's are 116". most swaps I've seen shorten the bed to match new wheelbase. The rear end creates a bit of a problem as it is a fair bit narrower than stock, most I've seen run a 10" rear rim to push the wheel out to fill the wheel well. The look is awsome, if your looking for a lowrider not so great if your wanting a 4x4. The ride is great, at least compared to other trucks I've been in. Parts for these frames are super cheap too, even air-ride kits are cheap.
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cant be done.



OK maybe it can. 1979 chevy long bed 4x4 chassis, shortened 8 inches, rear disc brakes added.
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yes it can be done & has been, the s10 4wd axles are actually very nearly the same width as your 54 & s10 frames can be lengthened or shortened in the middle by grinding the welds loose & sliding one end in or out. ( one end slips inside the other ) but i agree with willys. the stock frame is a great one ( i know 'cause i've had a couple AD trucks ) & the body already fits it. there are alot of sites on the net showing this very swap ( it's actually getting popular ) & it looks like alot of bracketry work has to be done to make the body fit, especially in the radiator core support area. seems to me it would be alot easier to adapt the s10 front & rear end to the 54 frame. i've never understood all the facination with frame swaps. it always causes alot more work & like was already said usually looks like crapola.
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S-10 frame

I am trying to put a 40 Chevy pkup on an 89 S-10 4x4 frame. Lots of modifying. I have to move motor mounts and move cross members plus notch torsion bar cross member for the tranny to fit through but the member has to be put back in the original place for the 4x4 front suspension.
2 wheel drive frame is easier to use but than it wouldn't be a 40 4x4.
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Old 09-13-2005, 05:28 PM
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I would look more toward a newer chassis with the indepentant front suspension. Those old straight axle Blazers rode bad, handled bad and anything you set on that frame always looks wrong because the front axle is 3 1/2 inches wider than the back one.
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