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Old 04-20-2017, 01:02 PM
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Chev luv spindle replacement

I have been told the chev S-10 spindles will work by reaming the spindles for the luv ball joints.

If this is true then 5 bolt pattern and disks become an easy deal, so has anyone done this on a chev luv?

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The fact that you can hold them up doesn't mean the suspension or steering geometry will be correct.
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I thought s much but it does not hurt to ask if anyone has done it successfully. Probably will go either straight axle or MII on this project..

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Compare the LUV truck hub & rotor assembly with other cars that have 5 lugs. 2000 up Monte Carlo etc. If the hub to spindle bolt pattern is the same you can still have your five lug hubs. Making sure the caliper will work is your biggest hurdle. GM used the metric calipers on everything so I'll bet it will be the same...
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We bit the bullit and ordered a straight 4 inch drop axle with the proper spindles and brake setup.. All we need are some springs and hope our existing steering box will work..

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I have been told the chev S-10 spindles will work by reaming the spindles for the luv ball joints.
Would have thought the S-10 ball joint shafts to be bigger than the LUV ones... so have to enlarge the holes in LUV A-arms for S-10 parts...

I think S-10 knuckles were same as RWD Monte Carlo/A/G bodies ones...
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Just throwing this out late in the game...

LUV truck spindles/uprights (which incidentally are designed with architecture to accommodate 4WD) are very tall, have both ball joint shanks pointing the same way, have the steering arm in an odd spot up-down and anything else including S-10/G-body parts are totally incompatible. The best you can do is a Toyota 5-lug disc on the LUV spindle, requiring some machine work, and then what you end up with is too wide to look right on a hot rod. The total MII setup would be the way to go, or the straight-axle as has been chosen except there's going to be some stability and steering challenges.
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I think we can deal with the straight axle issues. Been there done that. Thanks for the input..

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Knowing this is a done-deal, I still question my earlier belief that "nothing" will work as a spindle replacement for the LUV. I always hate to say something can't be done, in continuing to look into it and for the benefit of anyone else happening along it's seeming like there'd be a chance that if the lower control arm were modified to make the ball joint stud go up instead of down, a Corvette C4 set might work. They are front-steer for correct Ackermann, the steering arm is about the right height, the spindle itself looks about the right height in the upright...the only thing would be to confirm with actual parts in hand that the distance between ball-joint centers is the same or a little more in the C4 (in their normal orientation) and the LUV (in it's normal orientation). If that all worked out, it would leave things to be mostly a matter of picking usable ball joints or making do however with sleeves etc. and the control arm fab, still simpler than other options. Wheels used would then need to have the C4-type negative offset, ideally. All this would then keep the stock steering system...for better or worse.

Just food for thought.
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Curious about what year the LUV is? My '79 had five lug wheels...

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Curious about what year the LUV is? My '79 had five lug wheels...

Russ
This one is a 79 but it was diesel so the 6 lug wheels.

WE have decided to make it a shop truck. We are putting a straight axle in it and a BBC with a glide and a possibly a Dana 60 with 4.56 gears. the objective is to use up at least some of the accumulated parts and pieces that are growing dust in the shop. Straight axle has arrived and we will bring the BBC over sometime next week. Dana 60 needs to be narrowed and will need a bit of work to make that function.

Should be a bit of a fun build.

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