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Old 10-08-2005, 10:40 PM
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does anyone know anything about swapping the front clip from a 73-83? chevy truck , into a 62 chevy shortbox is it easy any thing to look out for

thanks cody

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Old 10-09-2005, 06:41 AM
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I would be more tempted to swap the whole frame from the later model. I think it would be easier.
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Old 10-09-2005, 09:09 AM
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does anyone know anything about swapping the front clip from a 73-83? chevy truck , into a 62 chevy shortbox is it easy any thing to look out for

thanks cody
Very easy to do ... at least it was on my 66 GMC.
Have a look at my project journal. It has pics of what simple mods need to be done.

I still haven't mounted my 454, but the mounts look like they should work.

If not http://www.performanceonline.com/sto...cat=455&page=1 these would probably do the job.

Just a sec ... 62 has tortion bar suspension right? Hmmm ... It MIGHT be a bit tougher on that. Although ... where the clip bolts to the frame is likely all that matters.

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chassis swap

I did one a few years ago that involved swapping out a 3/4 ton suburban body that was beat up for a pickup cab and box and all that was needed was to do some rework to the body mounts as I recall..

Worked out real well in that case..take some measurements as I do not believe the overall dimensions of the chev full size trucks were all that much different from year to year..

Now if the frame rails line up it can be done by splicing the front of one chassis to the rear of another..you have to be right on as far as square and on center when this is done but you know that any way..we box the splice section when we do this..this is done if for instance you have a long wheelbase chassis and you need a short wheelbase chassis for your project..

Lokk thru the journals to see how others have made this work out..

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Now if the frame rails line up it can be done by splicing the front of one chassis to the rear of another..you have to be right on as far as square and on center when this is done but you know that any way..we box the splice section when we do this..this is done if for instance you have a long wheelbase chassis and you need a short wheelbase chassis for your project..

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No ... perhaps "front clip" is not the term to use for what I did...

I just swapped the front suspension thing ... the crossmember, control arms, coil springs, steering linkage. It attaches to the frame with about 7 bolts per side. Really easy swap.

Here is a picture of the original (drum brake) and the replacement (disc brake) SUSPENSION "clips".

As far as doing a complete frame swap ... nahhhh.
My 66 has a WB of 127", 73-87 are 131"

My original intention was to use the 5-lug disc brake rotors from the 76, and order or re-drill the rear axles in order to have 5-lug there, too.

Instead, I've decided to keep the 6-lug rear axles, and order some 6-lug front disc rotors from Scott's Super Trucks. Easier, cheaper, and safer.
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