hey im puttn a s10 long bed frame under my 52 chevy truck and i need to know a couple of places to get frame kits for this project .thanks
07-09-2012 07:26 PM
Frame "kit" for that swap does not exist. You can get a frame "kit" for an AD truck but it's going to consist of a direct fit frame with modern suspension, and it's probably going to be a lot more than your thinking of spending.
The S10 swap onto an AD pickup is a swap that has proven to work decent, but it's going to be more involved than your thinking. It will involve at the very least, changing the body mount locations, coming up with bumper brackets, radiator supports and fender supports. it's not that hard for an experienced person, but if you require a kit to get it done, it may not be for you.
07-09-2012 08:40 PM
thanks matt167 . i bought this project from a guy and he told me that there was a kit . haha on me learning already .what is an ad truck and i like a challenge . i learn pretty fast as you see lol
07-09-2012 09:18 PM
AD= Advanced design. '47-'55 1st series Chevrolet and GMC trucks, excluding cab over engine models
07-10-2012 05:52 AM
im lookn for any help i can get. thanks for the help so far.i dont have the original frame to move the body and bumper brackets from the old frame to the s10 . can you give me some advice. or do i have to make them ?
07-10-2012 09:16 AM
You will have to make everything from scratch then. One of the hardest parts about using another frame is cutting away the obstructions from the frame or the body parts like the inner fenders on the front. I have never done an S-10 frame under one of these trucks but God knows there are a lot who have. I forget the users name on here that did one, he only comes by once in a while and I forget his name. I think over at http://www.stovebolt.com/ubbthreads/...&Number=604050 there are a ton of threads on the subject.
Personally, I would find a stock frame, I replaced the frame in mine with another original just a couple of years ago and it took me all of about a day to find one, they are pretty common. There is NO SUCH THING as a "bolt in" or anything like that, it takes a bunch of modifications to both truck parts and frame, when it's all done if it's worth it, that is up to the owner some are thrilled with the result others aren't. I did the other very popular mod to these trucks, I put a Camaro clip. And this is the reason why I bought another original frame because I feel it was a mistake. First it robbed all the identity of the truck, you can install a Mustang II IFS and it just doesn't rob the identity like cutting that frame in half and welding on that big, ugly, clumbsy Camaro front end. Doing a complete frame "swap" is even worse, it just isn't an "old truck" anymore.
This is a PERSONAL opinion about MY truck not yours or anyone else's what you do is your opinion, I am just telling you how I feel about MY truck.
07-10-2012 05:30 PM
hey thanks for the info martinsr.thought of a fatman font end on a stock frame before . if anybody has any info on this please give me your input .is it that difficult to do and how about steering wheel shake