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Old 11-19-2010, 11:35 AM
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still tossing around the different ways of getting ifs in my '58. the accounting dept has informed me that there will be no budget for a heidts or tci swap, so I am looking at a '76-81 camaro front clip. it just occured to me that the S10 ZR2 has a wider track width, 61.16" compared to the 2 wheel drive option that was 54.47". has anyone looked into this route? that would give me a 4 wheel drive option which I could use in the Canadian winters. I know I will have to fab up some cab mouts and etc etc, but they don't call it a project truck for nothing, right? I would also be looking at dropping it as much as possible so it looks like a 2 wd, not a monster truck.

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Old 11-21-2010, 03:06 PM
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I assume you are talking about a 58 Chevy pickup ?????
Do you want 2 wheel drive or 4wd ?
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58 chev truck-s10 frame

looking at the zr2 s10 frame because it has roughly the same wheelbase and track width. from what i have read, if it is a zr2 it is 3 inches wider. if you have any input it would br greatly appreciated.
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That has been done, but i'm sure it's a lot of work. Solid axles from a 71 to 87 4x4 Chevy or GMC will work easier. The front 4x4 axle bolts right to the stock leaf springs and the rearend just relocate the springs pads on the housing. It wouldn't be a monster truck unless you got crazy with tire size.
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solid axle 4x4 under 58 chev 1/2 ton

do you know anybody that might have some pics of this kind of swap? otherwise looking at the tci crossmember swap. I already looked into the camaro front clip swap, but I want to keep the strength of the 1/2 ton frame. sometimes I haul or tow stuff. if I went for the 4x4 swap it would have to be subtle, like nobody would be able to tell unless they looked underneath. I do like that idea though, it gets snowy here in calgary.
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The 57 Chevy pickup I have now, I installed a FatMan Fabracitions stage 2 Mustang II front end in. It's been in about 14 years and still working great. A 57 I had years ago had 72 Chevy 4x4 running gear in with 30" tall tires , it sat like your typical 4x4 with solid axles
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