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Old 10-08-2006, 08:07 PM
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Frame swap.

I have a 50 Chevy 4 door that I am playing with the idea of putting the body on another frame. It has a 115 inch wheel base. Any ideas on another car I can use the frame from? Would swapping a sub frame from a Nova be a bad idea? I would like to upgrade to front disks and put a 4.3 V-6 I have in it and it seems the easiest way to achive that.
All ideas are welcome here. Thanks.

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Old 10-09-2006, 06:28 AM
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The Nova subframe should work out..Just check the hub to hub width of the subframe before you start..shoudl be very close to the original..On that car the S-10 frame swap may work as well..I believe the wheelbase on some models of S-10 are close to what you need..As well as the track width is close to the original..If the width is off too much it will look funny..

If it becomes necessary it can be done that one uses the front clip and back half from the S-10 and then uses 2x4 square tube for the frame rails..

As usual measure twice cut once..

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I'm pretty sure S-10 frames are somewhere between 110-115"...but I dunno. I think a G-Body would work though, seems like I remember them being a foot longer than a Chevette, which would put it around 113"...maybe.
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So far I have an extra cab S-10 that comes in at 124 a standard cab long bed that comes in at 120 and an 81 olds cutlass that comes in at 110 I think. I have a sub frame from a Nova as well so I guess I just have to put some though into this to make it work right. At least the parts are free.
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Check post #10 in this thread.

You might want to view the second link that is in that post. It gives a good diagram of what the S-10 frame looks like. It is compared to a suburban frame, but it should give you an idea of what to expect.
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Check post #10 in this thread.

You might want to view the second link that is in that post. It gives a good diagram of what the S-10 frame looks like. It is compared to a suburban frame, but it should give you an idea of what to expect.
I don't see a link there.
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I don't see a link there.
You are supposed to read my mind

Here is the link, sorry I forgot to paste it in when I wrote the reply.

S10 pickup or S10 Blazer frame?

Check the two links in post #10 in the link above. There that's better
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I tried that but I don't have ESPN anymore. Thanks for the link
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It looks like an S-10 isn't the right play here just by reading about the frame. So if anyone is still reading this thread what's involved in putting a subframe from a Nova under my car?
I haven't searched that yet but will now.
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53 Pontiac on a Monte Carlo frame

Hello, It's not as hard as it seems to swap a frame. I would suggest going with a complete car frame, including the later model engine, transmission and rear axle, instead of a subframe. Check out an '80s GM midsize frame in a junkyard. The wheelbase doesn't matter, it's easy to cut a section out, and weld it back together for the right wheelbase. Then just set the body on the frame, space it up a half inch, move whatever is in the way, and weld up brackets off the sides for your body mounts. I did my Pontiac 20 years ago that way, and I'm still driving it.
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I'am doing a 83 elcomino under my 47 ford 4 dr. easy swap let me know if you want pictures.
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I would love pictures of that swap. Thanks
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frame swap

I've started thinking about this and found specs at http://www.carfolio.com/
Any ideas on engine height, fitting things under the original hood?
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frame swap

I'm fairly new to this forum thing, but just found your discussion about frame swapping... When I get caught up some of these other projects.. I have a ' 48 Dodge 4 dr, I want to chop, maybe section, ( never done that ! ) but, I am thinking a frame swap for this. I like "Bonehead"s suggestion, espescially using 80's stuff under it. I'm thinking maybe a "nailhead " up front. For now. I'm just going to stand back and maybe learn a little.

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For anyone thinking about using the S-10 frame, I have measurements and photos of a 52 Ford pickup on an S-10 frame on my website. If you're doing a Dodge, you might consider just a front suspension swap from a Dodge Aspen or Volare. I've seen the Aspen/Volare swap done on a 39 Dodge 2 door coupe and on 48-52 Ford pick ups. It's almost a bolt on.

My website:
www.geocities.com/lakota_circle_dancer/swap1

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