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nybronc 09-29-2012 10:59 AM

morris minor- s10 frame ??
anyone have any insight on putting a morris minor on a s10 frame ?, like to do it , track similar on both vehicles ? i think the frame needs to be shortened a bit,any input would be a great help. thanks

timothale 09-29-2012 11:49 AM

what's the plan.
From My experience most swaps are not as easy as you are led to believe. What are you going to build?, Drag race gasser,?/ street car with newer engine , ? auto cross ? funny car tilt up body?.

nybronc 09-29-2012 12:02 PM

building a street car, strip once in a while coupe, poss. straight axle, if so down the road some, try it with front coils first.

delawarebill 09-29-2012 02:17 PM

m/m nice
don't know of the fit.. i had a '59 van.. or what ever they call the truck like body.. matter a fact i just saw a sedan (car) among a bunch of Mg's not far from me... nice proj u got...

Crosley 09-29-2012 03:21 PM

I've got a 1962 Morris Minor 1000 2 door car about 15 feet from me... I dont see a S-10 fitting width or length.

It is a steel S-10 frame , so it can be cut n welded.

I bought a chassis kit from Jegs with roll cage for my Morris.. a straight axle will under the front, 4 link drag style suspension in the back end

nybronc 09-30-2012 08:55 AM

i'll have to check that out at jegs ,from what i've read a s10 works if shortened, didn't read were width was a issue, what did the jegs frame kit include ?

MARTINSR 09-30-2012 10:31 PM

It will take WAY more than simply "shortening" an S-10 frame. It takes PILES of fabrication to use the wrong frame under a car.


timothale 10-01-2012 07:23 AM

Frame Swap
I'll never do another frame swap unless I actually closely examine one somebody else has done. Years ago I put the 48 Jeepster (4 cyl 2 WD) on a 4 x 4 Jeep truck FC 3/4 ton Chevy V8 power, chassis. That one was easy, the frames both had the same contour, the truck was longer in the rear and longer in the front. I used a later GM P/S gear box. Popular swap for Jeeps. The big tires stuck out but the wheel base was the same. fast foreward 20 years My son started to get the jeepster back on the road, It needed a total brake rebuild, Minimum parts cost about $ 500, Then we saw a longer nose 53 pickup at a car show on a blazer , the kid said it was easy. I found a rusted blazer with 8 wheels, 4 good big tires, no engine for $ `150. We sold the 4 X 4 Jeep chassis with an OD conversion for $ 300, the scrap iron body parts for $ 50, sounds good so far. Then the fun started, to get the engine to fit with the rear axle lined up we had to move the engine, trans, T case, back 8 inches, New motor mount brackets, trans mount, new Front and Rear drive shafts, New steering shaft, New mounts for the clutch and brakes, new mounts for the E brake, Relocate the rear shock crosmember, rebuild the rear seat floor pan to clear the frame contour. Neither the blazer or jeep gas tank would fit, new rear bumper and trailer hitch, the front axle is an inch or so foreward from the jeepster location but that gives more clearance for big tires , and the longer front frame gave a good winch mounting areas.

MARTINSR 10-01-2012 07:45 AM

I liken it to putting an S-10 fender on the Morris Minor, would we try that? It CAN be done with enough modification. But making one from scratch would be easier.


406 bug 10-01-2012 11:04 PM

As Brian stated, after all is said and done, building from scratch is best. Look at my bug Pics, may provide some ideas. All round tube crome moly.

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