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Old 02-27-2009, 12:30 PM
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new idea for a '72 chevy truck

I have a C10 that was a work truck for my grandpa. Itís been in my family since day one. My idea is to pay tribute to the truck and my family by bringing it into the century in a way that, to my knowledge, hasn't been done before. I would like to put the body of my truck on the chasse, engine, and basically the guts of a 2004.5 or newer 1500 duramax, while still keeping the same classic look. I'm not completely set on the duramax but depending on feasibility its my top choice. Thoughts?? What problems will I run into with the engine? Lineup? Transmission? Etc...

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A couple of things here. How much are you willing to do yourself, or have the capabilities, money wise or skill wise?
The reason i say this, IMO, the 68-72 Chev p.u.s were some of the nicest Chevy ever built, it would be a shame to get into this project and find out you're over your head and have wasted a nice truck.

Start by measuring the wheelbase. An inch or two difference can usually be cheated in the build somewhere. Measure the width of the track also. Measure the total length, is it too long, too short, are you going to have to lop a few inches off the frame to make the bed fit?

Open the hood of both, side by side if possible, if not, maybe some pics. Measure again, firewall to center line, is the engine going to fit under the hood.

Don't cut anything, wires, hoses, cables. With a little luck, maybe you can get some plug and play.
Good luck, there's some truck guys here much more knowledgable than myself, you'll get more help.
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check out, there are a couple of guys on there that have done this conversion. btw Duramax is only in 2500HD and larger, the 2010 is suppose to have a 4.5L Dmax but don't know if they are still doing it or it is on hold.
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