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Old 02-28-2005, 05:09 PM
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Well i guess i qualify being new to hotrodding so i guess ill tell y'all a little about me ad what im up to. I am 18 years old yes 18. And while most kids my age are honda grabbing i recently bought a 1948 chev pickup. Well the body of a 48 p/u but the entire truck is built on the chassis of a 74 chevy blazer. this give me the apperance of a 48, with luxuries that include powersteering, 4WD, and a 350/350 engine tranny combo. This all seems very neat on paper but the truck is everything but. The truck has been sitting for a long time (7 years) and i just got new distributor and ignigtion got the truck running again. the interrior is shot, i beleive the driver and passenger window cranks have been replaced with vise-grips, everything but the dash will need replaced. body is in great condition... for being that old, and well several things were handle very odly in the conversion. The hose going to the heater core has a shut off valve from a garden hose... All in all this will be a great truck to work on and have fun with. Now being new i need some help finding some parts and assistance.... The front end of the car is ridding high as the blazer wheel base is wider so the body of the truck is higher so the wheels wont rub on the fender. I was looking for a mustang II front end but they only have them avbailable for the original chassis. So finally some questions.... Hot Rod truck chassis for this truck, i am able to find few to none. Or a mustang 2 front end for the blazer or generic weld-in job? Opinions on engine stick with thesmall block or go big?? i want to have a truck capable of, if nothing else, showing up some tuner off the line. anyway ill try to keep everyone posted on the progress and i hope i get some great feedback from everyone thanks alot guys and happy hot rodding!!

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Well, you do have a unique set of problems I must say! You have discovered why chassis swaps are not the end-all be-all. They have their own (LARGE) set of problems. I'm sure you will get some input on this, AD pickups and chassis swaps are very popular topics on the board.
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Old 03-01-2005, 03:10 AM
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If you have the Blazer frame you can get the whole front suspension and crossmember from a 2wd pickup of similiar vintage and I think it will all bolt right in. Then you also have the option of buying lowered spindles. You can get wheels offset to keep the tires under the fenders. I know there are a lot of pickups and full size cars running Mustang2 front ends but I just can't warm up to the idea of putting a front suspension from a compact car under a truck. I'm sure the aftermarket variations can take the weight and stress but they are pricey. The originals as pulled from a donor car just don't look beefy enough to me.
There are lots of those old trucks around and several good sources for aftermarket restoration supplys so parts for the cab should be easy to find. Keep in mind when looking for door parts that some have wing windows and some don't. I'm not sure if it was a year split or a standard/deluxe option thing.
It's good to see young guys interested in vintage iron, hang in there on the truck and stay the course, you have a truck that an 18 year old budget can live with. If you are going back to a 2wd you may be able to recoupe some of your money selling off the 4x4 parts, especially if it has the 205 T-case. There isn't much demand for the 203 full time unit though.
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Old 03-01-2005, 07:08 AM
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Just a couple of other resources/forums that you might want to look at if you haven't already. - deals with AD trucks very often - good set of forums that break down into specific models

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Old 03-01-2005, 11:43 AM
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I'd probably go with the 2wd swap, drop spindles and stuff, get a little $ for the 4wd parts, and make it a "rat rod" of sorts until money comes along to make it pretty. Just make sure it's fairly comfortable and safe to drive.

There are at least 7 of those trucks near my house I know of, in a junkyard, along with a 65? Galaxie coupe that's complete and in pretty good shape.

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get rid of the 4X4 chassy and drop the body on a 1/2 ton chevy PU chassy. Still gonna sit kind a high!! There is always the S-10 chassy setup to try??


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Old 03-05-2005, 02:58 PM
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I have a 53 Chevy pick-up,I would loose the 4wd frame and look for a original frame and start from there.Go with a mustang ll front end with 2" drop spindles .It will look more like a rod in the end.Take your time and do it right,you won't be disappointed
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