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Old 10-10-2007, 08:23 AM
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newer chassis for 1958 GMC Pickup

I have a 1958 GMC Pickup and would like to set the body on a newer chassis. Any suggestions?

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Some of the later GM chassis will probably work but you are going to have to do a lot of modification in the area of the core support an inner fender wells. Also you will have to raise the floor in the bed somewhat to clear the kickup in the frame for the rear suspension.

If your bare frame is sitting out without a body on it you can see that it is almost straight and flat from one end to the other. The later frames have kickups at both ends to accomodate the suspension.

I'm not saying that it can't be done but to do it so that it ends up looking like it belongs that way is going to take a lot of work.

The best way to start is to crawl under later model trucks with a tape measure and see if you think it will work.
I've seen these things set on car frames in the past, they usually look good from a distance and drive well but tend to be a bit crude up close.
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Thanks for that information. Really appreciate it.
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I have a 1958 GMC Pickup and would like to set the body on a newer chassis.

As a Moderator here ... I would like to WELCOME you to Hotrodders.com

As a general rule, frame swaps do not work out well ...
If your frame is not damaged ... you would be better off upgrading it ... IMHO. Power steering, disc brakes and IFS upgrades all are available.

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raginred there are a bunch of us truck guys here.Go to the hotrodders lounge and find the thread "55 to 59 chevy truck owners".We would be happy to help with any of your questions.
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I agree with Deuce. After struggling with the same question for my 55 Chevy shortbox stepside, I decided to upgrade the stock chassis with boxing plates, a TCI IFS, TCI drop-leaf rear spring kit, power steering, 4-wheel disk brakes, etc. With any luck, it'll be ready for a test ride this weekend to start the sorting out process for the chassis. All the mods were easily accomplished in my home garage. The only body mods that are required are notching the inner fender panels to clear the upper control arms, and tubbing the bed to accomodate a narrow rear/fat tires. All this results in a 6/4 drop for a slammed look (no bags, this will be a driver), and hopefully a good handling truck...probably less work too. Swapping out the chassis might result in a better ride, but to me, it wouldn't be a vintage truck any more. I'm crazy that way, I know.

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