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10-03-2012 10:22 PM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by BOBCRMAN@aol.com View Post
I HATE the idea of the frame swap just because they are so darn ugly if no other reason. But that kit looks like it could be pretty smooth. Still ugly, but it looks like it would work.

Brian
10-03-2012 10:19 PM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by DinoBrunson View Post
Thanks for the info Brian, I am brand new at this so, all info is very helpful. What parts would you reccomomend (for a limited budget) to get things off the ground for this project? I think to modify my existing frame I will need the mustang II front end.. I Have a ford 9 inch that will need to be gone through... I have all the body parts and they are in good shape just need to bang out some dents.... was told that this frame (which is already lowered with disc brakes, air bags, would be easier and cheaper than buying a new mustang II front end and re-gearing the 9" that I have... Like I said, any info for me to make this a summer time cruiser (that will last) is helpful... I am trying to get the entire truck finished by May 2013 as you know, and need to get in the right direction ASAP...

Thanks for the help
Upgrading these trucks is so darn easy it isn't funny! Changing frames, that is a HUGE ordeal. Sell off what you have and start looking for the best Mustang II set up.

Brian
10-03-2012 09:58 PM
BOBCRMAN@aol.com Here is some info Advanced-Design Engineering S10 Frame Swap for AD Trucks Definitive S-10 Frame Swap Vehicle List - THE H.A.M.B.
10-03-2012 07:32 PM
Cape Cod Bob Did you Google 1950 Chevy truck build ? I did and got some hits you may like !AOL Search

Also saw an ad for "Overhaulin" today that says they will be doing a 54 chevy this week. Not sure what network carries that show, but I think it will be on at nite.
10-03-2012 06:24 PM
DinoBrunson Thanks for the info Brian, I am brand new at this so, all info is very helpful. What parts would you reccomomend (for a limited budget) to get things off the ground for this project? I think to modify my existing frame I will need the mustang II front end.. I Have a ford 9 inch that will need to be gone through... I have all the body parts and they are in good shape just need to bang out some dents.... was told that this frame (which is already lowered with disc brakes, air bags, would be easier and cheaper than buying a new mustang II front end and re-gearing the 9" that I have... Like I said, any info for me to make this a summer time cruiser (that will last) is helpful... I am trying to get the entire truck finished by May 2013 as you know, and need to get in the right direction ASAP...

Thanks for the help
10-03-2012 05:18 PM
MARTINSR Here's a dropped front axle. This is new and a modern design. I actually have one of these (though it's for a 55-59) and it's a damn nice piece.

1947-54 Chevy/GMC Pickup Dropped Axle - Speedway Motors, America's Oldest Speed Shop

Brian
10-03-2012 05:12 PM
MARTINSR You have been sold a sock of poop as far is info. Unless that frame has had some extensive work done to it, as well as the rad support and inner fenders on the truck you have a LOT (read that LOT) of work. We are talking adding a room onto your house kinda work.

First off, unless it's an S-10 frame it is WAY too big.

There is no such thing as a frame "swap", it requires a LOT of fabrication to pull off making a frame fit another vehicle, it is the rage apparently in 2000's to do this, I don't get it, I have seen way too many of these that look like every loving crap.

There are zillions of kits and parts to upgrade your original frame. Awesome springs that make it ride beautiful, dropped axles, bolt on disc brakes, there are ZILLIONS of kits out there. You can swap to independent with a bolt on kit in one weekend!

Look at what just one place has. Classic Truck Chassis & Suspension Parts - Speedway Motors, America's Oldest Speed Shop

You want this thing done by May, sand blast and paint (or simply have it powder coated they will blast it for you) your original frame, get that Speedway bolt in crossmember and your done. If you want to shop around for a Mustang II crossmember there are tons of them, get some good references (personally I have no idea if that Speedway one is good or not) but there are TONS of options for these trucks. Changing frames changes EVERYTHING. Running board mounts, bumper mounts, the rad support has to be cut all up, the inner fenders, the steering has to be changed, the motor has to be moved from the stock location on the frame, there is NO SUCH THING as a frame "swap". It is no different (not a tiny bit) than trying to put a fender from an 84 pickup on your truck! "COULD" it work, sure with enough work. But making one from scratch would be a lot easier.

I have owned one of these trucks for 40 years, drove it every day, drove it all over Cal, it WORKED with the stock suspension and that was with crap old junk. Rebuilt with the new super ride springs and such, they drive sweet.

REALLY think hard before you start such a HUGE project as modifying the wrong frame (or fender) to fit your truck.

And as far as money, by the time you rebuild the suspension and find that you need another rear end anyway and the steering box is shot and on and on you save NOTHING. Add up REALISTICALLY what it will cost and you will find that buying some nice rod parts that were made to update your truck are no more money than that frame "swap". The "swap" is simply a money swap, time swap and work swap. You swap money time and work spent onto the wrong frame to force it to work, that's all.

Brian
10-03-2012 04:43 PM
DinoBrunson
1950 chevy truck Frame Swap

I'm looking for some advise. I am rebuilding a 1950 chevy truck and have purchased a 1984 chevy truck frame, that I was told I could make work for this project. Does anyone out there know if this is the case? I have the 84 frame ready to be sandblasted and painted but, want to make sure this application will work before putting any more money into it. I'm trying to have this truck done by May of 2013 for my 10 year anniversary.... Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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