Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board - Reply to Topic
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum



Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Suspension - Brakes - Steering> The right frame for a 63 c10
User Name
Password
lost password?   |   register now

Thread: The right frame for a 63 c10 Reply to Thread
Title:
  
Message:
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Topic Review (Newest First)
11-07-2012 06:00 AM
hman17024 Thanks for the replying I'm going to look a lil more it to getting a newer front cross member I'm not an expert hot rodder but I'm try so I really do appreciate any advise. Going to do some. Digging around at pick n pull this weekend so hopefully I can find wat I need with out going broke
11-06-2012 10:04 PM
66GMC My 66 also had the 8.875 GM (12-bolt TRUCK) rear end, which was also used right through until (iirc) 1981. They're fairly stout, and also an easy swap.

Be sure to grab the 11-5/32" x 2-3/4" rear brake assy's as well.

If you go with a mid-70's 4x4 as the "donor", it will have the same 6-bolt pattern as your 63, retaining a somewhat "stock" appearance.

CPP or Classic Industries have the 6-bolt rotors for the front to match the spindles and calipers from your "upgraded" cross-member.

I love this aspect of the swap. ALL of the brake parts as well as ALL of the front steering and suspension on my truck are all 1976 C10 / K10 pieces (except the rotors of course)

NAPA part numbers for everything are in my journal.
11-06-2012 08:57 PM
Valkyrie5.7 I think I remember 63 having the newer frame. I know 62 doesn't and that's why I had to do a little work to make the 62 jimmy bed fit on my 65 chevy. Could be wrong though.

To the OP:

Do like 66GMC says and swap in a newer 73-87 front crossmember. I plan on doing that with mine, and going with an explorer 8.8 in the rear. I would suggest leaving the trailing arms in the back. They're the hot ticket. I like them so much, I plan on retrofitting them to my 96 c2500 eventually.
11-06-2012 08:33 PM
66GMC
Quote:
Originally Posted by lakeroadster View Post
The '63 frame is a good one. The trailing arm rear suspension was kept untill 1973 and was the basis for todays current NASCAR "truck arm" suspensions. In regards to the front end you can swap in a newer crossmember, or just upgrade your existing suspension with kits from someplace like CPP.

I sure wouldn't swap in a newer complete frame... that pretty much doubles the required skill level of the builder.
I think I looked at a '63 truck when I was debating a new cab. (The cab was wrong anyway)

IIRC, though, the frame was flat, and didn't have the "kick" where the front cross-member bolts up. Here's a pic of my 66 GMC frame, so you can see what I mean.


The newer (1976) cross-member was all but a "bolt-in" swap, (see my journal) but the stance is just a bit wider.

I *still* don't have it on the road yet, but I'm hoping it will be fine.
11-06-2012 07:40 PM
lakeroadster The '63 frame is a good one. The trailing arm rear suspension was kept untill 1973 and was the basis for todays current NASCAR "truck arm" suspensions. In regards to the front end you can swap in a newer crossmember, or just upgrade your existing suspension with kits from someplace like CPP.

I sure wouldn't swap in a newer complete frame... that pretty much doubles the required skill level of the builder.
11-06-2012 06:19 PM
hman17024
The right frame for a 63 c10

I have a 1963 c10 that I have been working on off and on and I have been debating weather to stick with the stock frame and swap out the the rear end wit a 12 bolt and go about getting a better suspension like every one else dose or swap the body on to a newer frame and go about it like that to get the ride a good ride quality that way?? I need I ideas. Any one know which way would be better to get more bang for my buck? Any replays would be greatly appreciated

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:13 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.