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02-10-2014 06:57 PM
vortectim Can I see a picture of this on your truck? It looks nice, just not sure how it would work.
02-09-2014 10:06 PM
Oregonite
Tailgate latches

Go to a marine store and buy latches they use on boats.Hatch Fastener Anti-Rattle 3-3/4" Chrome by Seachoice | Marine Products Pro Shop The ones I used were the same type but were made by Perko. They won't be hidden but will be on the inside corners.
02-09-2014 09:43 PM
vortectim
Hidden tailgate latch

Hey guys, it's been a while since I've checked in. I just wanted to see if any of y'all have used a hidden tailgate latch kit in your truck. I'm trying to decide which one to use. Need some help. Thanks.
12-05-2013 06:04 AM
57plaid
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Thank you Nolan for your response.

I am looking to convert one to 4x4 and was looking for dimensions of hub to hub to get a more accurate dimension.

Thanks again Bill
Bill, I have used the 73-87 shortbed 4x4 on a 57. There is a 3" difference in wheelbase that must be addressed. Some shorten the frame, some move the fenders. Also, there is a kit available to mate these together from ezchassisswap that includes wheelbase correctors. As you probably know, this will give you the same lifted look of the Napco trucks, but with a wider choice of gear ratios. You may also add just the axles/transfer case to your stock frame.
I want a 4x4 that sits slightly lower than these, so I'm going to try the later chassis, such as a 2000 or newer. We'll see how it goes.
12-01-2013 09:53 AM
Oregonite I've heard that the older '69-'72 K5 Blazer running gear works great.
11-30-2013 10:24 PM
dsraven for 2 wheel drive the tread width is 60.75 front, 61.02 rear. this is from the assembly manual. tread width appears to be the centre line of the tread where it contacts the road surface. don't know if that does you any good or not, but hopefully you get something figured out.
11-30-2013 09:49 PM
OLNOLAN
NAPCO link and a source for good info

Bill, here's a link to a NAPCO organization that you may may helpful;The NAPCO 4x4 Homepage

Also a member/contributor to this thread 57halfton(Gene) has built (converted) one before and may be able to give you some tips on what to use, etc. Nolan
11-30-2013 09:07 PM
Truck21
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Originally Posted by OLNOLAN View Post
Bill, the front tread width is 60 1/2" center to center, the rear is 61" center to center. Here is a link to the original specifications;

1956 Chevrolet Specifications

Nolan
Thank you Nolan for your response.

I am looking to convert one to 4x4 and was looking for dimensions of hub to hub to get a more accurate dimension.

Thanks again Bill
11-30-2013 06:27 PM
OLNOLAN
Cl to cl

Bill, the front tread width is 60 1/2" center to center, the rear is 61" center to center. Here is a link to the original specifications;

1956 Chevrolet Specifications

Nolan
11-30-2013 04:09 PM
Truck21
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Hello I've been looking everywhere, well everywhere but where the info is, for the front and rear end wms to wms width of the 55-59 trucks.

Thanks for your help
Bill
The rear looks to be 62 wms to wm?
11-30-2013 03:48 PM
Truck21
1955 - 1959 Front and rear end width wms to wms

Hello I've been looking everywhere, well everywhere but where the info is, for the front and rear end wms to wms width of the 55-59 trucks.

Thanks for your help
Bill
11-12-2013 11:57 AM
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11-11-2013 05:15 PM
cal1320 Maybe not near death, just sleeping. Loads of info in this thread for those that need it. Nothing to really do on mine except keep driving it as often as possible. Even though it's a beater, it never fails to attract questions and from people.
11-10-2013 01:43 PM
ogre bringing this thread back from a near death experience

winter project list...
high beam head light relay
fine tune cruise control (adjust dip switches) which involves removing the console and getting at the control box
maybe some touch up paint (it's a driver)
book rooms for 2014 hot rod power tour
08-12-2013 09:26 AM
1stproject What youíre saying makes sense. I guess I will bite the bullet and have to replace it.
Sorry to hear about your back run of luck on those parts. Itís hard to tell when looking at some of the remanufactured parts, if they are good quality or not.
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