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01-21-2013 10:10 PM
Layitout My buddy did a89 s10 swap, and made it a daily For his son in one month, spent less than 3 Grand altogether
11-28-2012 01:08 PM
Yeller Truck I used my old frame with modifications with a corvette front clip and diff mount
01-09-2010 09:37 AM
uncle lar
1950 frame

you might try a old jeep truck frame go to classic cars they built a frame for the truck they restored last year
12-22-2009 09:33 PM
DG racing
Originally Posted by fezz-man
I have a 1951 gmc on a 78 chev shortbox frame . The set up works well except that the front overall width from rotor to rotor is wider than stock. if you are lowering, you will have a real bear finding tires and rims that will fit in the fenders. Use a mustang 2 set up or get the shortened A arms from Fatman Fabricators. I wish I had, but with a lot of time looking for rims and tires, i just barely got my tires under the fenders. narrow rims and tires. works for me
do you have picture of your truck,

because i whant me to to put a my 54 cab on a 78 frame 1 tonne
11-22-2009 11:46 AM
1950 frame

Hi There, I Have A 1950 As Well And I Put A Camaro Front Clip On Ifs, Front Steer So Its 2nd Gen. Fully Boxed As Well. Like Other Replies I Read Based On Your Question, I Have To Say If You Have Access To A Frame Bench Or Are Capable Of Building Jig For Your Frame To Do The Work Along With Welding Experience, You Can Look Up Specs. And Probably Get Away With Doing It Your Self, How Else Do You Learn. Good Luck And Write If You Have Any Other Questions.
10-11-2009 03:37 PM
Stevekantercool 20 years ago I put a 1950 three window Chevrolet truck cab, bed, fenders,etc. on a 1983 Chevrolet short bed 1/2 ton truck frame. I had all the modern systems (suspension, steering, brakes, frame, and more). Remarkable, the dimensions of the 1950 truck and the 1983 truck were very close. I did have to weld on running board supports, and some other fabrication was needed, but overall it was a very simple swap with great results. The truck still runs and handles great, and repair parts are still readily available when needed.

I'm not really in favor of the S-10 frame swap because I think it's not beefy enough. That being said, I have many friends who like and have used the S-10 frame on many different projects, including trucks, without any problems.
09-13-2008 03:52 PM
Chevrolet4x4s Here's a couple build threads.

09-13-2008 12:19 PM
fezz-man I have a 1951 gmc on a 78 chev shortbox frame . The set up works well except that the front overall width from rotor to rotor is wider than stock. if you are lowering, you will have a real bear finding tires and rims that will fit in the fenders. Use a mustang 2 set up or get the shortened A arms from Fatman Fabricators. I wish I had, but with a lot of time looking for rims and tires, i just barely got my tires under the fenders. narrow rims and tires. works for me
09-13-2008 07:15 AM
OneDropTop72 Countilaw thanks so much for the pictures looks like a clean installation.
You are right the kit does look very professional and the cab mounts are completely different than the cheesy AD kit no bare metal here ,and parts look more beefier than I imagined looks real good, also the front bumper and radiator support attaches to the frame horns should make aligning the fenders and hood a snap,
You did say the kit has a master cylinder mount for the firewall I wonder if the original brake booster can be kept. my S10 is a 2004 the truck is complete I haven’t taken it apart yet, there is a whole lot going on with the antilock brakes I stop counting the brake lines running from the manifold sitting atop the steering column they look real busy, these brakes work great now” again this kit seems to be constructed very well and no doubt it will be my choice I have two more of these Old Navy trucks to do” I have purchased a 89 frame with no engine and plan on dropping a 383 in the next conversion but as for this truck I want to keep every thing, the V6 and A/C and antilock brakes” send some more pictures when you have time
09-12-2008 11:33 PM
Countilaw Here is a pic of the kit on my S-10 frame.
These are just the cab, box and radiator support bracket on the frame. There are alot more parts in the kit. Even plates to smooth the firewall and adapt the S-10 brake booster, master cylinder and pedals to the firewall. It's really a nice kit.

09-12-2008 12:48 AM
OneDropTop72 Ok Countilaw
You are the first person who has used this kit" I've been checking and it looks like $1600,00 after the steering kit is thrown in, I think I'll contact EZ swap tomorrow and talk with them on the do,s and dont's thank for that Information, I've done fab work before and there is a lots of trail fitting that can become a real pain in the you know what "I would like to have this baby on the streets by next spring I'll be looking for you for pointers when I start the conversion"
09-12-2008 12:12 AM
Countilaw Onedroptop, I've used the EZ-Swap kit and found it well worth the money. It has all the parts needed for the adaptation of the truck to the S-10 frame. It even includes adapters to use the original S-10 steering column and steering gear.

It really takes the guessing out of how high to mount the cab, location and height of the bed, alignment of the running boards and location of the radiator support.

And believe me, all these truck parts have to match up in front to rear measurements, but height measurements as well.

The EZ-Swap kits is very professionally manufactured kit. I won't be ashamed of having my truck on a rack with some grease jockey looking at my work.

09-12-2008 12:00 AM
OneDropTop72 Hey Thanks Brother
I'm leaning on getting the engine mounts from EZ Swap and hammering out the rest of this conversion myself I'm retired and have lots of time to fab it's cheaper"
09-11-2008 10:37 PM

You can even get the brackets made at a local fab shop there was a thread on that had the bracket schematics for this swap, 2.5" wheel spacers run about $69 a pair,and clapped out s-10s are cheap

09-11-2008 09:25 PM
OneDropTop72 Hey Guys
I'm an good welder and fab Man"
I have 2 Old Navy 1950 Pickups ,one five window and one 3 window, I was planning on doing the S10 frame swap using EZ swap kit,on one of these truck . One has a frame that could be reworked but the other frame was cut in half and fish plated some where in it's history and showing lots of RUST and is totaly not useable.
For this 1950 3100 5 window I purchased a 2004 S10 standard cab pickup 118inch wheel base with only 83.000 miles on its 4.3 Vortex v6 with a 4 speed auto that I plan on keeping it runs sweet everything works ,The EZ swap kit calls for relocation of the stock v6 engine because of the firewall location,and a 4x4 rear end is called for to give clearance at the rear tires,up front ther is extra long wheel studs and spacers to get the right stance I'm still asking question before I jump in head over heels,just getting all my ducks in a row looks like beside the 2004 pickup these extra parts are called for the EZ Swap kit, a 4x4 rear axel, 3inch drop spindles and the correct driveshaft, the steering will be the next issue mybe a IDIDIT GM style column I would like to keep the 1950 dash clusters but run new gauges havent figered where to put the check engine Light yet.In my studies there seems to be only two people who offer this S10 frame Swap Kit, AD and EZ Swap ,the AD kits seems to have a lots more parts needed than what comes in their kit than EZ Swap kits. sounds like no one has done this swap in this forum or they just ,or they are not talking any way thats the way I'm leanning for now "lots of work ahead"
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