Return to the site and a chassis swap question
After a very long time away I have returned to the site. My ambitious endeavor from 8 years ago never did come to fruition as time money and more importantly family responsibilities kept me from getting things done. In the end I had to put everything on hold and unfortunately passed the car on to someone else to work on.
That's all water under the bridge now and I'm gearing up to start on a new project now that I have the time and some money to play at something I want to do.
I'll post some pics soon of the 1954 Chevy 3100 pickup I recently acquired and will be bringing home this Tuesday. I have 2 boys who are really excited to learn and help on this project. I am just as excited as well to have something constructive to do with them.
I'll look forward to hearing from other site members for advice and tips on how to proceed when I hit those roadblocks and mindfart moments.
MY QUESTIONS IS: As a starter I wouldn't mind hearing opinions on the S10 (reg cab extended wheelbase) swap vs. the original frame with an IFS ... I'm all all ears.
The first question is what is the condition of the original frame, Rust thru? crashed? Bent? Usually it's faster and cheaper to keep an original good frame and swap in new front and rear suspensions. I personally like Jag XJS for trucks, We have parts in the shop but the project is on hold. we got the jag IFS and IRS for $100, $125 , we pull,.. Lots of info on the net , Google Jaguar suspension swap. the 47 to present chevy truck site has lots of picts of jag front and rear into your years chassis.
THE S10 swap is fast cheap&ezee but once the body is set on it, it turn's in to a real pain in the ***. it's 5"to narrow & the frame rails sit 10"off the ground you have to jack it two look under it and you still have to change the rear end.but they do drive nice. i have 54panel&and a 48 5win on s10 frame's i am doing a 47 now, selling panel next week.going to use a 70 a body sub and s10 4x4 rear and spring's, enjoy your new truck!
S 10 kit
Someone sells S 10 swap kits for your truck for about $1,000. there have been several how to.s posted on the net, if you do it your self. I looked at a couple S 10's in the Craigs list adds for non running cars but the Jag looked easier and was cheaper,.
I am totally against frame "swaps".
1. There is no such thing as a frame "swap", either it's the correct frame and it swaps in or it's the wrong frame and it requires a TON of work and money to make it work.
2. All it "swaps" is money or money or time for time, the same money and time spent on the stock frame will produce a nice driving truck.
Even a dropped axle set up properly provides a pretty nice driving truck, how much better does it need to be?
That is your decision, what are your expectations? Do you want a new truck that looks like an old truck or do you want an old truck?
I personally love driving the old cars, they have character. I have my wife's mini van when I want late model transportation. But driving a vintage car is a blast to me, what is it you are after?
good 47-59 chevy truck forum
After considering what has been said here and doing more research online I have decided I will hold onto the original frame. I'll box the frame, weld in an IFS kit and change up the rear suspension/diff.
I appreciate the feedback and your suggestions. :thumbup:
I have finally got a few picks up on my project page and started the tear down.
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