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S10 frame to what?

I have an ''86 S10 Blazer and have decided to swap another body on to the frame. I figured that an older pickup would be easiest. I think the wheelbase is 108". Otherwise I'd have to lengthen the frame, which may have to happen. I've been told to cut the entire floor pan out and put whatever body I use on it. I've never done this before so there are several questions. Thanks in advance for the input.

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A lot of rodders have used the S-10 pickups for a donor chassis for the " Advanced Design " 47 to 53 Chevrolet pickups, a few 48 to 50 F1's and few other vehicles.

Never heard of the Blazer .....swap but I imagine it could work out...

Most of the time, the best chassis for a vehicle is the one the factory installed under it. ....with upgrades by the rodder. Improved rear end, better brakes and the the like.......

Maybe some of our other members will have more, useful information.

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Things to consider?

Difference in wheelbase,will you have to lengthen or shorten frame
Trac width
Arch difference in frame between the two, how much floor to cut out
Body mounts, what will it take to mount body to donor frame
Front sheet metal, what will it take to remount front fenders,inner sheet metal
Front or rear steer and hooking up steering
Radiator and fan clearence
Motor and trans,what will it take to mount in and clearance
Gas tank,will it work or have to move or modify
Suspension ride difference,will you have to change springs or shocks to get a decent ride

Is the person wanting to do all of this capable,have tools and equipment
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If the width of the frame is close to the original old truck, and especially the tread is close, this shouldn't be to hard. No, you dont want to cut the floor board out! That's usually done with some unit body vehicles, should not be necessary (or even practical) for something on a real frame. Width differences aren't to hard to deal with -- will require moving some boady mount brackets on the frame and/or body, and some trimming of the inner fender panels. You do need to make sure the body will go down over the frame rails if it's supposed to do that instead of sit on top of them. Width could be a problem in that case!

Wheelbase isn't really that important. Take your short Blazer frame, stick a mid 50s pickup cab and front clip on it. Then get something like a Model A Ford style short bed. You might have a four foot bed, but it wouldn't look bad. Or shorten the original 50s bed. Just don't make a short flat bed -- I hate those things!!
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