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Old 10-29-2013, 07:12 AM
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starting 1953 chevy stepside build/frame swap

starting 1953 chevy stepside custom build. Will be swapping a s10 frame under it, its a 3600 truck so i will also be cutting bed down shorter in length. Relocating rearend and making custom mounts for cab..frame..front clip..and custom motor and trans mounts. Thanks for having me on this site and hope yall enjoy this build. I will be doing all the work on my 53 and using as much original sheetmetal as i can and fabricate the rest with what tools i have in my shop. Ive restored cars before but never a 1947-54 chevy truck so im excited about this build because i like restorations that make me think and weld

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Old 10-29-2013, 10:37 AM
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It's a lot of work to get these trucks onto an S-10 frame, a friend just did one. Started out with making his own mounts, then gave up on that and ended up buying mount kits from a source that sells just conversion kits for the S-10 frame and '47-'54 trucks....and this friend had already done a previous '53 truck with a Mustang II front end on the stock frame, so it isn't like he was a rookie.

You might want to take a look. Note what they say about the 2 wheel drive S-10 front and rear axle width as being 4-5" narrower than the stock '47-'54, tire sidewalls interfere with bed side inner panel something terrible, he notched the bed on his, I see ADE recommends swapping a 4-wheel drive S-10 rear into the 2-wheel chassis.....he didn't do this and had to notch bed sides pretty severely IMO.

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Ericnova72, i appreciate the info on the swap ahead of me. I have a few 4x4 s10 rearends still in the bodies behind my shop. Im not sure if im going to use one of those and install a spare set of ring and pinion an posi unit i have to mate with the OD trans i just built or if im going to narrow a different dana rear i have. But thanks for the heads up on the rearend issue.. They are certainly to narrow like you mentioned. On the cab mounts, the source you mentioned do have a very nice kit when i took alook at your link, thanks again for that info also, luckily ive been mig/tig/arc stick welding for 15 years so i plan making some mounts for the swap. Im hoping i have enough leftover steel from the last tube chassis i built to fab up something thatll look nice and offer overkill strength and safety. Its gonna be fun i do know
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With all the things you will be hand making,, Why not a new tube frame as well ??
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Great question "New Interiors" as i typed that last reply i knew that would be asked. One bigthing is time....i work long hours, and dont have room to tie up a bay that long, "during this time of year" customers first. Also i am striving to make this build look as factory underneath possible. Yeah i know...s10 frame isnt exactly the period/era correct look for the truck but alot closer than a tube chassis. Plus i personally dont feel tube chassis rides as well as a frame does as a daily driver. When i build a tube chassis its for weight savings, i want the extra weight under this truck for ride comfort. I guess its many reasons combined but most important is that i want my truck to have a factory frame so thats the direction im building in.. I will do some custom mods to the s10 frame though, and fabbing some cab and bed mounts is wayyyy easier effort and time wise than me building a chassis from scratch. I can have the cab and bed and front radiator supports finished in adays work. Almost sure of that anyhow. We'll see.. If im bald when i post pics of cab mounted then i will sale it lol...joking...i love this truck
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Nice back half on the f-1 by the way. Nice looking truck. i will get mine there by spring. And a 4link isnt totally ruled out on mine yet
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Thanks.. I just had to ask..
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So why change the chassis at all? Modify the stock frame, it's a heck of a lot faster than the time it will take to modify the truck and the frame to fit each other!

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Why swap frames at all, imho i dont want to chop up the original frame. Its in PERFECT orig condition. Im only swapping it because i want the lower stance. Ifs, and the fuel tank is on the frame. Power brakes and so on... Swapping the '53 onto the s10 frame isnt that much work in my opinion compared to the type of depth i work on cars for aliving. And nothing will be modified on the body that i cant undo later if i choose to go back original. I do plan on building another 47-54 on the orig. 3600 frame i have leftover. Its complete with engine..trans..rearend. Ive built and modified many frames over the yrs. So this swap want be to bad. Itll be the first of the AD trucks ive done. But this is what i enjoy! If it was to easy and didnt make me think and weld then i wouldnt have any fun :-)
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Ok, you were talking about time. The rad support, grille apron and fender aprons do have to be cut up quite a bit but yes nothing on the "body".

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I will be making my own radiator support so orig. Want be cut, on other parts i will deal with that when i get there, i will be cutting running boards and bed yes. But all simple straight line cuts and clean welds. I understand theres somethings i havent planned on ahead of me and i appreciate the heads up and info from all the members here that tune in.
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