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Old 01-29-2019, 01:58 PM
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Introduction with chassis question

Hello everyone name is Chuck and I'm out here in South Carolina.
I have fabrication skills but I have never done a hot rod before. I searched the forum for an answer to my question but my eyes got blurry after 30 or so pages. If this question has already been brought up I apologize.

My father has a 56 GMC pickup cab and front..(no bed or frame). I was wondering if we could put it on a Ford f 250 frame 2002 model. I've looked at custom frames and they are out of our budget. Am I opening a can of worms with this idea?
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This wonít completely answer your question, but I put a 84 S10 chassis under my 1948 Chevy pickup. That only works up to 1954, so Iím not sure what the best chassis for a 56 is.
It was a fun project and I encourage you to find the right chassis for you.


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Why go Ford when a second series 55 to 59 chev/gmc frame will work.
Easy to swap a disc brake front clip onto those frames.
73-87 Chevy frames are the same width. Just graft the two togethor under the cab.
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https://www.e-zchassisswaps.com/6 is a fairly cheap and easy way to go.
I also did a Google search for "57 Chevy truck chassis swap", and you find many conversations and videos about that topic!
And don't forget, going Ford under a GMC would be sacrilege!
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You know I didn't think about the Ford Chevy thing lol! And here I am right smack dab in NASCAR country. I already have the Ford pick up so that's where the idea came from. I thought it might be easier working with a full rolling chassis. I'm not familiar with the second series frames, but that's why I came to this forum ....to learn. Thanks for the responses
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https://www.e-zchassisswaps.com/6 is a fairly cheap and easy way to go.
I also did a Google search for "57 Chevy truck chassis swap", and you find many conversations and videos about that topic!
And don't forget, going Ford under a GMC would be sacrilege!
Thank you for that site.
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You need a narrow frame because of the body style.
The steps on the cab on each side hang down below the floor.
IIRC the stock frame is 34 inches wide and fits between the steps.
A second series refers to a 1955. Two body styles were offered in 55. The first series looked like the 54, the second series like the 56 to 59.
You might think it would be easier to use a complete frame but you need to find one that is flat like the original to behind the cab.
I used a front frame clip from a 80 gmc when I built my 56. I wanted the truck 5 bolt rims to match the same year gmc rearend.
Some people use a Camaro or nova front clip. Mostly it’s preference what you use. I wanted my truck stock height. Some want them lowered. The Camaro frame helps with that.
Good luck with your build.
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You need a narrow frame because of the body style.
The steps on the cab on each side hang down below the floor.
IIRC the stock frame is 34 inches wide and fits between the steps.
A second series refers to a 1955. Two body styles were offered in 55. The first series looked like the 54, the second series like the 56 to 59.
You might think it would be easier to use a complete frame but you need to find one that is flat like the original to behind the cab.
I used a front frame clip from a 80 gmc when I built my 56. I wanted the truck 5 bolt rims to match the same year gmc rearend.
Some people use a Camaro or nova front clip. Mostly itís preference what you use. I wanted my truck stock height. Some want them lowered. The Camaro frame helps with that.
Good luck with your build.
Super! That makes perfect sense.
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'56 GMC pickup wheelbase 112", 60.5" front track, 60.0" rear track.
'91-'96 Caprice wheelbase 115.9, 61.8" front track, 60.7" rear track.
Buy the whole Caprice, running, and use everything but the glass and sheetmetal.
Shorten the frame and driveshaft a couple inches and you're golden.
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Besides frame width to fit under the cab, watch for correct wheel track width to fit those big tires in your fenders. You want to try to use stock size rims vs custom rims I ended up spending a couple hundred more than planned to get the tires to fit in the wheel wells. A little narrow is ok, wheel spacers are available in a bunch of sizes. Get the right setup and you end up with power steering, power disc brakes and modern suspension. Skip the Ford idea please.


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I think I will definitely forget the Ford idea! Sorry to have put that vision in your head. LOL Thank ya'll very much for the input. You've given me several directions to go. I'll let you know if I get started.
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