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i just got my first rod. its a 1950 deluxe coupe chevy. information on putting it on s10 frame or any other frame. this my first project so its def a learning process. looking to build hotrod/ratrod. pretty much starting from scratch and trial and error experience. any help is appreciated
 

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There is no such thing as a frame "Swap" other than a 49-54 Chevy, those will swap with yours. Any S-10 or other frame takes a LOT of fabrication, there is NO "bolt in" or anything even close. It's no different, not one bit different than saying "is there another fender that will swap?" Sure you could put an S-10 fender on there, with enough modification right?

A frame "swap" is really a money swap, or time swap. You are swapping money and time for different frame that's all.

There are ZILLIONS of bolt on kits for those cars. Will it cost more than a wrecking yard S-10, maybe, maybe not. By the time you rebuild the worn out frame you modify to fit you could have spent the same money on a kit that bolts in on a weekend and you STILL have a very cool 50 Chevy Deluxe instead of a half breed.

That frame in your car, complete suspension and all is exactly the same as a 53-62 Corvette. Now a 62 Corvette isn't a bad car to drive is it? That is EXACTLY the same front suspension as your car, parts will inner change.

Think long and hard before you dive into such a project. Replacing rear end and the front suspension if you wanted to update it can be done at your leisure and it would be FUN. Changing a frame over from some other car would be a HUGE undertaking.

If you do decide to do it, I am looking for the front suspension you have in your car for my truck.

Brian
 

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yea thats what i meant i knew it would take alot of modification but that was one option i have heard about. i appreciate the advice. maybe the frame will be workable. i just actually got the car today. getting it to house hopefully tomorrow. was growed up a bit around car so i was asking in a worst case scenario cause thats what they guy selling the car said he was going to do with it.
 

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'50 Chevy uses what is called a top hat frame, and actually are pretty strong. It is sort of a boxed configuration. If there is no major rot, there is no reason to ditch it. Even the factory front suspension will handle a SBC. some models even came with sway bars. If the old suspension won't do, a Camaro/Nova front will work well. If you have netflix or a Walmart near by, get " Back From the dead II: The complete build ". Ian rousso did an inexpensive kustom out of a '54 which is the same frame as the '50. He used a late 70's Skylark front clip, which is the same as a Nova clip, and it shows in pretty good detail how it fits up.
 

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And no kidding, if you decide to ditch it are anywhere near me I want to buy the original front suspension.

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gooddeal ill check into that vid if i have to do something like that. hopefully the frame salvageable tho. i really just looking to build a rod in the basement. nothing fancy just good running.
 

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57 Vette susp,

I sold the 57 front suspension to Don in Niles a few years ago, My brother was putting his together from 3 crashed 57's, a basket case deal. Don looked at it a while then said It actually is A Vette suspension, A couple holes somewhere that pass. cars did not have, I have no idea if Don still has it,
 
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