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Re: modern frame swap what to use ?
46chevinline6 #896192 Mon Nov 12 2012 10:15 AM
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I may be able to post some pictures later in the week. You need to mount the cab with the front fenders on, just as a note. This is where you run into the most clearance issues with a 39-46 cab in this swap. Mine is about 4" off the frame because that's as low as I could go. It depends on the look and everything you're wanting.

My firewall is untouched as is the floor, but I mounted the engine in relation to where it needed to be to allow this. I'm not sure if the S-10 driveline in the stock location will cause some issues for you. You're best off to do some measurements beforehand.


1946 GMC Pickup - S-10 Frame, 455 Buick, TH400, original patina.

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Re: modern frame swap what to use ?
46chevinline6 #896303 Mon Nov 12 2012 08:28 PM
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Thanks for the info as this is a project that I have never tackled before but I feel that I can fabricate anything I need to do. Yes lots of measurements. Thanks again.


The crew that works on the \'42 --Sara, Hannah and Abby
Re: modern frame swap what to use ?
46chevinline6 #898736 Fri Nov 23 2012 01:43 PM
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All good info. here. I have a standard M11 kit in front with a 4 link in rear. I am hoping it works well in the 53 panel.
Total costs were $3500. not including welding. The rest of the drive train makes it expensive.
I have a 49 burb that is a 2nd project and seriously thinking of the S10 as donour vehicle and use frame and driveline to boot.
These trucks go for cheap. I have one spotted that is an 82 already with a 350/350 in it. Worth a try. cheers guys

Re: modern frame swap what to use ?
46chevinline6 #898825 Fri Nov 23 2012 09:23 PM
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Can anyone direct me to folks who are using a 02 Trailblazer frame and drivetrain in the 49 burb. I would like to know the specifics on mounting, clearances etc. Off the cuff, it seems to me that a 02 TB for $4500. complete with everything is worth
considering.
cheers

Re: modern frame swap what to use ?
46chevinline6 #898850 Fri Nov 23 2012 11:10 PM
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Check the Archives here.


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The ‘baseline belief’ of astronomy:
“Any day now, we’ll pick up a tiny,
coded signal from outer space. Then
we’ll know for certain that there is
intelligence out there, because coded
information does not arise by chance”

The ‘baseline belief’ of biology:
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Re: modern frame swap what to use ?
46gmcpu #1286718 Fri Nov 09 2018 02:25 PM
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46gmcpu can we chat about your build?

Kenneth
klw@centurytel.net

Re: modern frame swap what to use ?
46chevinline6 #1286721 Fri Nov 09 2018 02:31 PM
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Sure, what's on your mind?


Jim

Modern ‘science’: the wonder of a
pre-determined mind…

The ‘baseline belief’ of astronomy:
“Any day now, we’ll pick up a tiny,
coded signal from outer space. Then
we’ll know for certain that there is
intelligence out there, because coded
information does not arise by chance”

The ‘baseline belief’ of biology:
The precisely coded genetic information in
every cell would fill many books…
but we know for certain that no intelligence
could have created life.”


Re: modern frame swap what to use ?
klwinter2 #1286852 Sat Nov 10 2018 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by klwinter2
46gmcpu can we chat about your build?

Kenneth
klw@centurytel.net

Digging up an old thread.... my guess is your doing research on a new project. first... welcome to the best source of info on old trucks.

next, look at the stickies.

IFS swap is still better than a frame swap unless your frame is toast.


The problems we face today can not be addressed at the same level of intelligence we were at when we created them - Albert Einstein Or with the same level of $ - Me
Re: modern frame swap what to use ?
46chevinline6 #1286888 Sat Nov 10 2018 05:55 PM
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We have done probably a dozen AD to S10 swaps, a Dakota, several 71 or 72 Chevy pickup (disc brake) crossmembers(UGLY), a 74 Cadillac complete chassis (shorted and narrowed) with a 500 Cadillac engine all in a 51 GMC, a drag truck 50 3w cab with a complete tubing frame and 8 point roll cage, probably close to 50 Nova, Camaro/Firebird (bad idea on the latter two), a dozen Pacer IFS, and won't guess on how many MII's including back in the days we had to cut them out of a Pinto or Mustang. Have pictures of most and also have for sale a 52 frame with a Pacer IFS and a Lincoln Mark 8 IRS if you want to go exotic. With that said I would keep the original frame with a GOOD brand MII kit and a coil over rear for a modern truck APPROXIMATE ride and feel. Still will have a lot of wind noise above 55mph or so. With coil overs on all four corners you can set or change the height and ride easily and much cheaper than with any other set up. You will find the cab, bed, core support, bumpers, etc will bolt to the original frame a tiny bit easier than anything else.


Evan
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