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57 and 59 chassis differences
#1287247 Tue Nov 13 2018 03:43 AM
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To the best of my knowledge, 1957 to 59 half ton Chevy frame, axles, linkage, shock mounts, steering box etc are the same. Both have short boxes although the 57 is a stepside and the 59 is fleetside. Everything mechanical underneath should interchange. Does that sound correct?

John


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Re: 57 and 59 chassis differences
J Lucas #1287253 Tue Nov 13 2018 04:28 AM
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Yes and no...the mechanical stuff is the same, but the frames are different between the 55-57 and 58/59. The 58/59 frames are longer at the front bumper.

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Re: 57 and 59 chassis differences
J Lucas #1287255 Tue Nov 13 2018 04:51 AM
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Thanks

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1959 Chevy Apache 32 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Viking 40

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Re: 57 and 59 chassis differences
J Lucas #1287257 Tue Nov 13 2018 05:48 AM
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You will likely find that brake line from master cyl to rear axle assembly differ from 57 to 59. On 57 it crosses over to right side frame & back to rear axle. On 59 it goes back on left side to rear axle. FYI
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Re: 57 and 59 chassis differences
J Lucas #1287299 Tue Nov 13 2018 04:01 PM
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58 and 59's also had a stepside in addition to a fleetside. Rear backing plates are slightly different and use the wider rear brake shoes to match the fronts.
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