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Just thinking, 1950 1 ton panel with 1968 K20 running gear?
#1364964 Mon Jun 15 2020 12:03 PM
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Hello all, my panel is just sitting in the shop (and has been for 20 something years) waiting on me to do something with it. I have pondered the conversion to a 4X4, off an on over the years but never wanted to take on such a job. Has anyone here done this type of job? If I remember correctly the drive train needs to come from K20 or K30, 68-72 years because the differentials are not as wide as the square body’s and thus won’t stick out from the fender wells and look like hell.

Just curious about your thoughts, thanks.
Rob

Last edited by 57NAPCO; Mon Jun 15 2020 12:03 PM.

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Re: Just thinking, 1950 1 ton panel with 1968 K20 running gear?
57NAPCO #1364972 Mon Jun 15 2020 01:19 PM
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This is another one of my “different” rigs cool

1973 El Coolmino, 1970 blazer running gear (Not a frame swap) 383 stroker, turbo 350. Built outside of Salem Oregon, over 30 Years ago. A very proper fab job. I’ve owned it a couple years.

[img]https://i.postimg.cc/k43BM5Qg/6-B742158-19-E0-4-E98-B1-FB-8-A94-CF0-A76-A0.jpg[/img]


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Re: Just thinking, 1950 1 ton panel with 1968 K20 running gear?
57NAPCO #1365035 Tue Jun 16 2020 12:09 AM
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Measure your front axle spring perch width. Starting in 55.2 through '91 all the chevy and gmc spring perch widths were 31.5-32".

If I'm not mistaken, the front axlle spring perch width on an AD truck is 26" or something like that because of the taper in the front frame and springs. All that to say, you probably won't find a bolt in Chevy axle unless it's an early NAPCO axle for AD trucks, and those aren't too easy to come by.

I've thought about this swap before for a '52 3100, and I was going to look into the wagoneer dana 44's. They are pretty narrow, and I think they would fit the truck pretty well, but I never went far with that idea, so I don't know how well they would fit.


'66 c10 rust bucket, 350 nv4500 stock bellhousing, '85 c30 front suspension, h072 rear axle with 3/4 ton rear coil springs
'67 cj5 225 oddfire motor, time for disc brake conversion, offset rear dana 44, intermediate pedals and steering upgrade
'48 3804 frame and bed + '52 6400 cab and front clip + 4bt, need to put them together
Re: Just thinking, 1950 1 ton panel with 1968 K20 running gear?
57NAPCO #1365148 Tue Jun 16 2020 07:17 PM
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Thanks ! I’ll be crawling around under it next time I’m at the shop


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