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'Modern' chassis under a 57 #748649
Sat May 21 2011 02:59 AM
Sat May 21 2011 02:59 AM
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Russell  Offline OP
Wrench Fetcher
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 136
Cuttingsville, VT
I am in my fourth summer driving my rebuilt 57 http://www.stovebolt.com/gallery/reay_russell_1957.html and its shortcomings are getting annoying. LOTS of road noise, and it does not handle as easily and surely as I would prefer. I could invest megabucks in IFS and major drive train upgrades, but it seems that moving the 57 body onto something newer would be no more expensive, and would accomplish the goal. I search this page for S10 frame swap, and got pretty deep into a thread about AD to S10 swap until the AD Engineering site says they only do 47-54 swaps-no advice about TF or newer. Any recommendations for something like 1970s -1990s C10, Blazer, etc ??

Re: 'Modern' chassis under a 57 [Re: Russell] #748651
Sat May 21 2011 03:15 AM
Sat May 21 2011 03:15 AM
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LONGBOX55  Offline
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Joined: May 2006
Posts: 8,490
DANVILLE IL
Check these guys out. This was posted in the Panels area. They have 2 kits, one uses a Caprice frame, the other uses a '73-'87 C/K frame. I have no personal experience with this conversion, but from what I saw, it looks very well engineered.


Bill Burmeister
Re: 'Modern' chassis under a 57 [Re: LONGBOX55] #748717
Sat May 21 2011 02:38 PM
Sat May 21 2011 02:38 PM
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gotgasd  Offline
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Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 189
Nanaimo Vancouver Island
Excellent info there Longbox. Wish I had that source when I did my 56 years ago.

Re: 'Modern' chassis under a 57 [Re: gotgasd] #750451
Sun May 29 2011 03:47 PM
Sun May 29 2011 03:47 PM
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Russell  Offline OP
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Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 136
Cuttingsville, VT
Have made contact with Ed Lipinski at EZ Chassis Swaps, and I do believe he has exactly what I need. Thanks, Longbox

Re: 'Modern' chassis under a 57 [Re: Russell] #752558
Tue Jun 07 2011 12:56 AM
Tue Jun 07 2011 12:56 AM
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wave1957  Offline
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Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 263
Formerly Calgary, Alberta, now...
Just a thing, did you notice that using the Caprice frame, you will need to raise the floor of the box? I mention that because it is something I personally would not like on my truck.


'57 Chevy Suburban sometimes towing a 1950 24ft Spartan trailer; '70 Chevy Impala.
Re: 'Modern' chassis under a 57 [Re: wave1957] #753888
Sat Jun 11 2011 10:58 PM
Sat Jun 11 2011 10:58 PM
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Russell  Offline OP
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Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 136
Cuttingsville, VT
I wouldn't want to raise my box floor either. Just got my latest copy of CCT, and there is an article about replacing the original front suspension with a Fat Man IFS on a 73-87 C-10. It says that the original front crossmember is held in place with 14 bolts. What's the chance that I could remove my axle and springs, and install a 73-87 crossmember and suspension? That would give me the suspension and steering geometry I need, without the cost of a new IFS

Re: 'Modern' chassis under a 57 [Re: Russell] #753923
Sun Jun 12 2011 01:50 AM
Sun Jun 12 2011 01:50 AM
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mike bourg  Offline
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Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 53
Englewood Colorado
I have put a 58 on a91 s10 frame and i found all the info I needed on the H.A.M.B. message board, it was a job but not near expesive as a sub frame and I didn`t have to raise the floor of the box. send me an e-mail and i`ll send you a couple of pictures of the finished truck.

I don`t know how to put them here.......
Mike B m_bourg@q.com


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