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#423752 - Mon Jun 16 2008 04:06 PM 73-87 ifs chassis swap to 49 gmc 300  
1949gmc ratrod  Offline
New Guy
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long island, new york...palm c...
i just bought a 1949 gmc farm truck from a local farm on long island in new york...i have a 1987 chevy short bed c-10 chassis that i'd like to use under my 49 gmc cab...i have heard of people using this setup to build a better rod....but i have never done ne thing like this b-4....is there any one local to my area that could give me some guidance????....and just any info at all????

thanks guys...

rob p



#423850 - Mon Jun 16 2008 10:18 PM Re: 73-87 ifs chassis swap to 49 gmc 300 [Re: 1949gmc ratrod]  
mobileortho  Offline
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First of all, welcome to the Bolt. I used the IFS from a '79 on my '50. More Info here and also here. More photos available on my Webshots. Good luck!
(P.S. be sure to post pics of your truck. We like pics! dance)


Robert C.
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I'm a Genius in the making.

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#424255 - Wed Jun 18 2008 03:12 AM Re: 73-87 ifs chassis swap to 49 gmc 300 [Re: mobileortho]  
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Church Hill, TN
Welcome. Like Mobileortho, I used the front IFS from a 78 Chevy 1/2 tone C-10 in my 53 3600 truck. Also used the rear end, brake booster & pedal, and various other parts.

If you are looking to drop your body on a late model chassis, then you need to look at using a long bed S10 chassis. Do a search here and you will find lots of information on that body swap.


Kevin
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"The only people who do not make mistakes, are people who do not do anything."

#424715 - Thu Jun 19 2008 12:48 PM Re: 73-87 ifs chassis swap to 49 gmc 300 [Re: 49chevyman]  
1949gmc ratrod  Offline
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I plan on using the '87 c-10 chassi that i have and was needing some starting pointers for that swap....

thanks chevy man


#424717 - Thu Jun 19 2008 12:53 PM Re: 73-87 ifs chassis swap to 49 gmc 300 [Re: mobileortho]  
1949gmc ratrod  Offline
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long island, new york...palm c...
i will definitely try and get some pictures up asap!!!!Thanks for your enthusiasm!!! Im preety nervous that i will mount the cab in the wrong position on my '87 frame....Any pointers???


#424819 - Thu Jun 19 2008 08:00 PM Re: 73-87 ifs chassis swap to 49 gmc 300 [Re: 1949gmc ratrod]  
Cletis  Offline
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Your 300 is a 1-ton truck. One of the problems with using the 80s C-10 frames on the -1-ton trucks is wider track. With your bigger and wider fenders you shouldn't have this problem. As far as mounting the cab, it's just a trial and error situation as it is with any swap of this kind. Go for it. Good luck.


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#426201 - Tue Jun 24 2008 11:49 AM Re: 73-87 ifs chassis swap to 49 gmc 300 [Re: Cletis]  
1949gmc ratrod  Offline
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As i start doing more research i get more confident in doing the swap...would you say that it would be easier start to get the cab on the frame with the front fenders on to line up the center of the front axle with the center or the front fenders????
or should i mount the cab and bed first...to me it would seem like mounting the cab and front fenders with the engine and trans in would be a good start....do you???...also i was wondering if it is possible to still retain the stock steering column and use the manual steering box out of my '87 ????


#426465 - Wed Jun 25 2008 02:53 AM Re: 73-87 ifs chassis swap to 49 gmc 300 [Re: 1949gmc ratrod]  
49chevyman  Offline
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Church Hill, TN
I used the center line of the stock front axle as the location for the spindles from the new C10 IFS crossmember. The front wheels are centered pretty good. It is a good idea to rehang your front sheet metal to make sure there are no problems. I had some minor trimming to the drivers side inner fender at the bottom where it hit the C10's PS box.

On the rear, I wanted to use the shorter 1/2 ton bed on my 3/4 ton frame, so I needed to shorten the frame. Plus the rear wheels were not centered well on the AD trucks anyway. I set the bed on the frame, mounted the running boards to the front of the rear fenders, scooted it up next to the cab, where it looked like it should go, then cut the appropriate length out of the frame to center the rear wheels in the fenders.

Scary moment when the back half of your truck is no longer connected to the front half.

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2799629770103486525LTEUvI?vhost=good-times


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#426473 - Wed Jun 25 2008 03:28 AM Re: 73-87 ifs chassis swap to 49 gmc 300 [Re: 49chevyman]  
1949gmc ratrod  Offline
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long island, new york...palm c...
so...if i understand you correctly....you used the stock 300 frame...and just mounted the ifs on that???...i am planing on using the entire frame form the short bed c-10...as i'm told that it is approx the same wheel base as a 49 reg cab short bed...should make thing a lil bit easier i hope...

and that surw is some picture!!!!...that would be a scary sight for any eyes!!!!


#426721 - Thu Jun 26 2008 01:42 AM Re: 73-87 ifs chassis swap to 49 gmc 300 [Re: 1949gmc ratrod]  
49chevyman  Offline
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Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 100
Church Hill, TN
Right, I used the stock 3600 frame. I narrowed the front crossmember to fit the frame (took 1.5" from it), then bolted it together.


Kevin
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"The only people who do not make mistakes, are people who do not do anything."

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