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#603523 Tue Dec 22 2009 08:06 PM
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Howdy! Does anyone know if there is an adapter kit made to put my 53 chevy truck on an s-10 frame--- OTHER than from ad-engeneering (MAN--are they EXPENSIVE!!!!)
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I don't know of any other kit.

I have no idea what the kit costs or what is in it but I will say this. If you were to make a swap like this on your own you would spend countless hours figuring what needs to be built, how to build it, gathering materials and building it. There will be lots of trial and error and re-doing. It will make less of a dent in your wallet but will cost way more in time.

This same fact is true with many aspects of rebuilding an old truck. Take disc brakes for instance. You can buy the kit or you can fabricate your own brackets, scrounge around junk yards for used serviceable parts, re-build them and try to make it work.

Depending on what your time is worth to you, it might be less expensive in the long run to get the kit.


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Hey Cletis, I saw the AD Engineering website and looked at their photos and gallery.
It seems to me that the truck would sit pretty low on an s-10 frame.

Is the road clearance really lower, or is it just my imagination?

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There is a second company making a kit. I'm not sure they are any cheaper than AD Engineering.

Lots of people have done this swap without a kit. If you are good at fabricating there is no reason not to tackle it on your own. If you're going to need to hire a fabricator to make your mounts you'll spend less money buying the kit.

The AD Engineering kit puts the truck at about stock ride height.


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Originally Posted by OldSub
The AD Engineering kit puts the truck at about stock ride height.


Thanks!

I guess its just my "predjudice" kicking in grin - imagining a lower road clearance.

I really don't like the idea of putting a old vehicle on a modern frame. Sorta takes away from the "classic" stuff.

All I agree with is upgrading to things like power-discs, modern buckets with built-in seat belts and harnesses, and hopefully, a collapsable steering column.

So I guess I'm talking "semi-original". cool





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KC Mongo has a kit as well for swapping a complete frame

if you just want the front suspension without the issue of the radiator interfering with the steering box, let me know, I sell a crossmember. http://www.stovebolt.com/ubbthreads...;Main=84625&Number=595038#Post595038

PM me for details.


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Orange58,
There is one other option I did on my 46 4 door years ago.
Chassis Engineering makes a BOLT-IN for the front and the rear.
Just clean up your frame,drill a few holes and you are set.
The front uses stock Mustang II that you can buy from them or go to the parts house and get springs,bushings,Granda bearings and 11" GM calapers. I put 85,000 miles on that car before building a Pickup. Just another Idea.


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Here is a write-up using teh ez chassis swap

http://chevytrucks.org/tech/s10_frame_swap.htm

Or you can do it yourself

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8491
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=144798

Either way, an S-10 frame swap involves being creative with the radiator and steering.


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