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Old 05-29-2013, 10:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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68 c10 body on 85 1ton 4x4 frame swap

hey everyone im new to the forum so sorry if i look like an asshole on here.

I was wondering if any of you have ever put a 68 chevy c10 stepside longbed on an 85 k30 longbed frame. I would like to know what problems are common to run into and how you go about starting a project like this. Can any of you help? Thanks..
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It will look like shit IMO. For the amount of work needed to make it look right, you could just build up your stock frame. The later frame still has its weakness and will need to be addressed anyhow.
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I think you will have to make new body mounts, and I'm pretty sure the later trucks have a longer wheelbase, so your wheels won't be in the center of your wheel wells unless you shorten the frame, or space your bed back. Better off just putting the 4 wheel drive parts on the older frame. You can get a 52 swap kit from DIY, and just have to get a set of springs. Why are you doing this?
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for all your help guys. I think I'm just gonna try to put the running gear from an 85 k30 onto my frame, what do you guys think? What all would I need to do? And the reason I want to do this is because I love my body style and I don't have a four wheel drive vehicle. Plus I have a 2wd 1969 gmc with a Muncie and 383 stroker.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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you will need to cut the body mounts off the old frame and weld them to teh new, then build body lift spacers to account for the frame hieght changes.


you wont be the first or last to do it, but its generaly a pain in the ass.
What he said. Minus the pia part. When I did mine it wasnt too bad. The rear cab mount bolt hole gets moved over like an inch. I bolted the 70 cab mounts onto the 79 frame. Didnt mess with the bed at all.
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ok so my truck has coil springs. Can I use the perches from the 85 frame and weld them to mine and do i have anything else to worry about.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:39 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Two answers for you today.

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Stop thinking about this now.

Second (the one you want to hear)

Wow! This is a great idea. I've done it myself and it's a piece of cake. Get your torch and start cutting. Don't worry all the answers will come to you as you start to assemble. It's so easy I believe the factory meant for this to happen.
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Look through my build thread.
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/chevy...-1971-gmc.html

I took my 1971 c-10 and put all the running gear out of a 1980 K30 in it. But I built all my mounts from scratch. And 4-linked on coil springs in the rear.
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