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Old 12-27-2011, 01:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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48 wagon on s-10 blazer frame?

This is my first build and I am pretty excited about it. I recently received a 1948 wagon and a mid 90's s-10 blazer. I want to use the 4x4 s-10 frame and my question is will it work. From what I have seen the s-10 frame is around 108" wheel base and the wagons run about a 104 inches. Thoughts?
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Anything is possible with a welder, and some steel.
However, the real question is: Do you want an inferior frame and axles?

You might be better off putting the wagon on a K5 blazer frame, which is a 106.5" wheelbase, stronger frame, non-IFS, with a good SBC, and a set of strong, well known axles.

Don't wanna bash your ideas, but drive the s10 while you build the willys, and don't bubba the whole thing.
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I have the s-10 blazer and it doesn't run so I was looking for a way to use what I had instead of going to buy something else.

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Anything is possible with a welder, and some steel.
However, the real question is: Do you want an inferior frame and axles?

You might be better off putting the wagon on a K5 blazer frame, which is a 106.5" wheelbase, stronger frame, non-IFS, with a good SBC, and a set of strong, well known axles.

Don't wanna bash your ideas, but drive the s10 while you build the willys, and don't bubba the whole thing.
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The main obstacle is that the S10 is IFS, whereas any stock willys is going to be a solid front axle rig.

Sure, you could SAS the s10 frame, but then you're just throwing money at something you could have overcome.

whats wrong with the willys frame?

and besides, if the s10 doesnt run, then why swap it if you werent planning on using the motor/trans out of it?

have you thought about just parting out the s10?
or see if you can trade it for a k5 with a bad body, good motor/trans, etc. That way you can use alot of stuff off the K5 as well as the frame.

P.s. there was a K5 on C/L in my town for 400 bucks, missing glass and rusted body...
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i have the same type of project going on i have a 63 wagon and a 78 dodge ramcharger 3/4 ton axles under it 4x4 360 727 this spring i plan on starting 1st i have to fix the rust on the wagon. my ramcharger and wagon are very close in wheel base. I would trade sell scrap the s10 and get a full size chassie. good luck
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This is my first build and I am pretty excited about it. I recently received a 1948 wagon and a mid 90's s-10 blazer. I want to use the 4x4 s-10 frame and my question is will it work. From what I have seen the s-10 frame is around 108" wheel base and the wagons run about a 104 inches. Thoughts?
Saw a Willys wagon with the rear wheel wells moved back. Looked pretty good too! If you have major rust in that area already and need body work...
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