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Username Post: C10 on S10 frame?        (Topic#277831)
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03-11-12 06:53 PM - Post#2201358    

Has anyone tried this? The mechanic at my work mentioned he was going to use a S10 frame under his 68 c10 hot rod project. I don't know the specs on the frame if it would be possible without major fabrication or not. If it could be a fairly easy job I would consider it myself. I'm just curious if anyone has any input on doing this. The guy seems to be a pretty competent Fabricator but I really don't know him very well and rarely see him. He also has my boss who is not a do it yourself kind of guy thinking he is going to do the same thing with his 55 truck. I am guessing its not going to be easy or probably even worth it by the time he gets everything to fit. Ecklers LMC Trucks

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03-11-12 09:39 PM - Post#2201414    
    In response to C10 Sleeper

Why not use your C10 frame?

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03-12-12 05:22 AM - Post#2201481    
    In response to C10 Sleeper

Hmmmm! I wonder what the benefits of the swap would be! Seems like a lot of unnecessary work and probably a lot of fabrication. It seems like the S-10 frame would be short compared to the C-10.


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03-12-12 07:28 AM - Post#2201520    
    In response to JimKshortstep4x4

I don't know what his reasons are. I guess if you had a rolling chassis s10 and providing it was long enough and the right width the front would have disc brakes and small bolt pattern 5 lug wheels. I know a guy that used a front sub frame from a camaro on his 53 Ford f100 to upgrade the suspension, brakes and Chevy motor. I can see why he obviously did that and think that it was a pretty common swap for ford trucks at one time.

I have always wanted to build my own frame but don't really have the extra space to do it. I'm in the process of shopping for a new house right now so I can have a lot more room to work. When I do buy another house I was planning on tearing my truck down down to the frame. After thinking about the camaro front maybe planning something like that is in my future.

Edited by C10 Sleeper on 03-12-12 07:51 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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03-12-12 09:19 AM - Post#2201553    
    In response to C10 Sleeper

unless he is using a 4x4 ZR2 chassis, it's going to be really narrow.

lots of guys use them on 47-54 trucks and they make a body mount kit even, but it just doesn't sound right for a truck newer than that. to me it would make more sense to use a 88-98 frame for more modern stuff.

the camaro is way wider a track width than the s10. i think the 70-81 camaro rear axle is the same width as the 73-87 truck.

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03-12-12 12:08 PM - Post#2201593    
    In response to patgizz

I really don't know what he is doing and it did sound kind of strange to me. I don't really know anything about the s10 stuff and was just kind of wondering if I was missing something. I do want to start some research so I can maybe build my own frame and eventually do a body swap. If I could find something the right width with decent front suspension I wouldn't mind grafting it to the mid section of a frame and going with something like a competition engineering back half kit with a 4 link. Ecklers LMC Trucks

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