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1950 chevy frame swap

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New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 12/08
Posted: 12/07/08
02:50 PM

can i put a 1950 model chevy pickup body on a 1969 chevy pickup frame?  

mpayne mpayne
Guru | Posts: 1157 | Joined: 11/07
Posted: 12/08/08
06:25 PM

I just want to be clear; your talking about the cab and the bed right trailer?  

trailer trailer
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 12/08
Posted: 12/11/08
08:44 PM

ya i want to put the cab, bed, and the whole front end on that 69 short wheel base chevy pickup frame  

curtisfox curtisfox
User | Posts: 158 | Joined: 05/08
Posted: 12/12/08
05:54 AM

(I think the 69 frame is a lot wider. The only true way is to get under  and measure and see if the 50 mounts will fit on the side of 69 frame. If you do go ahead do not cut the mounts off your old frame you will lose your pattern make new mounts. The best is to put then side by side and duplicate. also check the tread width if its not to wide..  

trailer trailer
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 12/08
Posted: 12/14/08
03:07 PM

i have heard alot about putting that 50 body on a s-10 frame.
will a regular cab short wheel base work.  

huntington4721 huntington4721
User | Posts: 75 | Joined: 10/08
Posted: 12/15/08
11:21 AM

no, the short wheel base of the regular cab is about 10 inches short of the wheel base on the 50.  But a regular cab long bed is actually almost perfect.  The front suspension is almost dead on and the rear is actually 10 inches narrower than the 50. Which to me means 5-inches more tire in the rear baby  
07 GMC crew diesel
53 3100 original
53 3100 rat
51 3100 streetrod
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trailer trailer
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 12/08
Posted: 12/15/08
09:06 PM

wouldnt the extended cab s15 short bed work to  

oroger oroger
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 04/10
Posted: 04/20/10
10:09 PM

ihave a 52 chevy 3100 that has a bad frame need to replace frame thought about a ford ranger or f100 frame they have the same length of 117 ins  

oldblu65 oldblu65
User | Posts: 243 | Joined: 06/08
Posted: 04/21/10
03:24 PM

Go to , a site that deals with AD truck bodies swapped onto S10 frames . Very informative site ! Good luck !  
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Mlopez Mlopez
New User | Posts: 5 | Joined: 12/10
Posted: 12/14/10
12:20 PM

Hello there, i've been snooping around the site for a little while and finally decided to join in order to clarify a few things.  I recently purchased a 1955 3100 from a friend.  The purchase was kind of done on the spot without a lot of thought put into it except knowing that i want to put a 350 or other sbc.    The truck has no engine or tranny but the body is pretty solid.  I've been looking at the mustang II front kits assuming that would lbe my best option, but I'm beginning to think that an s10 might be a better option. I've torn down and rebuilt a couple of harleys and rebuilta 1965 mustang when i was much younger so I'm very good with tools but I've never welded anything. I have also been offered a runnning 67 impala with a 350 for $450 (it's pretty rusted out). I figured I could use a lot of components like suspension, brakes, steering column etc...  

Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Ive readsome real informative stuff on this site, thanks.  

autotec autotec
Enthusiast | Posts: 456 | Joined: 09/09
Posted: 12/15/10
11:27 PM

Like oldblue65 says check out the S-10 swap kits avalable and i think you would like that not to much welding probably talk a buddy into it if you don't want to try and a lot of kits are bolt on.Even if you go with a newer truck like 2000-2003 the high output 4.3 V6 sounds small but my son has one and it is not slow at all better than a carbed 350 can't beat my duramax but spanks the 80 stock 350.Use the entire wiring harness from the truck.  

Mlopez Mlopez
New User | Posts: 5 | Joined: 12/10
Posted: 12/16/10
10:49 PM

Thanks for the reply Autotec, I've heard that a couple of times about that 4.3, I also had a S10 with the 4.3 and many years ago & I do remember it being very fast.

BTW I failed to mention that what I have is a '55 2nd series, after further research I understand the s10 is too narrow.  Any feedback or comment on that?

Thanks any & all feedback appreciated.  

deal272 deal272
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 12/10
Posted: 12/19/10
06:34 PM

Hello, I also have a 55 second series truck. My father in-law wanted to make it four wheel drive and cut up original frame so now its gone. So I'm looking a frame and want to make it a 4x4. I see that s-10 will work but the rear end is to narrow but a four wheel drive rear end is a perfect match. So will a s-10 4x4 frame work as good as a 2 wheel drive frame.

autotec autotec
Enthusiast | Posts: 456 | Joined: 09/09
Posted: 12/20/10
01:13 AM

I havn't measured a 4X4 frame but i can't see why the would not work but i think a full size would fit under the 55 2nd series,they are wider than the 1st series.The 55 that i am just finishing had a front clip from a 67 chevelle and a 9"ford disc brake lincolin rearend but the LS2 would not fit so we built a frame for it,the frame is probably for sale if you wanted to use a small block old school it would fit just fine.I have a post on here this fall with some pics of the 55 i am just finishing called 55 custom if you want to look.When i done my 50 GMC i had to add 2" to each front fender to make it fit the full size 2000 frame.The old frames are flat and new ones have a drop down in the middle but that makes room for new style rubber mounts that make the trucks ride much better and gives them that dropped look.  

DocBrown DocBrown
New User | Posts: 7 | Joined: 12/11
Posted: 12/20/11
07:24 PM

Hello all,

New guy here. I found this site while researching this very subject. I just acquired a 1950 Chevy truck that someone started to dismantle and mounted a 350 with 400 trans but then stopped. Currently no steering and no connection to the original driveshaft/rear axle.

These two sites have lots of info on frame swapping. The kits seem fairly complete or someone with time, skills and equipment could fab most of the parts. Either way, lots of questions answered at the links below.  

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