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Re: 1970 Chev long bed frame swap

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Posted by Wild Bill on February 13, 2008 at 13:47:40 from (

In Reply to: 1970 Chev long bed frame swap posted by Dewy Sr on February 12, 2008 at 06:22:13:

There will have to be a lot of modifications. You will have to shorten the frame behind the cab, fab and install body mounts, and do a body lift to make it work.

You can easily use the front cross member from the 87 on your 70 frame to get disc brakes, you will have to drill two holes per side, and widen two others.

The motor will be a direct bolt in swap to the old frame and trans using the old motor mounts, and the new flywheel, or flexplate. That is if the older truck is also a V8. If you are going to an 8 cyl from a 6 cyl you will have to use different towers, but everything that you will need is readily available and it is still a bolt in swap. Transplant the wireing, etc, from the new truck along with the motor.

If it were a 4x4, I could see doing the body lift and all that would be needed to swap the frames, but on a 2 wd truck, I think the 70 would look like a train ran over it sitting on a 87 frame.


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