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Old September 25th, 2009, 07:22 PM   #1
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Thinking of swapping a '95 suburban 1500 body on to a '84 k20 chassis. Any one done anything like this? Don't see swapping body or moving body mounts being a big deal, but more getting cluster working and wiring. Any thoughts? K20 has 6.2L with 700r4, burban is 350 TBI with 4l60e.
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Your biggest issue is going to be the Burban frame is longer (After the rear axle) and the gas tank on the Burban is behind the rear axle between the frame and I do believe the K20's tank is mounted length wise along the frame in front of the rear axle. As long as the wheel base on each vehicle is close it is a feasible swap you will just have to extend the frame and reuse the Suburbans gas tank.
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I almost did this on my 91 chevy, swap it with my old 95 3/4 ton burb, pretty much the same, but i'd end up with a full 3/4 ton frame/axles with 4.10s. It was a lost closer than your k20-95 burb body swap, but that is pretty much a completly different everything, it would make it a lost easier if your k20 is a long bed (i'm assuming it is),

your biggest issue is getting all the wiring right, your making alot of work for youself by switch from a tbi motor to a 6.2 diesel, (ast least it's not a turbo diesel ), the gas tank issue shouldn't be that much of a problem, you will have to use the burb tank like disturban said, or figure out some funky way of fabbing the k20 tank, though you could take out the 35 gal burb tank and put dual 25 gal tanks in...could be interesting....anyway, you'll have to use the computer from the k20, and mock it up for the burb, you might not have oil pressure, or temp though, the harnesses are almost exact opposete

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I thought about making a shitbox economy car into a 4x4 once.
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I almost did this on my 91 chevy, swap it with my old 95 3/4 ton burb, pretty much the same, but i'd end up with a full 3/4 ton frame/axles with 4.10s. It was a lost closer than your k20-95 burb body swap, but that is pretty much a completly different everything, it would make it a lost easier if your k20 is a long bed (i'm assuming it is),

your biggest issue is getting all the wiring right, your making alot of work for youself by switch from a tbi motor to a 6.2 diesel, (ast least it's not a turbo diesel ), the gas tank issue shouldn't be that much of a problem, you will have to use the burb tank like disturban said, or figure out some funky way of fabbing the k20 tank, though you could take out the 35 gal burb tank and put dual 25 gal tanks in...could be interesting....anyway, you'll have to use the computer from the k20, and mock it up for the burb, you might not have oil pressure, or temp though, the harnesses are almost exact opposete

this a dd or toy?
Will be DD and tow vehicle. The k20 is mechanical injection, no computer long box reg. cab. The burban has a 42 gal tank the optional larger one. Not to worried about moving tank. Think it will be ok as long as it fits between frame rails. Gauges are what I'm thinking will be most of the work, seeing the burban is OBD I and uses senors on tranny for speed. I think the burban gauges are in a cluster that just plugs into a harness, where the k20 uses cable for speed then individual sensors for gauges.

On your 91 to 95 swap where their any problems with getting the gauges working right. Or could I use gauges out of an earlier model like your 91 to get them working and still keep interior looking right?
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