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Old June 25th, 2012, 08:29 PM   #1
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I know this prob has been asked and answered,,, but please bear with me, and help a guy out if you can,,,,

I just picked up a real nice 78 chevy 3/4 ton 2wd truck fron compton Calf.(it's straght outta compton) , 350/350,,it's sooo clean, on top and under,,

and I have a 82 single rear wheel 1 ton 4wd chevy,,d60/14bolt/454/400/205, runs great,,, sooooo rusty, frame is crusty too, you have to have glasses, and ear plugs on to get under truck..

i know everybody says swap the body to the one ton frame,, but the 2wd truck is too nice to ignore.

I was told the holes for the 4wd brackets are on the 2wd frame,, and although the job is very involved,, it's kinda straght foward, I know I have to replace the trans hump, and switch to all 4wd cross members, but how bad is it really,,,has anybody done this??,can anybody stear me toward a old post to help??? please be easy on the bashing,, just looking for some input,

and for the record, ALL the 1 ton running gear is gonna end up on whatever comes of this,, with 37 inch goodyears and about a 4-6 inch lift,

thanks......
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Old June 25th, 2012, 08:38 PM   #2
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I dont have an answer for you for converting your frame to 4 wheel drive. But I think it would be much easier to find another 4x4 frame that's in good condition. That's just my opinion.

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Old June 25th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #3
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I have done this year's ago the frame's are not the same, you will have to drill hole's for your shackle's and your front spring hanger. If i remember right the motor mount's set lower in tne 2wd frame and caused front diff clearance problem's and steering clearance problem's but if your using a lift might not be a problem. Use the 2wd steering box and do the crossover steering is the best option imo it is alot of work but is not all that difficult to do the swap lot of cutting, grinding, and measure 10 time's and cut once. I will look for some old pic's and post them to give you an idea of what need's to be done.
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thanks sanman,

after reviewing all the info from you guy's,, I think the 1 ton frame is gonna get blasted,, and Im gonna cut out the trans hump from the 1 ton cab, and swap the body to that frame,, it's alot of info from the wed to absorb,, half say it's a snap to do the 2wd frame up,,, half say dont do it,,, im going the safe route and doing the body onto the frame,,,,it's gonna rock when im done!
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after reviewing all the info from you guy's,, I think the 1 ton frame is gonna get blasted,, and Im gonna cut out the trans hump from the 1 ton cab, and swap the body to that frame,, it's alot of info from the wed to absorb,, half say it's a snap to do the 2wd frame up,,, half say dont do it,,, im going the safe route and doing the body onto the frame,,,,it's gonna rock when im done!
I think if that frame is savable it will be easier in the long run. Don't forget to start a build thread.

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will do capone,,, I just got a running 350,, just to stab in to drive it while I work on the little things on the body,, than im gonna strip off the 1 ton body and do the frame and motor,, and if things go right,, bout a weekend worth of body swapping,, i will be good.. keep your eye out! I will title it "Dinos body swap" thanks for the input
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Have you considered NOT cutting up a clean california truck to stick in the michigan mud? I see nice 4x4 chevs for a dime a dozen,I dont see any clean 2wd california trucks running around.
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Have you considered NOT cutting up a clean california truck to stick in the michigan mud? I see nice 4x4 chevs for a dime a dozen,I dont see any clean 2wd california trucks running around.
The more i mess with this truck ,, the more guilty i feel about it,,,I might just put a motor in it and use it to tow my drag car around.
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Link it And take your time. I've done the 2wd/4wd lowered/lifted thing and honestly I get a better ride out of a lifted truck...even tho I'm a mini truck guy, I still can appreciate either way you go...
This was my first project completed...loved it but wanted to go a diff route.

And this is my current project, which I feel like I accomplished so much more than the ranger...plenty of projects between but these 2 really stick out.


So like I said...take your time. Link it-weather it be lowered or lifted, you will still have fun...
And where's the pics?!?!?
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your right yoda,,,,

I just finished the cleaning up of the new/temp motor,, gonna finish it up this weekend, and start to swap in in,, Im gonna drive it a while,, and strip down the 1 ton and do up the frame,,, than I will decide what to do,, btw I got a mint 85 4 runner ,, 4in lift on 33's from eagle pass tx in the drive,,, I drive it every day!!! love that thing,,,
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