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1937-38-39 Chevy Car's on S-10 Frames

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by specsintexas, May 17, 2012.

  1. 1937-38-39 Chevy CAR's riding on Chevy S-10 Frames. I am pretty sure this conversion has been done. Need some info before I try it. So, show some pics and give me some words if you have seen or have done this conversion.

  2. arteee
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 21

    from Michigan

  3. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 4,397


    Why would you want an S-10 frame? Do they ride that good?
  4. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 16,186

    from California

    there is a boatload of aftermarket help for these cars. no need for a frame swap.

    several years back there was a 37 (?) done with the chassis from a Syclone or whatever it was called, the turbo S-10 pickup. a very well built high quality car, but it looked like ass because of the modifications needed to cover the front of the frame that will go right through the front fenders otherwise. had a goofy grille as I recall.
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  5. Frank K
    Joined: Dec 9, 2005
    Posts: 186

    Frank K

    I used a 70 nova (Camaro) sub frame grafted at the firewall..about a 2"x3" butt/meeting and went from there....Frank Kunkel
  6. larry k
    Joined: Feb 23, 2009
    Posts: 220

    larry k

  7. Swifster
    Joined: Dec 16, 2006
    Posts: 1,452


    I wish every S-10 ever built would be melted down...
  8. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
    Posts: 4,578


    What's wrong with the stock frame?
  9. Shitboxdodge
    Joined: Sep 29, 2008
    Posts: 69


    Yeah porknbeaner, zman, et al. where are you when we need you?

    Anyway...I don't think you're gonna be able to get the right patina on that S10 frame like all the traditional hot rods had...
  10. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 16,186

    from California

    good thing I drive a Sonoma.
  11. nutajunka
    Joined: Jan 24, 2007
    Posts: 1,466

    from North Indy

    S-10's should be left S-10's
  12. noclubjoe
    Joined: Aug 24, 2005
    Posts: 629


    Please dont do this.... My 38 chevy coupe rides on the frame that chevrolet put it on if you want to update the suspension, call chassis engineering they sell a very nice product for every suspension part for this car (and many others). Great people to deal with. I think youll be happier in the long run.
  13. tb33anda3rd
    Joined: Oct 8, 2010
    Posts: 11,804

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    second problem [the first is wanting to do it] is, the steering box sticking out the frame as mentioned. you might be better finding, i think 2000 or newer? used a rack or use a dakota frame they use a rack.
  14. We still on the hamb?
  15. Black Primer
    Joined: Oct 1, 2007
    Posts: 967

    Black Primer

    S 10s are meant for this, not for cars.

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  17. LeadSledMerc
    Joined: Nov 29, 2003
    Posts: 4,102


    If you are really serious about don't deserve to own a 37-39 Chevy!!!:eek:

    Why the hell would you even think about doing that, what possible advantage?
  18. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,719


    I would always use an original frame where possible but I do not understand the hate for the poor S10 - rides decently, drives like a late model and it's an easy swap. We did one in my back yard and here's the result. If you ignore the street roddy two tone, home brew running boards and fake 'brands and imagine this in a single color with wide whites and smoothies or chrome reverse then it ain't that bad....




  19. mashed
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,474

    from 4077th

    The rear floors will need reworking. You'll lose over 6 inches in height.
  20. Yes they do. Plus you get PS, Power Disc Brake's, a tough steering box and a frame that is stout with relatively new design and engineering standards. Have you welded on a 1939 Chevy "top hat" frame lately?

    I rest my case.
  21. Finally, I got a negative reply that make sense. Thank You tb33anda3rd . You are so right. The "front steer" steering box is a major problem if you want to maintain the stock look on the outside while going for a modern performance underneath. Food for thought.

    Thank You
  22. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 13,460


    1939 no (not yet), 1937 (and most other years) yes. We are building a 1937 in the shop, right now. MII front, triangulated 4-link in the rear. Power steering and power brakes are not on the list for this one, but they could easily be. We just finished a '41 and a '52.

    There have been zero issued with the welds, so far. I doubt there will be any.

    I have welded on over 40 "top hat" frames. Did not have any issues with those either.

    What sort of problems are you having?

    Oh, and the S-10 front suspension is of a designed penned in, and put into production in the early Sixty's, hardly modern, or performance. At least the MII is from the 70's.
    Last edited: May 18, 2012
  23. Paint
    Joined: Nov 18, 2005
    Posts: 293


    This is mt 37 chassis, all Chassis Engineering stuff.
    No need to weld anything, top quality stuff that fits.

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  24. Lobucrod
    Joined: Mar 22, 2006
    Posts: 4,074

    Alliance Vendor

    If you do it I want to buy the original frame. Hey I'll find an s-10 frame and trade you even.
  25. drptop70ss
    Joined: May 31, 2010
    Posts: 1,052

    from NY

    I have an S10 chassis under my 37 buick, works great but turned out it was much more work than if I had updated the rear end and done a front clip swap. Use a manual steering box or a 605 PS box to gain room up front. This was my first chassis swap and it worked as intended, just was not the time saver I thought it would be. If your frame is solid I would clip it and update the rear axle, that is what I am in the process of doing with my 47 cadillac. Front clips from a G body can be had for $100-$200 and a good used rear axle about the same price. Do what you want, it is your car.
    Last edited: May 18, 2012
  26. I Drag
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 884

    I Drag

    The S-10 frame swap costs hundreds, the aftermarket suspensions for stock frames cost thousands. For all of you that ask "why?", this is the reason people continue to want to do this.
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  27. Are you saying everything is bolt-on? cross member, spring, control arm housing etc? Say it ain't so. Or am I just we-tod-did.
  28. Paint
    Joined: Nov 18, 2005
    Posts: 293


    I don't think you are retarded but yes everything is bolted on.
    Had to weld a spacer and gusset to the crosmember for the tubular A arms but if you use stock Mustang arms you don't need to.
  29. RMR&C
    Joined: Dec 26, 2009
    Posts: 2,205

    from NW Montana

    Personally, I don't really see what you gain by putting a car body on a truck frame. Better ride? Better handling? Not really.....
    Save money? Maybe.....but it also lessens the value of the car to most people.
    My biggest peeve is usually a decent buildable car gets all hacked up trying to fit it on the chassis, then the owner gives up on the project because it was more work than he planned. Leaving a hacked up car that nobody wants.....
  30. mrconcdid
    Joined: Aug 31, 2010
    Posts: 1,150

    from Florida

    Why do people think the S-10 frame swap is a good idea 2 reasons there cheap and easy to find.

    I considered it once, went as far to strip an s-10 to the frame ( that was fun ) looking at the 2 frames side by side, I just could not bring myself to do it, for the work involved and the fact I could very easily ruin my car, I could not do it, I found upgradeing my old frame was easier, cheaper and dosent hurt the value of my car in the long run.
    What eats your lunch ( cost ) is the small things.

    lets say you had a s-10 frame, what would you keep what would you change.

    brake pads
    spindels ( drop spindels )
    springs ( maybe airbags )
    tie rods
    upper/lower bushings
    ball joints
    steering box (stock one is to big to clear )
    brake lines
    rear axle ( to narrow )
    all body mounts
    new front frame mounts/ core support
    wheels and tires
    fuel lines
    motor mounts
    trans mount
    bumper mounts
    gas tank and filler location
    shocks front and rear

    So what are you really keeping
    upper/lower control arms
    rear springs and hangers

    See my point? now figure in all the custom cutting up of your body to make it fit.
    This is just what I learned from my experiance. Im glad I didn't do it.


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