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1957 chevy truck frame swap

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by DG Racing, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. DG Racing
    Joined: Dec 11, 2009
    Posts: 44

    DG Racing

    Is it possible to swap the frame on a 1957 Chevy truck

    i whant to use a chevy 1984 3500 frame
  2. studebaker46
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 641


    my opinion is why would you want to aftermarket crossmember with upDATED MUST11 components your frame fits your truck / tom
  3. KooDaddy
    Joined: Oct 16, 2006
    Posts: 755

    from Wis.

    Boy thats traditional. Why don't you just find a fake set of tits and play with them.
  4. crapshoot
    Joined: Apr 25, 2005
    Posts: 690


    what's wrong with the factory frame from 57? they make a shit ton of upgrades for that truck ya know.
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  5. str8axle55
    Joined: Dec 19, 2006
    Posts: 355

    from MA

    If he`s looking to swap to a 1 ton frame he may be making a tow vehicle.
  6. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 45,366


    Anything's possible. Easy, or smart, that's another question.

    The 57 frame is pretty much flat from front to back, while the later frames like the 84 drop quite a bit in the middle, and they pinch in and go up at the front. So you'd have to do some work to get the cab to fit, make the radiator and bumper fit, etc. Also the newer trucks are a bit wider, so it would not be easy to get the front wheels to tuck up in the fenders if you want to lower it.

    I have a 57 single wheel one ton I'm planning on leaving it mostly stock, but swapping the rear springs and rearend to mid 80s 3/4 ton chevy stuff. But I'm weird like that.
  7. DG Racing
    Joined: Dec 11, 2009
    Posts: 44

    DG Racing

    yes its to do a tow truck i have the complete truck but the body is finish,so i whant to buy a 57 truck so i can put the body on my frame .

    but if somebody already done it i will like to know and see the finish product.

  8. buds56
    Joined: Dec 9, 2004
    Posts: 176


    I put a 56 on a 79 shortbed frame a couple years ago. It worked out pretty good for a low buck project.
    here's a link to some pics of it,

    i put the 56 frame mounts on the 79 frame ( the frame widths are within 1/2" of each other)
    and made spacers for the front cab mounts. The rad support was a pain as thats where the steering box is.
    It was alot of work, i learned alot and pretty low buck. Hope this helps. Bud
  9. DG Racing
    Joined: Dec 11, 2009
    Posts: 44

    DG Racing

    Thanks buds56 for your pictures

    and its funny yesterday i say one with a 1985 c/10 frame but yes the front tires are very clost to be out of the fenders .

    SO is there somebody that put one on a Dakota frame ?????

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