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Old 10-17-2017, 07:40 PM   #1
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59 gmc 4x4

Has anyone put a gm 10 bolt front axle in a 55-59 pickup? If so, what did you use for a steering box, pitman arm, steering link? I do fabricate.

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Old 10-24-2017, 01:37 PM   #2
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Re: 59 gmc 4x4

Yrs ago I helped a bud do this. We found the stock frame / springs / steering wasn't up to the job & wound up peeling all the sheetmetal off & installing it on a late '60s Dodge 4x4 frame.
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Old 10-24-2017, 03:20 PM   #3
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Re: 59 gmc 4x4

I wonder if/how knapco modified the frame, steering, or suspension. Certainly rough use --mudding, rock crawling-- would put additional stress. Maybe boxing the frame at the hanger points and steering box would help. I do like puzzles within dollar means. I am hung up on trucks especially 4wds.
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Old 10-24-2017, 04:18 PM   #4
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Re: 59 gmc 4x4

The same bud had a NAPCO '57, but it didn't run & I never looked very close under it.
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Old 10-28-2017, 05:12 PM   #5
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Re: 59 gmc 4x4

I have the remnants of the front end of a '59 someone converted to 4x4. Seemed to do fine.
They used the stock steering linkage from a push/pull manual steering set-up on the axle. It wasn't a cross-steer set-up.
Granny 4-speed with a married transfer case (I still have that).
Leaf springs were stock, I believe. They had the grease fittings on the shackles.
Not sure what steering box was on the truck--I didn't get that when they put a new chassis under it.
BUT, I don't see why a later power steering box (push-pull variety) wouldn't work, with the proper adapter plate.

If you've got a '59 4x4, there's a junkyard local to me that has a '59 Commercial grill that I always thought would look tough as hell on a 4x4.

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Old 10-28-2017, 05:24 PM   #6
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Re: 59 gmc 4x4

Brad54 ---- If the commercial grill is a fleet pickup -- that is what i have -- 1/2 ton step side with the chevy dash with gmc on it, a 270 motor, single headlights and the funny grill . At the moment in mostly pieces but I have all but the passenger door. 8-)


What 4 speed and what transfer case do you have?


And am making it a 4x4.

Below is a Fleet.
https://www.google.com/search?q=1959...6Hy4shNaRttFM:
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Old 10-28-2017, 09:53 PM   #7
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Yup, that's the grill! The one in the boneyard here is a fleet truck, but it's got the regular GMC dual headlights.
I honestly don't know what trans and T-case it is. I need to go look.
I've been meaning to take a pic and post it here to identify it, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

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Old 10-29-2017, 06:56 AM   #8
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Re: 59 gmc 4x4 - steering arm

Hey guys, I have a WTB in that forum for a stock steering arm for a GM 10 bolt or dana 44. You guys that lifted your 4x4's probably have one lying around that you replaced to correct turning. Help me out please.
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