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Old 10-16-2017, 05:56 PM   #76
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Re: '60-'66 Body On A '73-'87 Frame

It looks like a 2002 2wd frame would work if you cut your longbed bed down to a medium bed - 119 wheel base.
Pink is our shortbed frame.
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Old 10-16-2017, 05:57 PM   #77
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Re: '60-'66 Body On A '73-'87 Frame

Someone in these forums used a 2000 Tahoe. for a 67-72.
http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=688570
I'll see if I can find a Tahoe frame and lay our frame over that schematic.
A Tahoe has a 116" Wheelbase, ours is 115"
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Old 10-16-2017, 06:13 PM   #78
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Re: '60-'66 Body On A '73-'87 Frame

Here is our frame laid over a 2002 Tahoe Frame.
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Old 10-16-2017, 06:50 PM   #79
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Re: '60-'66 Body On A '73-'87 Frame

So, if your 2wd 63-66 frame is good, you are further ahead using your own frame and the 73+ crossmember and stuff - because the 73+ frame kicks up too soon under the cab, causing a raised look - which you may like.
If you're doing a 4x4, it may be easier to move your body over to the 73+ frame.
(6 of one / half dozen of the other)
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Another option would be to use a 2000+ Tahoe frame and get the whole package with an LS.
But looking at the thread I linked to the member who used a 2000+ Tahoe with a 67-72, it still looks like a lot of work.
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For myself, Even if doing an LS swap, If I had my original frame in good condition, with matching VIN, and I was doing a 2wd, I think I'd still just use my original frame.
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I hope this information helps someone.
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:52 PM   #80
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Re: '60-'66 Body On A '73-'87 Frame

With the '88+ frames, not only is the side profile different than the '63-'72 frames but the width of the frames is quite a bit wider.
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Old 10-17-2017, 09:34 PM   #81
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Re: '60-'66 Body On A '73-'87 Frame

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With the '88+ frames, not only is the side profile different than the '63-'72 frames but the width of the frames is quite a bit wider.
Yep, you are correct:
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Old 12-06-2017, 12:49 PM   #82
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Re: '60-'66 Body On A '73-'87 Frame

I'll go ahead and put my 2 cents in too.

A 2wd 73-87 is a great choice for a guy like me.

I have a 64 long bed, 3/4 ton with a seized up 3/4 ton rearend.

My choices are to:

1. do a 73-87 crossmember swap, shorten the frame and buy a 5 lug rearend

2. or buy a swb 73-87 and channel the already bad floor that needs patches and to weld the 64 cab mounts on.

Option 2 seems much easier and I can buy a 73-87 c10 junkyard truck for $200
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Old 12-06-2017, 12:55 PM   #83
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Re: '60-'66 Body On A '73-'87 Frame

Added bonus on a 73-87 frame is it will have the better v8 frame mounts and an automatic trans crossmember and linkage pivot and I prefer leafsprings.

Not to mention the power steering box should be there and also a beefier center/drag link....

It's well worth the fiddleing with mounts and the frame will be 20 years newer and I think someone mentioned thicker
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Old 12-06-2017, 03:07 PM   #84
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Re: '60-'66 Body On A '73-'87 Frame

Interesting information...In Tennessee the title thing is not a concern, when I moved here from Georgia, I went to the highway department with all my paper work my insurance and figured they would send me back home for something. To my surprise all they wanted to see was my GA title, they told me insurance paper work was only needed for the cops if you get in an accident
So the first thing I did after leaving was raise my uninsured motorist coverage....I can't believe they issue tags with out verifying you have insurance. It seems they just want the tax money.
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Old 12-07-2017, 12:09 AM   #85
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Re: '60-'66 Body On A '73-'87 Frame

To each his own, but as I always say, keep your original frame. The trailing arms and coil springs provide a better ride and are superior from a performance perspective. The entire front suspension can be switched out in a weekend. The frame can be shortened by a compentent welder in another couple of days.
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Old 12-18-2017, 07:17 PM   #86
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Re: '60-'66 Body On A '73-'87 Frame

I have a 71 C10 long bed that I am wanting to convert to 4x4. Does anyone know what year range of frame I can look for that has the same wheel base that I can use
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Old 12-18-2017, 10:05 PM   #87
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Re: '60-'66 Body On A '73-'87 Frame

Did you look in the search?
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Old 12-19-2017, 12:11 AM   #88
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Re: '60-'66 Body On A '73-'87 Frame

The '63-'72 K series are all 127" wheelbase longbeds. The '73-'86 K series and '87-'91 V series are 131.5" wheelbase for the longbeds.

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