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Old 01-20-2018, 06:38 AM   #1
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Question 68 2wd Burb Body to 72 4wd Chassis?

Howdy Folks, couple of questions for the experts;
  • will a 68 2wd Suburban body directly bolt onto a 72 4wd Suburban frame?
  • what are the required modifications to the floorboard, hump change?
  • anything seriously different in body panels?

I have a complete 72 GMC K1500 Suburban rustout and I'm looking at some earlier GMC donor bodies..

asking if there are any major body modifications required beyond the obvious nut-n-bolt work..

I scoured through some older threads but I'm not finding specific differences outlined respect of year model and 2wd to 4wd addressed..

I'm already researching the vin issues but looking at clear title donors only and not interested in selling anything complete..

even the briefest replies or links to specific threads all appreciated, thanks in advance!
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:48 AM   #2
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Re: 68 2wd Burb Body to 72 4wd Chassis?

I believe pwdcougar was doing a similar swap.

IIRC, a couple body mounts were in different positions
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Old 01-20-2018, 11:49 AM   #3
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Re: 68 2wd Burb Body to 72 4wd Chassis?

I'm nearly certain it's a direct swap. Just need a high hump for the 4x4, which your 68 may already have depending on the transmission it came with.

I did a 72 2wd Burb body to 72 4x4 truck frame, which did require a couple different body mounts and rear frame extension.

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Re: 68 2wd Burb Body to 72 4wd Chassis?

thank y'all! I'll read through that thread linked for more clues..
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Old 01-21-2018, 05:26 PM   #5
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Re: 68 2wd Burb Body to 72 4wd Chassis?

anyone have any idea what a 67-72 suburban tub weighs with/without interior items or glass? 4 man lift?
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Re: 68 2wd Burb Body to 72 4wd Chassis?

I did that swap on my 67 panel.I used a 72 suburban chassis, Its a direct bolt in.
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Re: 68 2wd Burb Body to 72 4wd Chassis?

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I did that swap on my 67 panel.I used a 72 suburban chassis, Its a direct bolt in.
Did the same swap 67 panel to 69 4wd sub. Direct swap except for hump.
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Old 02-17-2018, 12:03 PM   #8
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Re: 68 2wd Burb Body to 72 4wd Chassis?

Ive been kicking this around myself. I have the two wheel drive panel and the 4 wheel drive burb. Easy swap (relatively). I don't know the weight on these, but way back when we took the panel body off of its chassis I believe there were six of us. Its pretty dang heavy.
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Re: 68 2wd Burb Body to 72 4wd Chassis?

I never gave the hump a thought. My 67 2wd panel was a 6cy. 4 speed on the floor, and had a high hump. Was it a factory set up?
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Re: 68 2wd Burb Body to 72 4wd Chassis?

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I believe pwdcougar was doing a similar swap.

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great lead, thank you! I actually talked to Paul a couple of weeks ago for about an hour and he gave me a boat load of info too..

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I did that swap on my 67 panel.I used a 72 suburban chassis, Its a direct bolt in.
thank you!

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Did the same swap 67 panel to 69 4wd sub. Direct swap except for hump.
thank you!

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Ive been kicking this around myself. I have the two wheel drive panel and the 4 wheel drive burb. Easy swap (relatively). I don't know the weight on these, but way back when we took the panel body off of its chassis I believe there were six of us. Its pretty dang heavy.
thank you! sounds like it's gonna cost me a little more beer than I originally thought..

my friends are cheep but put a few of them together and get ready to


I have moved on to a much better complete suburban to move forward with my current project.. mostly just edge and surface rust.. much more repairable than the giant panel losses in the blue one..

but still considering a long term search for a donor for 'ol rusty blue to make it more marketable or keep [shhh, don't tell Mrs. Bee]





















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Re: 68 2wd Burb Body to 72 4wd Chassis?

Your second burb actually looks really great.
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Re: 68 2wd Burb Body to 72 4wd Chassis?

Yep six and a boy. I believe the boy is 27 now. My sons in the pic are 35 and 36 now. I have a 12 year old grand daughter and 5 year old grandson that weren't born yet in this pic. Just had a thought. Maybe I should just be buried in the panel shell haha.

Ill have to find the original to see when the picture was actually taken, the info on the board pic isn't correct.

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Looks like a great score on the second burb!


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