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Old 12-06-2017, 11:37 AM   #1
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Hi guys,

Been a while since I have been on a forum but glad to be here. Glad the community is active.

Couple months ago my brother bought a 1966 Chevy C60 because he saw it and liked it. It has the 292 6 cylinder, manual transmission and 2 speed rear axle. Between the two of us we have limited knowledge on the C60 chassis. I am an import guy and used to putting motors into cars they don't belong in such as a 2JZ in a 240sx and a LQ9 into the same 240sx.

We have decided this winter we are going to swap in a 350 small block v8 with an automatic transmission. There is a 89 GMC 2500 local to us that we plan to get the motor from.

Any advice, tips, hints, tricks would be greatly appreciated. Planning to keep it a dually.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:50 AM   #2
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Re: NEW HERE Need Advice for 1966 C60 Engine Swap

I won't be the first to say it: keep the stock engine/trans/rear.
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:40 PM   #3
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I won't be the first to say it: keep the stock engine/trans/rear.
I'll second that. The heavy haulers are getting to be far and few now-a-days.... Everyone either chops 'em up or parts them out for pickups.
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Re: NEW HERE Need Advice for 1966 C60 Engine Swap

On this site there is a Heavy Haulers area - http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/f...play.php?f=239
Have you looked into this C60 site? http://www.chevyc60.com/
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Old 12-07-2017, 12:03 AM   #5
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For the engine, you will have to move the passenger side engine mount bracket forward to match the drivers side. Then you will have to remove the bellhousing crossmember and install a rear trans mount. I'm not sure how well shifting the 2 speed rear will work with an auto trans. Plus with an auto trans you will not have an e-brake unless you use a TH475 from a motorhome.
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Re: NEW HERE Need Advice for 1966 C60 Engine Swap

I'll be the 3rd to say it....please keep it a stocker. Stock big rigs are rare and it's a shame to see them ruined for lack of better words. Plus to be honest a 350 ain't gonna haul that thing around much better. Now something cooler and more original would be a 409.
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Re: NEW HERE Need Advice for 1966 C60 Engine Swap

Honestly, if you're going to upgrade to a V8, then do it properly. Put in a more commercial sized engine. There are any number of ton-and-a-half chassis out there under dead motorhomes with low mileage. I have one, as a matter of fact. Put in a big-block with a commercial tranny so that that big C-60 can do the job it's set up for. You can pull the whole drive train out of the motorhome getting superior brakes as a bonus. Also, a CDL won't be necessary to drive it with the single-speed diff.
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On this site there is a Heavy Haulers area - http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/f...play.php?f=239
Have you looked into this C60 site? http://www.chevyc60.com/
Thanks for the links.
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I won't be the first to say it: keep the stock engine/trans/rear.
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I'll second that. The heavy haulers are getting to be far and few now-a-days.... Everyone either chops 'em up or parts them out for pickups.
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I'll be the 3rd to say it....please keep it a stocker. Stock big rigs are rare and it's a shame to see them ruined for lack of better words. Plus to be honest a 350 ain't gonna haul that thing around much better. Now something cooler and more original would be a 409.
As much as I appreciate original stock nostalgia, we are already set on swapping.
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Welcome to the forum

For the engine, you will have to move the passenger side engine mount bracket forward to match the drivers side. Then you will have to remove the bellhousing crossmember and install a rear trans mount. I'm not sure how well shifting the 2 speed rear will work with an auto trans. Plus with an auto trans you will not have an e-brake unless you use a TH475 from a motorhome.
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Honestly, if you're going to upgrade to a V8, then do it properly. Put in a more commercial sized engine. There are any number of ton-and-a-half chassis out there under dead motorhomes with low mileage. I have one, as a matter of fact. Put in a big-block with a commercial tranny so that that big C-60 can do the job it's set up for. You can pull the whole drive train out of the motorhome getting superior brakes as a bonus. Also, a CDL won't be necessary to drive it with the single-speed diff.
Any specific motorhomes to key an eye out for?

Can we keep the dually with a single speed diff?
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Re: NEW HERE Need Advice for 1966 C60 Engine Swap

There are a variety of ways you can handle this.

You can do a frame-over, that is to say, take the chassis out from under a Motorhome and put your cab on it. However, you will need to modify things a bit because that chassis will be set up for a Cab-Forward setup (COE). The advantage of this is you get a modern chassis and drive train (complete) and the outline of the classic truck. In Soviet California, the cab and VIN thereof are what the vehicle goes off of. Hence, though you have say a '86 chassis and motor, since the cab is a '66, you won't have to smog.

Or you can transfer the desired components of the donor chassis over to your original. I would transfer the entire drivetrain including the dual rear axle. They are designed to work together and that is a team you really would be wise to keep together.

Most motorhomes use some kind of Step-Van chassis. For instance, my 86 ElDorado has a Chevrolet Cab-Forward chassis (1 1/2 ton Step-Van). There are a lot of them out there that are now having trouble with leaking, siding and skirting coming loose and losing it on the road, etc... So people are looking to simply unload them. Very often one can find one of these with very low mileage and in excellent mechanical shape even though the camper itself is going to hell in a handbasket. They make wonderful donor vehicles, aside from having to dispose of the Camper's components. By the by, if the appliances work, they can be sold to help finance the project. In fact, with a bit of patience and careful handling, good appliances can sell for what you have paid for the whole rig in the first place!
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Old 12-07-2017, 04:11 PM   #12
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There are a variety of ways you can handle this.

You can do a frame-over, that is to say, take the chassis out from under a Motorhome and put your cab on it. However, you will need to modify things a bit because that chassis will be set up for a Cab-Forward setup (COE). The advantage of this is you get a modern chassis and drive train (complete) and the outline of the classic truck. In Soviet California, the cab and VIN thereof are what the vehicle goes off of. Hence, though you have say a '86 chassis and motor, since the cab is a '66, you won't have to smog.

Or you can transfer the desired components of the donor chassis over to your original. I would transfer the entire drivetrain including the dual rear axle. They are designed to work together and that is a team you really would be wise to keep together.

Most motorhomes use some kind of Step-Van chassis. For instance, my 86 ElDorado has a Chevrolet Cab-Forward chassis (1 1/2 ton Step-Van). There are a lot of them out there that are now having trouble with leaking, siding and skirting coming loose and losing it on the road, etc... So people are looking to simply unload them. Very often one can find one of these with very low mileage and in excellent mechanical shape even though the camper itself is going to hell in a handbasket. They make wonderful donor vehicles, aside from having to dispose of the Camper's components. By the by, if the appliances work, they can be sold to help finance the project. In fact, with a bit of patience and careful handling, good appliances can sell for what you have paid for the whole rig in the first place!
^^^This guys knows what's going on. I just was given an 85 Fleetwood motorhome. 454/400 trans. Free. Just haul away. It cost me $175 to have it moved. I've almost got the whole body removed. I didn't hassle with trying to keep anything but if you found a place to advertise them people love vintage appliances.
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Re: NEW HERE Need Advice for 1966 C60 Engine Swap

Any Class A or B motorhome with a Chevy chassis and drivetrain. Usually in the '70's and '80's. You just have to change the 2 speed diff to a single speed diff of the same size. The Class A and B motorhomes are dually's but have a lighter weight rated differential.

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Any specific motorhomes to key an eye out for?

Can we keep the dually with a single speed diff?
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Old 12-08-2017, 11:21 AM   #14
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There are a variety of ways you can handle this.

You can do a frame-over, that is to say, take the chassis out from under a Motorhome and put your cab on it. However, you will need to modify things a bit because that chassis will be set up for a Cab-Forward setup (COE). The advantage of this is you get a modern chassis and drive train (complete) and the outline of the classic truck. In Soviet California, the cab and VIN thereof are what the vehicle goes off of. Hence, though you have say a '86 chassis and motor, since the cab is a '66, you won't have to smog.

Or you can transfer the desired components of the donor chassis over to your original. I would transfer the entire drivetrain including the dual rear axle. They are designed to work together and that is a team you really would be wise to keep together.

Most motorhomes use some kind of Step-Van chassis. For instance, my 86 ElDorado has a Chevrolet Cab-Forward chassis (1 1/2 ton Step-Van). There are a lot of them out there that are now having trouble with leaking, siding and skirting coming loose and losing it on the road, etc... So people are looking to simply unload them. Very often one can find one of these with very low mileage and in excellent mechanical shape even though the camper itself is going to hell in a handbasket. They make wonderful donor vehicles, aside from having to dispose of the Camper's components. By the by, if the appliances work, they can be sold to help finance the project. In fact, with a bit of patience and careful handling, good appliances can sell for what you have paid for the whole rig in the first place!
really dont have the ability to start swapping cabs or chassis.
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Any Class A or B motorhome with a Chevy chassis and drivetrain. Usually in the '70's and '80's. You just have to change the 2 speed diff to a single speed diff of the same size. The Class A and B motorhomes are dually's but have a lighter weight rated differential.
with changing the diff do i have the change the axles too or would it be the same bolt pattern?
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Old 12-09-2017, 12:44 AM   #16
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I'm talking about the entire rear end from drum to drum......I call them differentials. If you could find a single speed third member that would fit into your housing that would work, but that is the proverbial needle in a haystack. The axles have nothing to do with the wheel stud pattern.....have you looked at the rear end in this truck?

What are you wanting to end up with with this build?

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with changing the diff do i have the change the axles too or would it be the same bolt pattern?
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