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Old 07-17-2017, 10:22 PM   #1
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Early 4x4 Conversion

Lately I've been bench building some and had a thought... I know where a 1937 chevy pickup is that needs redone and was thinking it may be a cool 4x4, not a full blown monster, but a simple 4x4 on 33/35 inch tires.

My question is about the front axle swap. Instead of a frame swap which lots of times look butchered, i would prefer to simply swap in a straight front axle. The truck already has a mustang ll front end, can I just cut that out, weld in spring hangers and find a axle close in width? Is it that simple or am I way off? I know a transfer case and driveshafts are needed, and mounts needto be built, just never done this so I wanted to make sure i am on the right track
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Old 07-17-2017, 11:00 PM   #2
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Re: Early 4x4 Conversion

Would be easier to build a new frame or frame swap it to be honest,And youll need a 4x4 truck for parts and need to figure out how wide of a axle you need front and back.And do you want leaf spirngs front and back or coil springs and links.
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Re: Early 4x4 Conversion

I was thinking use the rear it has (57 chevy) and find out if any jeep or gm front axles are close in width. Leaf springs seems like the easiest swap.

I always hear about s10 frames for these trucks but ifs 4x4 wouldn't look right to me for this
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Old 07-18-2017, 12:00 AM   #4
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You can do a solid axle swap on a s10 tho.like this https://www.skysoffroaddesign.com/co.../chevy-sas-s10
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:10 AM   #5
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Re: Early 4x4 Conversion

Strait axle Toyota parts.
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