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Old 12-19-2017, 12:38 AM   #1
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Newb questions

Although I will be new to the 60-66 world I am not at all new to this forum. I’m am 99% certain I’m have acquired a 1961 c30 dually. I’m having a hard time finding the info I’m looking for...
Does anyone manufacture replacement dually fenders?
Does anyone manufacture lowering kits?
I have searched and don’t seem to find anything.
I’m excited to begin working on this truck! Thanks for any advice and direction!
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Old 12-19-2017, 12:39 AM   #2
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Re: Newb questions

I would like to bag it but not sure how feasible that will be.
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Old 12-19-2017, 07:34 AM   #3
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Re: Newb questions

Post some pictures so we can see what you are working with.
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Old 12-19-2017, 11:25 PM   #4
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Yeah a C30 should be a Cab & Chassis with a work body of some type on it. That I know of they didn't build Dually trucks for about 15 more years.
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Old 12-19-2017, 11:52 PM   #5
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Be warned, itís rough!
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Old 12-20-2017, 12:04 AM   #6
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What are your plans, other than lowering it?
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Old 12-20-2017, 12:17 AM   #7
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Re: Newb questions

Not sure yet. So many ideas....
The engine doesn’t run right now. No idea about the trans.
1 idea was to leave it ratted out but lower or bag it on 20” 8 lugs or even 22” semis. Get the 6 cylinder running. Reupholster the seat. Make a stake flat bed.
Option 2 includes a dually bed and maybe some bodywork.
Option 3 is to do any LS swap
Option 4 is make it a shortbed possibly try to convert to 1/2 suspension.
It really is endless
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Old 12-20-2017, 12:19 AM   #8
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Yeah a C30 should be a Cab & Chassis with a work body of some type on it. That I know of they didn't build Dually trucks for about 15 more years.
Cab and chassis with a dual rear wheel? Or are you saying CHEVROLET didnít use dual rear wheels at all until around 75?
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The factory dually bed with the fender extensions did not happen until '73. Prior to that a C30 was either a cab and chassis with duals on the rear or single rear wheels with a stepside or fleetside bed

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Cab and chassis with a dual rear wheel? Or are you saying CHEVROLET didnít use dual rear wheels at all until around 75?
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The factory dually bed with the fender extensions did not happen until '73. Prior to that a C30 was either a cab and chassis with duals on the rear or single rear wheels with a stepside or fleetside bed
Ok that makes sense. So it was for sure a cab and chassis. Do you know if the cab and chassis has the same wheelbase as a longbed?
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Re: Newb questions

I’m looking at doing a 73-87 front crossmember swap to gain the newer suspension, disc brakes and power steering. Anyone see any issues with that?
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No, nothing wrong with that. That is what I started doing back in the early '80's. Now days most people want dropped spindles and springs and don't want to change the crossmember. There are more options now than back when I started doing the swap, but those options do cost more money.

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I’m ok with that too but where do I get spindles and springs? This c30 has torsion bars also.
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Sorry I didn't go back and look at what you are working on. A crossmember swap would be the best IMO. I don't think you can put the '60-'62 dropped spindles on a '61 C30. I was mainly talking about other people in general that want dropped spindles and springs for their trucks..

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Iím ok with that too but where do I get spindles and springs? This c30 has torsion bars also.
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Anyone know if the 61 apache 30 frame is the same specs on the rear as a 1963-66 c30? I was looking at some 4 link setups and they start at 1963.
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Old 01-16-2018, 08:22 PM   #16
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if U want to do a stepside U will have to have the fenders extended out( on mine i had them extended out four inches) am doing a 63 dually if U google 6o/66 dually there a guy that did a blue one some yrs ago!!
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Hereís kinda what Iím looking at if I do a fleetside.
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Kinda put the cart ahead of the horse considering I still have to file for a lost title and have it towed from my friends house but I picked up a pair of these yesterday.
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nice score, that grill looks to be in near perfect shape...the 61 insert is hard to come by in good shape...hood looks good too
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Before I spend a dime, get the title worked out. Then go for it!
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You posted my idea before I saw the thread. Fleetside bed with stepside fenders for dually action.
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Old 01-16-2018, 10:00 PM   #22
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You posted my idea before I saw the thread. Fleetside bed with stepside fenders for dually action.
Iím sure itís gonna be way harder than it looks
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nice score, that grill looks to be in near perfect shape...the 61 insert is hard to come by in good shape...hood looks good too
Thanks! Hood is my least favorite part of the truck.

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Yeah I need to work on that this week.
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Since your truck is a C30 with leaf springs, and in looking at the pics, I would say that the frame should be about 34" wide from a little behind the back of the cab rearward. So yes the frame should be basically the same width as a '63-'72 frame. Bit at the same time yours will have a different profile since it is designed for leaf springs. So any rear suspension 'kit' for a '63-'73 will not be an exact bolt in. I'm not sure if a kit for a '73-'87 would be a better fit or not. Some measuring would be necessary.

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Since your truck is a C30 with leaf springs, and in looking at the pics, I would say that the frame should be about 34" wide from a little behind the back of the cab rearward. So yes the frame should be basically the same width as a '63-'72 frame. Bit at the same time yours will have a different profile since it is designed for leaf springs. So any rear suspension 'kit' for a '63-'73 will not be an exact bolt in. I'm not sure if a kit for a '73-'87 would be a better fit or not. Some measuring would be necessary.
Thanks for the suggestions Captainfab! I may try an inexpensive option first and use a flip kit for a 73-87 c30 first.
And actually that 4 link I was looking at will fit all the way to the end of the squarebody so it would probably be the same.
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