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Old 07-27-2018, 02:55 AM   #51
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Re: Starting a 52 Chevy 3100 Project.

Going to set the cab on the frame tomorrow. Hopefully the height is correct.
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Old 07-27-2018, 08:19 PM   #52
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Got the cab sitting on the frame with the bolts in it. What do you guys think of that wheel placement? I thought I read somewhere it will move back a little when it has a motor in it. Does anyone know? Thanks!!!!
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Old 07-27-2018, 10:00 PM   #53
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do you have the grille in? its important to have the grille in because it will push the bottoms of the fenders out.

the s10 front suspension will pull back in the wheel arch as you lower it. so approximate the weight by sitting on it, or having a few people sit on it. if you plan on using drop springs it will move back about an inch, which is why people consider s10 long bed trucks to be 117" wheelbase even though they are 118" on most specs.
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When you get the cab mounted, work on the front sheetmetal and mount the hood,
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Just a reminder at this point of your mock up
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Old 07-28-2018, 02:48 PM   #55
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do you have the grille in? its important to have the grille in because it will push the bottoms of the fenders out.

the s10 front suspension will pull back in the wheel arch as you lower it. so approximate the weight by sitting on it, or having a few people sit on it. if you plan on using drop springs it will move back about an inch, which is why people consider s10 long bed trucks to be 117" wheelbase even though they are 118" on most specs.

Thanks to both of you. My next step is to get the front put all together and attached. I am then going to mock up the motor. I will not do the final welding of the body mounts till everything is mocked up then pull it apart for a final welding.
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Re: Starting a 52 Chevy 3100 Project.

Have the front all bolted together and set the height.

What do you guys think about the center of the wheels? Will it move back when I put the motor in?
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Old 08-06-2018, 09:50 PM   #57
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Have the front all bolted together and set the height.

What do you guys think about the center of the wheels? Will it move back when I put the motor in?
You probably want to sit the engine in there before making anything permanent. Pretty much the whole truck is built around the front fender placement, so that has to be spot on. Glad to see the hood is on, that was a mistake I made by setting everything up including the core support and not checking my hood gaps first.

I was a bit crazy with mine. Looked at it over multiple days.





I'd say looking at the same picture of yours, it looks like the wheel is slightly forward. Putting the engine in may bring that wheel perfectly centered though.
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Going to set the cab on the frame tomorrow. Hopefully the height is correct.
Good looking cab mounts!
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Old 08-07-2018, 12:20 AM   #59
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I'd say looking at the same picture of yours, it looks like the wheel is slightly forward. Putting the engine in may bring that wheel perfectly centered though.

I hope so. I really don't want to redo the mounts. I did just tack them in there but I hate redoing things. I measured it 2" inches in front of that oblong holes on the frame like others had suggested. When you jack up your front end does the wheels come forward?
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Re: Starting a 52 Chevy 3100 Project.

Wow! I hadn’t checked in on some threads in awhile and the torches and pitchforks came out and ran Brian out for having an opinion. Sheesh.

Criticize hm for expressing his opinion on a forum that’s ALL about expressing our opinions about AD & TF trucks?

Criticize him for where he lives influencing his opinions?

Criticize him for how much he talks about himself? I talk about myself all the time on my thread. Who ELSE would I talk about?

OP- Good luck on your project. I wouldn’t do it your way and neither would Brian but WTF do you care? It’s YOUR truck and YOUR money. Do it anyway you want and hopefully you’re happy with it but if you’re going to come here and post about it please listen to more than one person’s opinion. Doesn’t mean you have to TAKE their opinion, just consider them.
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Wow! I hadnít checked in on some threads in awhile and the torches and came out and ran Brian out for having an opinion. Sheesh.

Criticize hm for expressing his opinion on a forum thatís ALL about expressing our opinions about AD & TF trucks?

Criticize him for where he lives influencing his opinions?

Criticize him for how much he talks about himself? I talk about myself all the time on my thread. Who ELSE would I talk about?

OP- Good luck on your project. I wouldnít do it your way and neither would Brian but WTF do you care? Itís YOUR truck and YOUR money. Do it anyway you want and hopefully youíre happy with it but if youíre going to come here and post about it please listen to more than one personís opinion. Doesnít mean you have to TAKE their opinion, just consider them.
I'm behind you on this. I think Brian made great points that need to be thought of before major decisions. We are here to help with our experience. I've watched/helped a friend with an s10 swap and it was anything but simple. I personally woundnt lower an AD truck to that chassis. It is plain to me that joedoh has trolled him and mucked up the OP's thread with his crusade for all things s10. To each his own but dont jump him for an opinion, just state yours ...to the OP.
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I hope so. I really don't want to redo the mounts. I did just tack them in there but I hate redoing things. I measured it 2" inches in front of that oblong holes on the frame like others had suggested. When you jack up your front end does the wheels come forward?
SO much easier to redo them now though if they are tacked on. I redid mine twice. First, to move it forward 1/2". The second time because I made the rear mounts too short and had to add an inch. Keep in mind my first comment, every part of the truck is determined by the front fender and core support placement. The rake of the cab, the position of the rear bed, if the cab is centered on the truck, taking out the S10 "lean" to one side....all done with those front fenders and those four mounts

I should add....going up and down is much easier. You can build little spacers between the cab and the rubber mounts, but you can't make a spacer that puts the cab further forward or backward. I ended up having to put a spacer in my core support to push the front fender up a little. Thankfully, the design of the core support mount allowed for a little movement.
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SO much easier to redo them now though if they are tacked on. I redid mine twice. First, to move it forward 1/2". The second time because I made the rear mounts too short and had to add an inch. Keep in mind my first comment, every part of the truck is determined by the front fender and core support placement. The rake of the cab, the position of the rear bed, if the cab is centered on the truck, taking out the S10 "lean" to one side....all done with those front fenders and those four mounts

I should add....going up and down is much easier. You can build little spacers between the cab and the rubber mounts, but you can't make a spacer that puts the cab further forward or backward. I ended up having to put a spacer in my core support to push the front fender up a little. Thankfully, the design of the core support mount allowed for a little movement.
I followed Hussey's design of placement of the mounts but his motor was already in so hopefully when I drop the motor in they move back just a little. I think I am going to try and at least set the motor on the frame this weekend.
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Keep us updated. Running truck in three months is ambitious and I thought I was ambitious with a one year project Using the same engine might speed things up since you don't have to build a new cross member, motor mounts, or driveshaft unless you ditch the two piece shaft for a single tube.
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I always use 2 1/8 forward of the hole but my mounts are based on skymangs so they are 3 3/4 wide, so thats the same as 2 1/4 forward of the oval hole, unless my math is wonky.
I also cut my body mount holes a little larger than the mount for some small wiggle room they are centered on this truck currently though.

IMG_0681 by Joe Doh, on Flickr

I chucked a fender on to see how my alignment is, its important to "tuck" the rear of the fender into the recess on the cab, it will almost snap to it. also it is important to level the bottom style line of the fender so it doesnt point up or down.

here is my (fender only)! alignment.

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this truck has the Z85 rpo which is the high riding suspension, bigger coils in the front and an extra leaf in the back. so my tire will go back slightly with a drop coil too.

so make sure your fender style line is mostly level with the frame, it could be you have the front pointing down a little.
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so make sure your fender style line is mostly level with the frame, it could be you have the front pointing down a little.
Thanks for the tip. I think it might have been pointing down. I loosened up the fenders from the the cab and raised it, and my dad is coming over tomorrow to help put the hood on again and we will see how it lines up.

I ended up re-using the mounts for the front end from the S10 to mount the radiator support. I am going to drill a hole in the frame and weld a bolt to the top of the frame.
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Keep us updated. Running truck in three months is ambitious and I thought I was ambitious with a one year project Using the same engine might speed things up since you don't have to build a new cross member, motor mounts, or driveshaft unless you ditch the two piece shaft for a single tube.
I want it running and driving in a year but if I get it done sooner that would be great. It has the 1 piece drive shaft so it will just need to be shortened. I am using the 350 TBI motor/700R4 from a 91 Chevy. I decided to custom build the motor mounts so I could control more of the height of the motor and maybe not have to hack up the floor board as much. I will custom build the transmission mount as well. I already have in my head exactly what I am going to build and have the metal.
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I like the wide core mount on bushings too. looks like a good plan!

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I want it running and driving in a year but if I get it done sooner that would be great. It has the 1 piece drive shaft so it will just need to be shortened. I am using the 350 TBI motor/700R4 from a 91 Chevy. I decided to custom build the motor mounts so I could control more of the height of the motor and maybe not have to hack up the floor board as much. I will custom build the transmission mount as well. I already have in my head exactly what I am going to build and have the metal.

be careful the oil/tranny pans dont stick out below the front crossmember, that is the limit of down for me. if you move the motor back to the firewall, a rcsb s10 driveshaft will fit.
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Set the motor and tranny in today during my lunch. We are going to set the front end back on tomorrow and see if we can fit a fan and radiator in there.
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Got the motor mounts welded in today.
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Decided to reseal the motor before I put it in for the final time.
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Decided to reseal the motor before I put it in for the final time.
Good call, nothing like fixing a leak on a fresh rebuild.
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mounts look great!

you should ask a mod to move this thread to the project section.
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mounts look great!

you should ask a mod to move this thread to the project section.
Thanks I tried flipping the s10 conversion mounts but the height was all wrong.

How do I get a moderator to do that?
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