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Old 06-07-2018, 12:14 AM   #1
Blazedup
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56 big window build questions

Hey guys. Iím working on a 1956 big window short bed that I got from my dad just before he passed 10 years ago. He purchased this truck in 1959 and it was his pride and joy and daily driver until it was given to me. When I first got the truck I installed a 76 Camaro subframe and never got the truck put back together . Long story short, Iím now determined to get her back on the road. I recently picked up a 2001 2wd Tahoe with a 5.3l and would like to swap the engine and tranny in the 56 and add airbags. Which parts from the Tahoe should I pull for use on the 56 before I part out the rest of the Tahoe? Will the GM f body swap pan be the best for the sub framed 56? Headers? Do the spring pockets on the Camaro clip need to be opened up for 2500 or 2600 airbags? Sorry for all of the questions, just want to make sure I build it right since it will continue to be in my family for generations to come. Any tips and advice will be much appreciated. Thanks
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Old 06-07-2018, 06:40 PM   #2
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Re: 56 big window build questions

the oil pan from the truck will likely "fit" into the Camaro clip, but you will find the sump may be too deep, especially since you want to bag it. you can keep the intake from the truck since it will fit under the hood. Keep the coolers. Of course, keep the complete harness, gas petal, tac petal, etc. The front calipers can be adapted if you want an inexpensive big brake kit. I used mid length headers on my 55 LS truck as well as my 69 Camaro. If you aren't looking for every last HP available, mid length headers are great for fit and ground clearance. I can't help you with the bag questions. good luck
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Old 06-16-2018, 05:33 PM   #3
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Re: 56 big window build questions

Thanks for the info. I ordered the GM fbody oil pan for the additional clearance. The Tahoe front calipers for a inexpensive big brake kit sounds like a great idea. I did some searching for info on adapting the to the Camaro sub frame but didn’t find anything. How is that done?
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Old 06-16-2018, 07:46 PM   #4
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Re: 56 big window build questions

Try speaking to CLassic Performance Parts (CPP) and Kore3 about adapter bracket and the appropriate rotor. CPP's big brake kit uses tahoe calipers
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