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Old 10-18-2017, 01:38 AM   #1
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Front end Swap

Hi All,

I want to convert to disc brakes and install drop spindles. I have a C20 (8 Lug). I was told the best and cheapest way to get this done is to install the front end off of a 73 -87 chevy truck as it will have disc brakes. I found this close by me on craigslist but its from a GMC - does anyone know if this will bolt right up like I've heard it should?

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https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lg...347904242.html
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Old 10-18-2017, 07:19 AM   #2
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They should be the same.
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Old 10-18-2017, 09:27 AM   #3
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Hi All,

I want to convert to disc brakes and install drop spindles. I have a C20 (8 Lug). I was told the best and cheapest way to get this done is to install the front end off of a 73 -87 chevy truck as it will have disc brakes. I found this close by me on craigslist but its from a GMC - does anyone know if this will bolt right up like I've heard it should?

Thanks!

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lg...347904242.html
$300 is a bit high. I've bought both a 3/4 ton and a 1/2 ton complete front crossmember and all.
I paid $50 for the 3/4 ton and $100 for the 1/2 ton.
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Old 10-18-2017, 09:45 AM   #4
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$300 and a bunch of rust? Pass.
Go look at a couple of wrecking yards and find a good donor. Then make the deal.
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Old 10-18-2017, 11:03 AM   #5
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$300 and a bunch of rust? Pass.
Go look at a couple of wrecking yards and find a good donor. Then make the deal.
I agree.
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Just did this not too long ago on my 62 c20. Had to drill a couple new holes and elongate a couple more, but pretty straightforward. I managed to pick up the complete setup with power steering box for $200 and thought I got a pretty decent deal.
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Something to help you along. http://www.67-72chevytrucks.com/vboa...d.php?t=357610 Offer him $100 and see where that goes. It will probably need to be rebuilt anyway.
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Something to help you along. http://www.67-72chevytrucks.com/vboa...d.php?t=357610 Offer him $100 and see where that goes. It will probably need to be rebuilt anyway.
Glad you posted that...I've been wondering how to go about locating my idler arm and now I know!

Side note...just got back from visiting San Francisco last week, what a great city!
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Glad you posted that...I've been wondering how to go about locating my idler arm and now I know!

Side note...just got back from visiting San Francisco last week, what a great city!
Nice place to visit. Car break ins are terrible. A lot more of it sucks too. Used to be a really great city now kind of sucks to live here.
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Thanks for the responses, everyone. Can I use my stick power steering components if I do this swap or do I have to change that out too?
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Old 10-19-2017, 02:21 AM   #11
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Something to help you along. http://www.67-72chevytrucks.com/vboa...d.php?t=357610 Offer him $100 and see where that goes. It will probably need to be rebuilt anyway.
He went down to $200. I told him I have a tailgate in good shape that he is willing to take and make the price a little cheaper. He really wants all of my all original AC parts...but I'm not willing to part with them.
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