s10 chassis swap

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  • December 13, 2011 08:58 AM - 6505 Views
    detoro has anyone out there done s10 chassis swap on a 30/s coupe? got my 39 sitting on top of a 83 s10 frame i have shortened the frame installed a wider rear everything was looking good until i bolted up the front clip no room for a radiator steering box is right in the way for a decent size radiator has anyone run across this problem? another question i like this car to sit low should i use 2'' drop spindles + 2'' drop coil springs in the front + lowering blocks in the rear?

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  • johns56 Info - phoenix, Arizona
    December 13, 2011 10:23 AM

    there are 2 diffwerent s10 frames. the 4 wheel drive is the best one for conversion. the front end dif can be taken off and the frame dosent have any cross members that get in the way. i believe the steering box is different also to accomadate the 4wd. you mightwant to check it out.

  • blade58 Rides Info - apopka, Florida
    December 13, 2011 10:54 AM

    I worked on a lot of S-10 ,there is Dropped spindles,Lowering coil springs and Lowering "A" arms all combined you could lower it 5.5"-6" ,even installed Hydros and bags there is a lot of stuff out there for S-10s/S15s

  • blade58 Rides Info - apopka, Florida
    December 13, 2011 11:21 AM

    I worked on this one stock floor body drop,on air bags and the airbrusng

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  • detoro Rides Info - phoenix, New York
    December 13, 2011 11:22 AM

    Blade i guess start with 2'' drop spindles and see how it sits

  • cm4kars Rides Info - sassafras, Kentucky
    December 13, 2011 12:03 PM

    what kind of 30s coupe, hope it is a big car , for a Ford build a fram 2x4 box tubing and a stright axel,Just my 2 cents

  • detoro Rides Info - phoenix, New York
    December 13, 2011 12:21 PM

    39 olds coupe  i really don/t want to cut up the front end

  • lofat46 Rides Info - bloomingdale, Illinois
    December 13, 2011 12:41 PM

    Is it possible to fab up some brackets to put a rack and pinion in it?  Someone may even make the brackets for that conversion. 

  • lofat46 Rides Info - bloomingdale, Illinois
    December 13, 2011 02:18 PM
  • DavyJ Rides Info - niagara falls, Canada
    December 13, 2011 06:53 PM

    Our 38 Chev has a 82 Cutlass clip, it is basically the same as an S10. I took the horse shoe rad support and narrowed it at the bottom to clear the steering box, I ended up shortening the rad by 2" not enough to affect how it cools. If you wish to make a short drive, you are welcome to come for a look at it. Since I only used the clip i set the car low when we attached it, so I did not have to worry about the spindles.

  • blade58 Rides Info - apopka, Florida
    December 14, 2011 09:26 AM

    DavyJ i think the the Gran Prix, Cutlass ,Monte Carlo and Malibu of the 80's are the same as S-10s suspension components, a salvage yard cross referance book can verify that, Deltoro you can eliminate the gear box and and ad a power rack, i measured a power rack from a 2004 Silverrado and its close to a MII rack ,the mounting  holes are 1/2" off but the Rack is Beefer, I checked on the Silverrado only because when i got my truck i did not know if getting a MII rack was going to be a challenge, at the Time the loacal Parts house here were out and had no clue when they would get one, then through here i found out where i could get one.

  • detoro Rides Info - phoenix, New York
    December 14, 2011 09:37 AM

    thanks guys i never thought of going with a rack that would give me the room i need i will be looking over the silverado rack

  • maniac Rides Info - bethel, Connecticut
    December 16, 2011 12:21 PM

    My buddy has a 37 Ford on an S-10 frame, only modified the cross member to fit the radiator, used the stock power steering box that came with the S-10 frame, had to use an electric fan as there was no room for an engine driven one, runs a small block Chevy with a 6-71 blower, and a/c, has never had any cooling issues with it, he gave the local radiator shop the dimensions for the radiator and they buit it to his specs.

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