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    1973 CHEVY SHORT BED STEP SIDE automatic / frame swap

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    gunnit

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    1973 CHEVY SHORT BED STEP SIDE automatic / frame swap

    Post  gunnit on Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:05 am



    I have a question: I have a 1973 Chevy short bed 1/2 ton truck. I ran over a pothole in the rain and came up with a bent frame and a crack on the steering wheel box where it bolds up to frame. I now need to replace the frame and learned that the Chevy/GMC 1973-1987 frame is same style. But I don't want the same type of frame if it bends that easily. Is there a newer frame which would swap onto the '73 Chevy body? I would like to roll on a better/safer chassis/power brakes, steering and a better suspension setup to boot. Can you please help me out with information on what newer frame car/truck/suv or other truck would swap to my '73 Chevy body?

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Thank You,

    Hector



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    58 ford

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    Re: 1973 CHEVY SHORT BED STEP SIDE automatic / frame swap

    Post  58 ford on Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:58 pm

    HI Hector
    The only frame that will fit that truck is 73 to 87.
    If it were me i would stick to 73 to 79 frames i have had a few of these trucks and i found those years heavier!
    I think what happened to you was a fluke , And i would not condem all frames in those years.
    Good luck
    Andrew


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    Re: 1973 CHEVY SHORT BED STEP SIDE automatic / frame swap

    Post  gunnit on Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:48 am

    58 ford wrote:HI Hector
    The only frame that will fit that truck is 73 to 87.
    If it were me i would stick to 73 to 79 frames i have had a few of these trucks and i found those years heavier!
    I think what happened to you was a fluke , And i would not condem all frames in those years.
    Good luck
    Andrew
    Thank you,Andrew this is good information. I have been looking for a frame for a long time. I was just about to give up on the whole thing, but now I think I'll keep on looking for a frame. I like my 73' chevy truck. I'll try to post some picture as soon as I get a frame and start the frame swap on it.
    Thanks again,

    Hector

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