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Old 05-21-2017, 06:28 AM   #16
 
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I have dome the frame swap already . 74 c10 on a Camaro sub frame with square tube back half PITA and still is today.



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My 84 C20's suspension isn't in bad shape, but not in the best either. I know the ball joints are a bit tired and probably the shocks too but it rides real nice. I'd say if you're looking for ride comfort, you've got some worn out suspension parts. I doubt you need to do any upgrading to the suspension, just replace what's bad. Upper and lower bushings and ball joints, shocks and any steering linkage. Squares just don't ride bad at all unless you've got a shortbed, then I can see it's a bit possible to have a stiff quick bounce on dips and such. But, that's the price those pay to have half a truck. I can't beleive people pay extra for less truck.


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Yeah, you're right. And ehh, minus the 540/572. I think the C10 on a '91-'96 9C1 Caprice frame is an interesting idea, but someone would need to blaze that trail first. Regardless of practicality, I think talk of any frame swap is an interesting topic. Even then, a lot of good stuff's been discussed.
I agree. Several years ago there was a guy in the Plano/Allen, TX area who put a 56 Chevy sedan on a 90s Caprice chassis. Unfortunately, the car had a rusty body that some guys think is cool. And I don't mean just patina.


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Squares just don't ride bad at all unless you've got a shortbed, then I can see it's a bit possible to have a stiff quick bounce on dips and such. But, that's the price those pay to have half a truck.
Absolutely true. My old 69 longbed C10 (that my son now owns) rides a lot nicer than my 82 C10 short bed. Some of that is probably due to the 69's rear trailing arm & coil spring suspension.

It is strange that short beds are worth more, but I do like the tighter turning radius, and the 6.5 ft bed is perfect for how I use the truck. Also, it fits into my garage! My 69 long bed would barely fit, but the only way a 73-87 long bed with 211" overall length would fit is with the front bumper up against the wall. Not the best setup for doing engine work! (And that 211" does not include a rear bumper.)


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