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    1953 Chevy truck conversion to a 4x4 frame?

    So I got ahold of a 1953 chevy pickup and want to make it a 4x4. I have seen them before and they look great. What kind of doner vehicle do I need in order to swap the truck body over too in order to make this a reality. I was thinking a K-5 maybe? I dont know.
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    Measure the wheelbase of the '53, and then find a 4x4 that's the same or close.

    It won't be a simple swap to do it right...

    Is it a Custom Cab model?

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    It is a 3100 series three back windows. Great body needs engine and tranny anyway so I figured I could put it onto a 4x4 frame W/ a drivetrain already.

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    I'd love to find a Custom Cab (has the corner windows on the back), chop it 4" or so and drop a V8 into it.

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    A friend of mine did a 58 with a Blazer chasis, did have to lengthen it about 6"
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    I'm sure there's some guys on here http://www.67-72chevytrucks.com/vboa...splay.php?f=13 that have done the same thing.
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    Blazer frame is a good starting point for almost any cab conversion. There was a Willys Wagon on a blazer frame on craigslist it was baddass

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    Depending on wheelbase I would say a K5(or OJ bronco), a reg cab truck long or short bed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clemsonkrawler View Post
    Depending on wheelbase I would say a K5(or OJ bronco), a reg cab truck long or short bed.

    Possibly even a Jeep Commando

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    Quote Originally Posted by dezrik View Post
    Possibly even a Jeep Commando
    I would say to use a good ol Waggy before a commando. They didnt have the strongest frames and are getting pretty hard to find, read: $$$.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    I'd love to find a Custom Cab (has the corner windows on the back), chop it 4" or so and drop a V8 into it.
    Yeah thats the one. It has the two corner windows and a middle one as well.

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    There are a couple of groups online that are into NAPCO four wheel drive...old school conversions from a company in Minnesota. They actually bolted on to Chevrolets, GMCs, Fords, and Studebaker trucks of your vintage and newer. I have a 57 Chevy 1/2 ton project that I'm building using that set up. Google NAPCO and you'll find some interesting options. That said, Blazer runnning gear will work as well. Good Luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lajones View Post
    There are a couple of groups online that are into NAPCO four wheel drive...old school conversions from a company in Minnesota. They actually bolted on to Chevrolets, GMCs, Fords, and Studebaker trucks of your vintage and newer. I have a 57 Chevy 1/2 ton project that I'm building using that set up. Google NAPCO and you'll find some interesting options. That said, Blazer runnning gear will work as well. Good Luck.

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    Those napco trucks look awsome. Do you know if anyone is still making a kit for the conversions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clemsonkrawler View Post
    They didnt have the strongest frames and are getting pretty hard to find, read: $$$.
    I dunno, the C104 frame is fully boxed..

    Ill have one left over from my postal project in a couple months, anybody wants it PM me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rescue6 View Post
    Those napco trucks look awsome. Do you know if anyone is still making a kit for the conversions?
    the napco stuff is pretty much obsolete by today's standards, and has gotten to be fairly collectable. i would use late model stuff. i think that the front transfer case output on the napco stuff rotates the opposite direction as everything else, but not positive on that.

    check out this promo viddy of a couple of napco chevys doing pikes peak...the hard way, this would never fly today!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-4A5pFbuLU

    it would be just as easy to swap over suspension and drivetrain from a late model truck over to the 53 frame vs. a complete frame swap. that way you wouldn't have to mess with the old crusty body mounts, etc.

    i once did a 50 chevy on a s-10 4x4 frame, built to be low, only a couple of inches of ground clearance, wasn't built to wheel, but be a low 4x4 custom winter beater.
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    Yeah I had seen a whole lot of S10 frame swaps for the low rider crowd. I want a 4x4 W/ a mild lift anf like 33" Solid axles. You know so it doesnt look so out of place under that old body.

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    Start off with a 1/2 or 3/4 ton short or long bed. You are either going to have to leanghten or shorten it, or chop the bed or some such modification. I would have to check on the 53s, but I think the frames are going to be the same width as the 73-87 stuff.

    If I were doing it and wanted a longer bed, I would start with a long bed chasis, and then shorten it. One thing to consider is putting a late model short bed stepside on it. I know that looks good on the 67-72 chevy trucks. I don't know how it would look with your 53. Another good loook if you do the late model SS bed is to put a corvette roll pan on it. It is almost a direct bolt on, and looks good.

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    Yes, the NAPCO stuff is getting rare, but if you find the right kit, it bolts on. One of the sites I mentioned has running gear for a 54 for sale.

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    There was a NAPCO kit on Craigslist about 6 months ago

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    One of my students has a '57 chevy truck on a '70's blazer frame, I've never looked that close to see if the frame has been modified or not.

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