GM Truck Club
Founded in 2004 ~ We're the #1 Chevy Truck & SUV Forum.
Silverado & Sierra | Tahoe & Yukon | Suburban & Yukon XL | SUV & CROSSOVER
Page 1 of 2 12 Last Post byLast Post by
Results 1 to 10 of 14
  1. #1

    Default 1970 chevy swb 2x4 wanting to find best year 4x4 chassis

    I want to buy a 4x4 rolling chassis to mount my cab and bed onto. Does anyone have an opinion on the best year to mate with this truck? I have access to a 1978.

  2. #2
    murdog94's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Cloquet, Minnesota, United States
    Blog Entries


    Welcome aboard, i dont have an answere but i am sure someone on here does.


    1997 Chevy S-10 Blazer 4X4 with 330K miles and counting (Hunting rig).

    2009 Saturn Aura XE (wifes car)

    2011 F-150 Crew 4X4

    "Hold it to the floor till you see God.... Then Brake!!!!"

  3. #3


    How mechanically inclined are you?
    If the 78 is a good running chassis it can make a good candidate.
    The most important issue is the wheel base, you need to take lots of measurements to line things up.
    Most projects like this start out with the decision to chop the frame to make everything fit, I dont think thats a good idea because it's real easy to get things so far out of whack you create an evil handling truck.
    After you measure your body and the donor frame you need to compare measurements to decide if it's feasable then look at body mount placement, odds are the body mounts arent just going to fit right together, it's going to take some fabrication to make things work right.
    Wiring should be about the easiest part of this project because both the body and frame are old enough not to require all the sensors and junk of newer vehicles.
    You can avoid some body fitment issues by going with a flat bed, this way if the body/bed is to long or to short you simply build you new bed to fit the length you need.
    This can be an awesum project but I doubt it's gonna be a simple bolt together affair, i think your gonna need to do lots of planning and fabbing.
    Good luck it should be neat when your done.

  4. #4
    Jr. Engineer
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Plainfield, Illinois


    Welcome to the club! Good luck with the project. Keep us posted on what you decide and how it progresses.
    Plainfield, Illinois
    2010 1500 Series Extended Cab LT Z71 4X4
    2011 Cruze LTZ
    2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT

  5. #5
    Master Mechanic
    lancer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Farmersville, Illinois, United States


    i'm not sure if this will help or not but we took a 1977 4x4 chassis and put a 1984 2 wheel drive silverado body on it. we didn't have to do anything different than kick the old rusty 77 body off and put the 84 body on the frame. no major cutting or welding or anything, they pretty much lined up hole for hole. i've got pictures of it in my album if you want to see a finished project...........but then my dumba** sold the truck...............

    2002 Tahoe LT---------TINTED WINDOWS------------7" DUAL DVD INDASH

  6. #6
    Eddie Z71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Blog Entries


    Hi, and welcome to the site!
    Eddie , 2000 Chevy Tahoe Z71 (old style)

  7. #7

    mfleetwood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Denver, CO
    Blog Entries


    Welcome and have fun w/your project!

    Mike (Denver, CO) - 2008 Sierra 1500 Z71 SLE 5.3L 4WD

    SUSPENSION: Rancho 4" Suspension Lift; Rancho RS9000XL Shocks; Rancho Skid Plates; Rancho MyRide Wireless Shock Controller;
    BFG All Terrain KO 315/70/17
    DRIVE TRAIN: 4.56 Gears; Detroit TrueTrac Differential; True Cool 40k Transmission Cooler
    PERFORMANCE: DiableSport Predator Tuner; Custom Tuned by Diablew; Magnaflow Exhaust; AFE Cold Air Intake
    ELECTRONICS: Kenwood DNX6180 Touchscreen; Subthump box w/10" Kicker; Driver Information Center (DIC); Rear View Camera
    ACCESSORIES: Westin Brush/Grill Gaurd; Westin Nerf Bars; Truxedo Tonneau; 20% Tint; Tow Mirrors w/Heat & Signals

  8. #8


    Thanks guys. All good advice. I think I will look for a 4x4 of the same year. A little more $ but lot less hassle. Thanks again

  9. #9


    Welcome to the GMTC!

    2010 Z/71 Colorado C/C
    Black 4X4 w/5.3L V8
    2007 Winnebago Adventurer
    w/8.1L Chevy & Allison 6spd.
    Canyon Lake, Texas

  10. #10
    Legend Bigbomber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010


    Welcome to the club!
    [/SIGPIC]2009 Chevy Silverado LT 1500 EXT CAB 4X4 Vortec 4.8L SFI,K&N air filter,Weathertech Floor Liners ,Weathertech Stone/Bug Deflector, Line X Spray On Bedliner, TruXport Rollup Tonneau Cover, Molded Mudguards, Viper 5701 LE 2 way Security Alarm/Remote Starter, Xm Satelite Radio,BILSTEIN 5100 rear shocks,BILSTEIN 5100 front levelling shocks,READYLIFT 2" rear lift blocks,Goodyear Wrangler Territorys -265/70R 17"

Page 1 of 2 12 Last Post byLast Post by

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 0
    Last: 12-04-2009, 03:00 PM
  2. Chevy Colorado Race Truck/Full Tubular Chassis V8 Chev
    By ChevyFan in forum Chevy Trucks For Sale eBay
    Replies: 0
    Last: 11-14-2009, 11:20 PM
  3. 134: Are you an idiot for wanting a Chevy Volt? - CNET News
    By ChevyFan in forum Chevy Volt Forum
    Replies: 0
    Last: 09-05-2009, 02:20 PM
  4. 1970 Chevy C/K six banger project
    By KidHauler in forum Chevy Trucks For Sale eBay
    Replies: 0
    Last: 08-18-2009, 12:02 PM
  5. 82 chevy wanting ideas/opinions for apperance
    By scrapeincali in forum Chevy C/K Truck Forum
    Replies: 0
    Last: 03-08-2009, 04:32 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts