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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-01-2003, 07:01 PM
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cheaper to swap frame or axle

my brother was just givin a 89 blazer and wants a straight axle and v8.what would be cheaper 2 swap it onto a k5 frame or swap in some new axles.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-01-2003, 10:18 PM
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Re: cheaper to swap frame or axle

That depends on you and your bro. If you can find a K5 frame cheaper than a narrow axle and a bunch of metal, and you have torches, welders... you know. It depends what things go for in your region, if you have V8s laying around or if you can get a junkyard 350 that holds compression... Then with different axles, different rims may be needed because of bolt patterns and there is the issue of getting the front axle strait when you mount it to the S10 frame, and all that good stuff. Hope this helps, I might just be blabbing.
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 06-01-2003, 11:49 PM
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Re: cheaper to swap frame or axle

Each one is going to pose its own challenge. both will require some fab skills, both are gonna cost some bucks. take you pick, you can find information on both here:
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 06-02-2003, 12:05 AM
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Re: cheaper to swap frame or axle

well he has about 2500 bucks to spend on the swap.he said he wants the axles to get done first.Around here you can get whole k5 in decent shape for 400-1000.The local tradin post has 4 that are in that range.bodys are shot but that dont matter.he also wants it to be longer than a stock 2 door s-10,like wit the rear axle moved back say 6 or 7 inchs and hack out the bottom rear half of sheetmetal be hind the wheelwell.Both of our skills are average but we do have a uncle who is welder,fab guy at a local shop.i have access 2 a machine shop also if its needed.
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