Hello everyone. I am buying a 1970 <nobr>chevy</nobr> stepside <nobr>4x4</nobr>, and want to restore it, hot rod it up a bit. It needs rockers and floors, and I am hoping to teach myself to weld on this rig. Other than huge ugly tow <nobr>truck</nobr> bumpers (why?) and a fisher plow, this truck is all original. It has a straight six 292, and a four speed. I'd like to buy a 73-87 K20 and swap in a better xfer case (what is good? I am not familiar with GM xfer cases), 3/4 axles (Dana 44 front and 14 bolt rear?) and a 454. Do these <nobr>trucks</nobr> interchange at all with the 73-87s? The springs look smaller to me, I am wondering if the springs and axles from the newer trucks will fit, with or without modifications. I also want to swap in a TH400, and column shift, any ideas there? Thanks for your help, I've got my work cut out for me.
if the springs are longer no problem then, it would just make the truck higher in height or vise versa, and the rest is up in the air, because i dont know my self either because that is one of my post.
Thanks for the info. I heard on another board that 3/4 ton rears are different, but 1 ton parts will fit. The only difference should be shock mounts. I could live with one ton axles, as long as I can use the master cylinder, proportioning valve, etc. from the donor truck. Supposedly, 1980 to 1990 K30s will work. Hopefully I can find something all rotted out cheap.. Thanks!
Awsome truck I am doing the samething with my 1985 stepside. I replaced the whole floor without welding but I will need to weld the rockers in a couple of places. I would not recomend learning to weld on your car. I am a welder by trade and MIG welding is as easy as it gets but there is much more to it then spotwelding. Either take it to a body shop with pre-fab peices cut out just so they have to weld it in or find someone to teach you. OR the best thing would to do is take a college class at a community class and get certified in bodywork they will usally teach you how to weld basic sheet metal. Remember- Short Circuit- LOW VOLTAGE! GOod luck man