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What combination is best?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by crw432, Jan 12, 2003.

  1. crw432

    crw432 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    I have a 1983 Crew Cab, 2WD, Chassis Cab (narrow dual wheels), 164.5" w/b, I think. Also have an array of other trucks in the bone yard. My plan is to use a 1978 4WD, long w/b, reg cab. chassis and put my 3+3 cab on it. Has anyone out there done this swap, my concern is the clearance between the rear of the cab and the rear tires? If there is enough room to do this I plan on cutting the front of a short bed off to center the wheelwell over the tires, also will tub the inner fenders to make room for the duals. Other options: 1. to use a 2WD 3/4 reg cab lwd chassis, 2: shorten the original frame(?), 3. Buy a new Avalanche! (cause that is what I am trying to build) Any suggestions on using the 3+3 cab to make it a shorter wheelbase? Do not care if it 4WD cause I have plenty of them. Also correct me if I am wrong:
    SWB = 117.5, LWB = 131.5, 3+3 = 164.5 ?? Is that all they made?
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2003
  2. TrailK10

    TrailK10 Member
    from NH
    Messages: 74

    It seems to me like you should have enough room I know the doors on the crew cabs are a little bit smaller. on my truck which has an 8' box there is 38" betwwen the cab and the fender well hope this helps.
  3. fordman

    fordman Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    See if you can get a hold of Rob aka 75. He is a moderator on a few of the forums here at plowsite. He is doing a similar project with early 80's chevy's as well. You can even check out his project and pics of it at chucks chevy truck pages, here is a link to that site. I'm sure he could provide you with some info
  4. Joey D

    Joey D Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    I would use the crew frame and move the rear axle forward to make the wheelbase you want. I was looking at doing this to a truck my brother had. It would also be the easiest way.