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Axle Swap IH Scout to K5

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by wed68, May 26, 2005.

  1. wed68

    wed68 Registered Member

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    I have a hell of a deal on a 78 scout that is rusted pretty bad, will the front and rear axles swap out with my weak stock 10 bolts on my 84 K5? Is there a lot to it or is it straight forward?

    Thanks
    Bill
     
  2. sled_dog

    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    Scouts are narrower than a K5. It won't work out. Not to mention at least the front axle is spring UNDER not over like our rigs.
     
  3. wed68

    wed68 Registered Member

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    Thanks for the info I will pass on the deal!
     
  4. divorced

    divorced 3/4 ton status

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    I think the Scout has Dana 44's front and rear, about the same as a 10 bolt.
     
  5. REDCRO_REDNECK

    REDCRO_REDNECK 1/2 ton status

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    Good news, bad news.

    yes you can fit 10 bolts under a scout II just fine. getting them to work is the hard part.

    bad news
    (experience speaking)

    The 10b front will fit under the scout and bolt up if you reverse the pin in your spring pack (scout springs, makes it spring over axle). The distance between spring perch centers in not much.

    you will need crossover steering to get the GM axles to work in a scout!

    basically you are doing 2 major changes at one time. crossover steering and spring over axle. on my truck I got half way through with it and decided to just buy a new GM style frame instead of messing with the scout frame on my 1945 chevy.

    I payed 100 for a blazer frame with 4-6" lift kit on it already and used my 3/4 ton axles. much cheaper than using scout crap and cobble building.

    just use common sense in your build it can work it was just more money than I had at the time
     
  6. REDCRO_REDNECK

    REDCRO_REDNECK 1/2 ton status

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    They do but unless you have 2 in backspacing on your wheels 12.5 is about as wide as you can go and still not clear the springs!

     

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