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BBC in a first gen 2wd truck

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by imiceman44, Dec 15, 2004.

  1. imiceman44

    imiceman44 1 ton status

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    Hey Guys
    I just got thru reading so many posts from searches I did and still didn't find an answer so if it's out there I apologize for wasting your time and if you can direct me to a link you know is there please feel free.

    I am looking at puting a BBC in a 68 2wd truck.
    I have a donor 76 truck and I was wondering if the crossmember would transplant from the 76 to the 68 and make the engine mounts easier to deal with.
    What other ways do you know that could be done.
    I know there must have been an option in the 67-72 trucks for a BBC but those engine mounts and crossmembers are rare and too prohibitive, so I am looking at a reasonable solution.
    Any input would be highly appreciated.
    By the way I already am using the 76 spindles to get the disc brakes but it would be nice if I end up using the whole crossmember and A arms as well.
     
  2. Burt4x4

    Burt4x4 3/4 ton status

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    Hey Ice, duno about your PickUp but I put a 73+ SBC crossmember & engine plates in my 72 K5. It is a super tight fit but I did get it in there. Here is the aritcal that I got the info from.

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    or go here http://67-72chevytrucks.com/
    Alot of Pickup owners there...

    Good Luck
    Burt
     
  3. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    For what its worth , in 1994 I pulled the 402 ( 30 over 396 ) that was stock in my friends 71 , and replaced it with a 350 without changing frame mounts . I would assume the BBC would just drop on in vice versa , its just been years since I worked on one :k5: :k5:
     
  4. grendel

    grendel 1/2 ton status

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    Yep.

    Got a 468BBC in my 70 C30.

    Was originally a SBC truck.

    Used the stock mounts and frame horns.

    Then used a set of BBC 71 Camaro headers.

    Search over on 67-72chevytrucks.com.

    Otherwise, yes the complete crossmember, suspension and all you have in my yard will fit. You'll want to swap out the springs though. Those will rattle your teeth out.
     
  5. grendel

    grendel 1/2 ton status

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    BTW, Burt, 2wd is FAR easier than 4wd...
     
  6. Burt4x4

    Burt4x4 3/4 ton status

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    I have never worked on a 2x4 beeFer:D
    Thanks for the info:xmas:
     
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    I put the full front suspension (complete engine cradle, a arms, everything) from a 74 burb (1/2 ton, 454) in a 68 pickup.
    Everything swapped perfectly.
    It gave me 5 lug, disc brakes, factory spring rates for the 454.
     
  8. imiceman44

    imiceman44 1 ton status

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    Well it so happens I have such a setup ready so I guess it makes sense to do it.
     
  9. grendel

    grendel 1/2 ton status

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    These were the days. Miss you man :thumb:
     
  10. renpens

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    I specialize in 67-72 trucks. Yes, 73 up complete front saddle will transfer over without difficulty. Almost a direct fit. As for the big block into a frame that was a small block, it requires BB engine towers. 67-71 BB towers are the same but very rare. 72 BB towers are all by themselves. 72 only. Also hard and expensive to find. They fetch around $250.
     
  11. bigjbear

    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Aww man, I thought Ice was back.
     

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