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Body swap question...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by grimjaw, Nov 17, 2006.

  1. grimjaw

    grimjaw 1/2 ton status

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    Is there any real difference between 2wd and 4wd bodies and beds? I am thinking of buying a clean 1985 1/2 ton 2wd longbed truck and moving the body and bed to the 1986 K30 I have. I just want to make sure, this time, I will have no surprises with this.

    Thanks for your input.
     
  2. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Beds should be identical.

    The kicker in the cab is the tranny hump... 4WD's, IIRC, are larger/taller.

    I gather you'll hafta either massage the 2WD hump with a BFH, or use a body lift, plus of course cut the hole for the transfer case shifter.

    I *think* the humps in those years are either integral or at least spot-welded in place, as opposed to the older ones which are bolted in.

    You could cut out the 4WD hump and graft it into the 2WD cab. :dunno:

    -- A
     
  3. Muddytazz

    Muddytazz 1 ton status

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    Dremu is correct, only difference is the tranny hump
     
  4. u2slow

    u2slow 1/2 ton status

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    A 2wd will have the high-hump it it was a 4spd truck. Some 2wd autos got a high-hump also, but that may only have been late crewcabs. Not sure if any std. cabs got that treatment.
     
  5. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    i just did this. on a 87 cab to 79 k30. 2" body was about perfect.
     
  6. Confedneck79K30

    Confedneck79K30 3/4 ton status

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    im putting an 86 cab onto my 79 and its already on a 77 chassis, 4wd to 4wd would be easiest, but the only problem you may have is the rear cab mounts and a trans hump
     

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