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Crew cab on suburban frame?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by ddawg, Apr 23, 2002.

  1. ddawg

    ddawg Registered Member

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    I want to switch from my '76 cherokee to a '73-'87 truck. I have a family of 5 and we like to go camping. With a crew cab I can get a cabover camper and stop sleeping on the ground plus tow a trailer and fit the family. I want a 4x4 as I live in Idaho and we go "off the beaten path" when in the wilderness. I can't find a 4x4 crew cab under $10,000 so thought I might put the body of a two wheeler on the frame of a suburban 4x4. Is this a crazy or otherwise impossible thought or is there a better route. Any help would be great.
     
  2. ChevBlazin

    ChevBlazin 1/2 ton status

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    Are they same length? A friend I used to work with converted a 2wd crew cab to 4x4. that might be cheaper.
     
  3. mountainexplorer

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    I was on the verge of converting a '78 2wd Crew Cab to a 4wd, then I found an '81 1 ton 4x4 CC for $2800 (talked down from $3500). They're out there, just not as common. I'm sure a 2wd could be converted. I had all the plans at one time and still have all the parts somewhere (brackets, crossmembers, mounts, etc...).
     
  4. René

    René 1/2 ton status

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    You can install the crew cab body on the suburban frame without problems. But the wheelbase is however much shorter (129.5 to 168.5 in.) and that’s even too few for a Shortbed.
     
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    Hey DDawg, im up in moscow, where you at? Im building a k5 from the frame up, and in the process stripping the burb, it has an excellent frame, and a 40 gallon gas tank if you need one.
     
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    sounds like the makings of an awesome wheeler if the rear doors on the crew cab clear the wheelwells of the suburban chassis. You could throw on a 4' flatbed, exocage the whole thing, lift it 6" and hack the fenders, add 42" swampers, and a big block. My kinda truck...
     

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