Best way to turn my C-20 into a K-20?

Discussion in '1982-Present GM Diesel' started by arveetek, Dec 3, 2002.

  1. arveetek

    arveetek 1/2 ton status

    Mar 1, 2002
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    Granby, MIssouri, USA
    Hey guys!

    Since I sold my K-10, I'm now without a 4WD vehicle. I don't do any off-roading, but I need something with 4WD for winter time use and for muddy conditions. I pull a cargo trailer for my business, and sometimes I get into customer's yards and get stuck.

    What I would like to do is put IFS under the front of my '81. I know, I know, but I want a smooth riding vehicle. Since I'm not planning to do any off-roading, I thought the IFS would be the best of both worlds...good ride and 4WD.

    Another option is to put a straight axle under the front. I didn't like the ride that the straight axle had in my rode worse than my 3/4 ton!

    The third option is to get a rolling 4x4 chassis and swap cab and bed over. This would probably be the easiest.

    I don't want to trade trucks. I love my '81. I've got it set up just where I want it. It runs great, has a strong 700R4 in it, has all the goodies like rear air springs, keyless entry, aux. fuel tank, CD player, etc. etc. I don't want to have to swap out all that stuff.

    Has anyone tried to put IFS under an older truck?

    Thanks for the help ya'll.

  2. Batmanjr

    Batmanjr 1/2 ton status

    Mar 23, 2001
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    Copperas Cove, Texas
    Go rolling chasis, it is the easiest and most reliable... Plus, you can choose what axles you want!
  3. imiceman44

    imiceman44 1 ton status Premium Member

    Aug 5, 2002
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    Sacramento, CA
    I haven't done it but I did think about it.
    I am in the process of doing the design.
    I go off road a lot, and I wouldn't be building this for myself, but inventing and fabricating is in my blood, and I want to do this, maybe next summer I would have all the wrinkles worked out and start making it.
    It can be done with the late 80' early 90's components.
    You will need some welding and probably a donor truck, but it will be perfect for what you need.

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