Kit Cars On 4wd 2001 S10 Chassis

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    danbrennan Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    The body and bed on my 4wd 2001(actually a GMC Sonoma) are getting pretty rusted out. Some of the fiberglass kit cars I see advertise as being able to be placed on an S10 chassis, but they usually always say not 4wd, only 2wd. Just curious if anyone know what it is about the 4wd chassis that makes them incompatible with the kit cars. I was speculating it was the transfer case(bump in floor?) or maybe the torsion bar front suspension(interferes with the rockers?) but I'm just guessing.
     
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    I had that Willys site bookmarked from a few months ago, I love that look. But I think somewhere on that site it said 2wd only.

    I didn't realize the wheel offset were different. I figured I could always lower it, I think those Belltech lower kits have been around for a few years. But I thought there may be something else that interfered with a fiberglass body as designed.
     
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    I have put cabs and beds from 2Wd S10s on 4X4 chassis in the past and it was a bolt on. The transfer case might be an issue with the kit car, but the torsion bars are below the frame rails so they won't interfere.
     
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    That's interesting, that the cabs and beds were bolt on swaps between 2wd and 4wd. That Willys kit would be cool.
     
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    Saw this in a salvage yard lately. It would be MUCH better to do something with a steel body. There would be some creative bracketry created by you to make it work, but it would end up to be very cool looking and not weird like some kit cars.
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    I've thought about a steel body, but I live on a dirt road, and on the paved roads Michigan believes in burying the snow in salt, not just melting it. My '75 Corvette's body has held up so much better than the steel bodies on my Camaros. But yes, a '30s\'40s\'50s pickup truck body would look very cool.
     
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    I emailed Superior Glass Works about their 1937 bodies on s10 chassis vis-a-vis 2wd vs 4wd( http://www.superiorglassworks.com/S10-Donor-Chassis.html ), here's their answer,

    Daniel - Thank you for your email and interest in our '37 Chevy S10 body
    kit. You are correct that the wheel offset and overall hub-to-hub width
    does not lend itself to these body dimensions. I have, however, had a
    customer install one of our Sedan Delivery bodies on a 4WD S10 frame and he
    seemed to think it went on quite easily. Knowing that most of these '37s
    are to be built as street rods, I haven't tried to do this install myself so
    I don't know what other issues there may be.

    If need additional information, please let me know.

    Thank you,
     

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