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I had a really nice 1988 chevy truck that was totaled in February. At the time of the crash it only had 87,000 miles on it. It may sound crazy but I really want to put it back together.
I need a frame. Its a regular cab with a long bed. My question is: Am I limited to getting a frame from a similar year regular cab long bed truck or will the frame from a Suburban or a extend cab with short bed frame also be the same? I seem to be seeing more of the Suburbans and extend cab trucks around and exoect to see more in salvage yards too.
Thanks in advance. I want to find out before I start looking so I won't be misled by anyone who thinks they can make a buck off me.
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I'm not that familiar with the Chevys but I can tell you on Fords the box mounts and cab mounts are in different locations between regular and extended cabs. I would also think the Suburban would be a completely different animal. If your current regular cab frame is straight and doesn't go in/out or up/down behind the cab then there may be a chance an extended cab frame may work. If it changes at all behind the cab then I'd bet you're stuck finding another regular cab frame. At the bare minimum you'd likely have to drill holes or weld/transfer cab/box mounts or brackets from one frame to the other.
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Is the the newer style 88? That style was used from 1988 to 1998 (1999.5 somewhere really )
Is it 2wd or 4 wd?
My thoughts would be if the truck is worth making a project out of I would defiantly find a southern frame and go that route. Somehow I think the Subs might be different but the ext trucks weren't. They are different 2 to 4 wd regardless.
I'm planning to do about the same thing with my 94 gmc. There are lots of southern trucks (cheap ) with poor sheet metal an interiors but great frames and associated parts
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