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Old 06-29-2010, 06:19 AM   #1
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What do yall think?

Ok I picked up a 78 Long bed chevy lastnight. The floor is about gone but the rest of the cab is in top shape. Should I just replace the floor or swap on another cab?

If I swap on another cab what years can I use to keep my dash and everything out of this cab? Its in such good shape I would hate to see it not get used...
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Old 06-29-2010, 06:29 AM   #2
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Floor pans will be some work, but so would removing/replacing/rewiring the cab. If you have the tools/skills, I'd vote for replacing the pans.
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Old 06-29-2010, 06:31 AM   #3
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I dont know how to weld. But swaping the cab is just nuts and bolts. I dont know what to do...
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Old 06-29-2010, 06:40 AM   #4
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Well, that does change things a bit. You could make an offer of BBQ and to someone that can weld and see how that goes. Replacing the cab don't seem like a whole lot on the surface, but you've got to find one that is not also rusted out, and it will have to have a title. Then the color won't match, so there is even more work. Body mounts and bushings, lines and harnesses tend to not like being moved in vehicles that old either. Maybe I'm making too much of it, but I always look at the worst case scenario. I still vote for pans.
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Old 06-29-2010, 07:09 AM   #5
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Maybe you could just overlay the floor pans and use some sealant and bolt it together or rivets or screws. Guess what I'm saying is you don't have to weld it. It would be less work to fix the floors than change the cab. How are the body mounts?? How about some pictures of the rust?? Hard to give advice if you can't see the problem.
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Old 06-29-2010, 07:16 AM   #6
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Having taken my cab totally apart and looking to address any rust issues, I can say clearly that you just can't look at the floor pans and replace them. You must inspect everything around them. The floor pans are integrated into the raised hump to clear the fuel tanks, the rockers, the cab supports which house the mid section cab mounting bushings, door jams, and the firewall. If you don't get all the rust, ie: cancer, replacing the floor pans will just be a temporary fix.

Elcaminoman is correct. Having some pics can help us help you. Finding a donor cab can be had, but then you open yourself up to other cans of worms like the wiring harness, firewall components, gauge clusters, steering column, etc. You get the point. Plan this work accordingly, otherwise, you will undoubtedly spend more time and money on the project and just get frustrated in the end.
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:36 AM   #7
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Ok I will try to get pics tomarrow if I can find away to upload them. Its not just the pan im afriad. I can move the rocker on the driver side with my hand back and forth. the under of the rocker is almost completly gone. But from what I can see its just the driver side.

As far as the cab needing a title, cant I just reuse my dash with the vin on it and call it a day? I thought these trucks where like legos and all fit together?
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Old 06-29-2010, 10:31 AM   #8
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Ok I will try to get pics tomarrow if I can find away to upload them. Its not just the pan im afriad. I can move the rocker on the driver side with my hand back and forth. the under of the rocker is almost completly gone. But from what I can see its just the driver side.

As far as the cab needing a title, cant I just reuse my dash with the vin on it and call it a day? I thought these trucks where like legos and all fit together?
The dash on the Chevy K trucks is NOT a bolt in application. Yes there are two bolts on either side up front, but the back edge along the window frame is tack welded. To remove a dash you have to cut it out. Putting one back in would be interesting to say the least.

If your rockers are that bad, how is the door sills? How about the doors? Pics would definitely be a plus. You can go to www.photobucket.com and get a free account. It's limited, but it will do the job until you are like me with 10,000 pics and counting.
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Old 06-29-2010, 10:54 AM   #9
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i think you should ask yourself how long you plan on keeping the truck and what your intentions are for it in the long run. if you plan on keeping it forever and want it completly restored one day then find a new cab. this route will cost you thousands like manny and if you ever sell it you will lose most of it. if you plan on using it in the rocks or mud as a play toy one day just replace the pans, theyll keep the truck together for a long time and get the job done...
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Old 06-29-2010, 02:03 PM   #10
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I plan on keeping the truck for a long time. Also my kids ride in it. I dont understand why it will cost thousands to swap the cabs though. I have another cab already, But its a few years newer then the one I have now.
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:29 PM   #11
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because swaping the cabs is just the start, once its off youll find a bunch of other stuff you would like to improve on since your keeping, like paint, maybe some frame clean up. at least thats the way I get once i start a project.

I need to replace the wood bed in my 72, so ill need wood, take the bed off so probally replace all the body mounts and bushings, clean up the frame, stainless steel wood liners, paint the inside of the bed since its off and cleaned up and future plans are to paint the whole truck and address any UNKNOWN problem that i run into. all that to replace a $100 worth of 1x4's.

but if you want to just swap them over and already have the other cab without replace anything else why are you asking opinions? get your lazy ***** outside and get to work!
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Ok I will try to get pics tomarrow if I can find away to upload them. Its not just the pan im afriad. I can move the rocker on the driver side with my hand back and forth. the under of the rocker is almost completly gone. But from what I can see its just the driver side.

As far as the cab needing a title, cant I just reuse my dash with the vin on it and call it a day? I thought these trucks where like legos and all fit together?
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