Join Date: Aug 2016
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Trade Frame help/advices
Hi Everyone, I have a '97 S10 4WD, 4.3 auto that I love driving, but the frame is getting pretty thin. I have a chance to get a '99 4.3 4WD manual (bonus points) that won't run and I'm considering swapping frames/transmissions. So let me detail the '99. Current owner said he bought it used, drove it for 6K miles when it suddenly would start and die. Then it was just cranking. Said he put in new plugs, wires, coil, crank sensor and fuel pump. Said the new fuel pump turned on once then just died, won't turn on again. So here's the worrying part - R title due to flood in WVa.. He said it has the '99 cab but motor and rear end replaced, '02 frame from down south (pics of frame look really good), '01 bed and '98 blazer interior. All this before he bought it. So my questions:
1) What might I be looking at just to get this flood truck running? I'm concerned electrical issue due to you know.. flooding... If new motor, it must have been pretty well submerged. Can I swap out my computer/wiring into the '99? How hard/expensive to run a whole new wiring harness? The body actually looks pretty good, cab supports all good, rockers, etc.
2) Will the frame work under my '97? What about changing the auto in my '97 for the manual in the '99? Will I need a different computer set up for the manual?
He's firm at 500 for the '99.
I'm pretty good at wrenching on things, but have never done a swap like this before, so I thought I'd ask before I spent all the $$ and time and ran into something I really can't handle in a home garage. Average tools, no lift or anything extra.
I'm sure I've missed some questions, but please feel free to in add anything you think might help.
So run screaming or go for the swap? Thanks in advance.