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Check out some of these frequently asked questions regarding our S-10 Conversion Kit....
Q. Using your kit, how low will my truck sit?
A. Our 47-54 Chevy Kit and the 48-52 Ford kits will set 2 1/2" lower than stock height.
Q. Do I have to move the wood in the bed of my truck or change the floor?
A. With our kits we have designed them so that the wood in the bed doesn't have to be moved nor the floor pan be altered.
Q. What comes in the kit when I buy one?
A. The kit will come with all the mounting brackets for the cab, box, front sheet metal, running boards, bumper brackets front and rear, engine mounts, transmission mount, hardware and body mounting bushings.
Q. Why do I have to change my 2WD rear end to a 4WD rear end?
A. The 4WD rear end is 59 1/2" wide, 5" wider than the 2WD rear end. This allows the wheels and tires to sit in center of the fender and you do not need to cut your box in order to make room for the tire if a 2WD is used.
Q. What year of S-10 frame do I need and which one?
A. The S-10 Chevy or S-15 GMC 2WD frames work from 1982-2004. There were three wheel base models of the S-10/S-15:
- Standard cab short bed...............108.3
- Standard cab long bed................118.0
- Extended cab short bed...............122.9 (most people will call this one the 123.0)
The following kits take the following S-10/S-15 Frames:
- 47-54 Chevy Short Box takes a 118 (Standard Cab Long Bed)
- 48-52 Ford short bed is 114 wheel base (You will need to either shorten or lengthen a frame)
- 48-56 Dodge short bed is 108 (Standard cab short bed)
- 53-56 Ford short bed requires a 108 (Standard Cab Short Bed). You will flip the leaf springs front to back to make it a 110. This is due to the 2" offset.
Q. How wide of a rim can I run under my build?
A. On the 4WD rear end an 8" wide rim with standard backspacing (4") on most factory and aftermarket rims will clear the pick up box. Using a 10" wide rim in the rear, you will need to mini tub your pick up box. For the front, you can run a 7" rim or an 8" rim with standard backspacing (4"). The S-10 front is narrow, so you can run an 1 1/2" aluminum billet spacer to widen the stance of the wheels.
For our 53-56 Ford Short bed kit and our 55-59 Chevy Shortbed kit, you can purchase widened A-arms to get a wider stance in the front.
Q. How will I receive my conversion kit order?
A. We ship all conversion kits and accessories via UPS ground. The conversion kits are a total of 4 boxes (41-46 Chevy and 48-56 Dodge kits will have 5 boxes). Accessories will be packaged separately from the conversion kits.
Q. What engine mounts do you offer with a Code 504 S-10 Conversion Kit?
A. Choosing the correct engine mounts for your S-10 Conversion Kit is very important for the overall look and clearance of the engine sitting in the engine compartments. We offer small block Chevy engine mounts that sets the engine 4 ½” from the back side of the distributor to the cove in the firewall of the 1947-1954 Chevy Truck, using a mechanical fuel pump. The small block Chevy engine mounts make it very difficult to have clearance for the water pump to the radiator. We recommend using the electric fuel pump, either in-tank or on the frame rail, with our grand slam engine mounts that moves the engine towards the firewall. These engine mounts set the engine 1 ½” from the back side of the distributor to the cove in the firewall. By using the electric fuel pump, it gives more room between the water pump and radiator. We recommend a 6” water pump (Chevrolet Short Style water pump) versus the 7” long water pump. By using a 6” water pump you have more purchase options for variety of aftermarket brackets for the alternator, A/C, and steering which are designed for the short water pump versus the long water pump. We also offer brackets for the 4.3 v6 engines. By using these motor mounts, it will set the engine off the firewall 2” allowing for clearance of the lone OE (Original Equipment) water pump set up. We also offer engine mounts for LS engines. This moves the engine back towards the firewall to allow for clearance using the OE style serpentine systems.