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    Thread: 1973-1987 Chevy Silverado Cabs

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      07-10-2012 02:21 PM #1
      Anyone know a good place/method to find a 1973 to 1987 Chevy truck cab? I have a 1986 Silverado short bed, motor is rebuilt, frame is great, bed is great, cab is f*ed (corners, rockers and firewall badly rusted). Would like to keep the truck for many years to come but thinking that cab swap may be my only hope. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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      07-16-2012 01:52 AM #2
      parts section of craigslist. I don't know about up there but around here these old chevys are everywhere. People always seem to be parting them out, especially the 2wd long bed ones because they're not worth much once the motor goes. If you can't find a 4wd cab you can make a 2wd cab work.

      Cab corners and rockers can be replaced though, never seen one with a rusted firewall.
      Also try fullsizechevy.com its a full size chevy forum.
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      07-18-2012 11:13 AM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by stolenface View Post
      parts section of craigslist. I don't know about up there but around here these old chevys are everywhere. People always seem to be parting them out, especially the 2wd long bed ones because they're not worth much once the motor goes. If you can't find a 4wd cab you can make a 2wd cab work.

      Cab corners and rockers can be replaced though, never seen one with a rusted firewall.
      Also try fullsizechevy.com its a full size chevy forum.

      Thanks dude. I have been trying that. Just been picking random southern cities on craigslist and seeing what I come up with. Those trucks don't last as long up here, winters are brutal on them, so there aren't a lot around. I've heard you southern boys are crazy about them though. Somehow the corners right below the windshield rusted out along the way, thats letting water in behind the cowl which is why the firewall is rusting. Kinda a unique condition from what I've seen. Anyway I appreciate the advice though, thanks!

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      07-29-2012 04:09 PM #4
      They are a dime a dozen out here on the west coast. You may have to pony up for a parts truck just for the cab as mentioned. Look into the US Government auctions sites for a trashed CUCV M1008 near you. The haggard ones can be had cheap plus you end up with a 14 bolt FF rear and a D60........
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      07-30-2012 03:35 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by mikes96GTI View Post
      They are a dime a dozen out here on the west coast. You may have to pony up for a parts truck just for the cab as mentioned. Look into the US Government auctions sites for a trashed CUCV M1008 near you. The haggard ones can be had cheap plus you end up with a 14 bolt FF rear and a D60........
      WOW! Awesome advice dude. Not gonna lie, I had no idea what the CUCV M1008 meant, but I googled it. That would be great option, considering all the extra goodies like you mentioned. Now to find one... Thanks again.

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      07-30-2012 11:35 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by aschaeffer View Post
      WOW! Awesome advice dude. Not gonna lie, I had no idea what the CUCV M1008 meant, but I googled it. That would be great option, considering all the extra goodies like you mentioned. Now to find one... Thanks again.
      Awesome dude, hope you find one. these were my two.... red one I bought from the original owners son, 90k miles.



      and the ugly.

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      07-31-2012 11:11 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by mikes96GTI View Post
      Awesome dude, hope you find one. these were my two.... red one I bought from the original owners son, 90k miles.



      and the ugly.

      Holy sh**. Sweet dude. Red one is beautiful. Black one is straight bad ass. Thanks again for your help. Hope mine looks as good one day.

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