What can I put my 89 c/1500 engine into? Frame is cracked beyond repair
Last year I put a new engine into my truck - this morning when I went to align it the guy tells/shows me a crack in the frame which just is not worth fixing. So now I want to get another truck that I can put my engine into. Is the engine only compatible with chevy trucks 80-89 and/or can I also look at GMCs of those same years? Its an 8cylinder 5.7L
it is directly plug and play with any 86-95 truck. Your engine should be TBI and will work with any other small block TBI set up. There may be a couple sensors to work out but for the most part its the same. You could carbuerate it and put it into anything older as well
how bad is it crack
Here is the crack
Got it welded - im not sure if I should keep it though - any thoughts on frames that have been welded more than once?
By the way thank you Andrew that is beyond helpful
So I found an 85 chevy c20 with no engine or tranny - would this be a good shell for my parts?
yes, but the truck is set up for a carb. With no pump in the tank and no real ecu like yours. You could run an inline pump and wire the ecu and run your harness. Or convert to a carb and you will still have to wire in a fuel pump because your cam doesnt have the lobe for the mechanical fuel pump. Your truck is 2wd or 4x4? Going into an 85 wont be a simple plug and play, but the motor and tranny will bolt in. You may need to find a 700r4 crossmember as alot of these truck had the shorter th350
That sounds like a lot more trouble then it's worth! What do you think about a frame repair on the truck ive got? I really love it and don't want to have to get another - just want to know all of my options. I appreciate all of your input.
looks like the control arm mount, you should be able to weld that. I would cut down on the rock crawling to be on the safe side
You can put in a 85 chevy and use all the wires and the gas tank and ECM . or fix the old frame
Looking for a Used C/K 1500 in your area?
CarGurus has 813 nationwide C/K 1500 listings starting at $2,600.
Search Chevrolet C/K 1500 Questions
Chevrolet C/K 1500 Experts
Related Models For Sale