2015-19 Colorado as the basis of a restomod?


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By waltz - 6 Months Ago
Ok, I have a 1951 Advanced Design truck. Is there any reason I should not use a modern Chevy Colorado frame/engine/drive train as the underpinnings for a restomod?
By Eddy Lucast - 6 Months Ago
Whether you restore it to original or create something from your imagination, as long as the chassis will support the weight and you can make it work, it's up to you. If the vehicle is something odd, unusual or rare should it be restored or modified to suit you???
By waltz - 6 Months Ago
Thanks Eddy.
By Wolfcreek_Steve - 6 Months Ago
This past weekend I was at Back to the Fifties show in St Paul. There was a vendor there that was selling a kit of all the bracketry to mount an Advance Design pick-up cab and box on an S-10 frame. Looked to be pretty slick!
I don't have any contact info, but just a heads up that such a kit is available.
Edit: Here is info on the set-up I saw. http://www.secondchancegarage.com/feature-articles/ez-chassis-1.cfm
Some thoughts on the Colorado frame swap: https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/lots-of-s-10-swaps-any-colorado-canyon-ones.156390/
By Rustymachine - 6 Months Ago
A gentleman in my town used the front frame section from a 2WD Trailblazer (same as Colorado I believe) welded to a pilothouse Dodge chassis.  The truck ended up with the 5 cylinder engine, transmission, and rear axle from the Chevy.  Truck seemed to be a daily driver as I saw it everywhere.

Best regards,

Matt
By waltz - 6 Months Ago
Thanks Matt. I was hoping to pretty much use the Colorado as-is, "just" take the body and bed off and replace it with the '51. I bought a 4100 with a stake bed which I plan to cut down to size so it look good on the new running gear.
By waltz - 6 Months Ago
Thanks Steve. Yeah, I've seen those. I'm trying to end up with a reliable daily driver. If I go with the S10, I'd be buying a crate engine and at least rebuilding the S10 transmission. For about the same money, I can get a salvage Colorado with a lot fewer miles.
By Wolfcreek_Steve - 6 Months Ago
waltz (6/28/2019)
Thanks Steve. Yeah, I've seen those. I'm trying to end up with a reliable daily driver. If I go with the S10, I'd be buying a crate engine and at least rebuilding the S10 transmission. For about the same money, I can get a salvage Colorado with a lot fewer miles.

I would stay away from the newer stuff because of the computer integration. Early S10s had computers, but they didn't run your headlights and turn signals, etc! If you go with a crate engine, mileage doesn't mean that much, once you get past the drivetrain and wheel bearings.