View Full Version : swapping 98 cab on my 97 frame
03-13-2012, 11:56 PM
I have a 97 gmc ext cab, the cab is in bad shape. Im buying a cab from a 98 chevy ext cab, my question is what's the easiest way to lift the cab off. And without hurting body at all? Thanks
03-14-2012, 12:30 AM
would use straps from front to rear,,not from side to side..actully when l think about it the front rear method would work best as your not trying to feed straps over the frame ect..would be less chance of damageing cab...side to side may buckle door bottoms
EASIEST is find a buddy at a local shop with a lift. undo the bolts, back the truck to the lift, slide the arms to each corner and let the car lift do the hard work. roll the chassis out of the way. get the old cab out and new cab in and set up on the lift. Jacks are your friend. lift the new cab, drop the new cab.
or strip the interior out, grab 3 buddies and pick it up and move it off and back on with the new.
03-16-2012, 11:58 AM
what does an extended cab normally weigh? and thanks for the input..
couldnt tell ya. Ive swapped cabs once and it was on an 88 reg cab
03-18-2012, 03:25 PM
When I pulled my 91' apart, I jacked the truck up as high as I could get it, maxxed out my big jackstands on height and put them at each corner on the rockers. and with a cherry picker holding the front of the truck up, and a jack holding the back up I unbolted the body mounts and slowly lowered each til' the frame was on the ground, then I just rolled the chassis out from under the cab.
Or like Jer said, strip the interior and have 3-4or 5 people help you pick it up and pull it off. A stripped down extended cab weighs a little more than a bed does.
Either way you want to pull the bed and take it off/on from the back so you're not trying to lift over the motor.
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