As some you may know, I am wanting to build a rather large truck. Well I had a brain storm the other day. There is a local kid with a red crew cab s10 that doesn't move and hasn't moved in a long time. I am currently trying to acquire it. My plan if I get it is to put it on the suburban frame I have and swap in my 1 ton axles. All suspension and motor tranny tcase would be totally non s10 related. The only thing s10 I want to use is the cab and all related comforts.
My question is, what would I need to do to get the electronics to work? Windows, locks, ect. Would windows be as simple as hard wiring the switch. Or since it all goes through the computer (I think?) would it be way more complicated than that? I could find some crank windows for the front, but I am not aware of anything I could do for the rear. I am not opposed to having front manual/ rear electric windows. Functional windows would be a must.
I don't think swapping in powered seats would be hard. I assume I could just hardwire them.
Radio would be easy.
Using stock gauges would be nice but wouldn't be hard to overcome.
If I do get the s10, the motor and possiblely the tranny/tcase will be going in my jeep, so the wiring for that will have to get pulled out. Cab mounts shouldn't be too hard to make. Steering would probably be full hydro.
Another option would be to use the s10 frame and cab, but that would mean different tranny/t case and solid axle swap. The suburban frame already has every suspension option I could dream of available for it, and the axle swap to 1 tons would be easy as pie.
This is all still in the planning phase. I have a clean 90 suburban frame, good running Tbi 350 and a supposedly good th400/np205, 4.10 geared gm Dana 60 and rear Dana 70 (can get a 14b pretty easy), all the springs I would need, and a few sticks of tube. There are plenty of k5s with regular and extended s10 cabs on them, but there is no way the crew cab would fit on a k5 frame. The suburban frame is a much better fit.
What ever happens, it will be a long term project. Thoughts? Input? Thanks ahead of time