This is totally serious. There's been musings about this on this forum in the past, and I remember reading about at least one frame swap that was done. I've got 3 (4?) B-body wagons in my driveway, most in reasonable shape. I'd love to convert one of them to AWD or 4WD to use as a winter warrior. So what would be viable options to achieve that goal?
Things I've considered:
- find an Astro/Safari AWD subframe and weld it in place of the front section of the B-body frame
- find a pickup/SUV frame with a similar wheelbase and re-body it
- buy a Dodge Magnum instead
The first option seems like it would retain a reasonable ride height, whereas the second one seems like it would require a significant lift. I would prefer to retain a stock-ish ride height with stock-sized wheels and tires, even if there's a change in wheel stud circle diameter involved.
The 3rd option is boring, but probably the most cost-effective.
Are there any other options I'm not thinking of?