"Different manufacturers will have different formats or configurations of their serial numbers (VIN). With all the different manufacturers of frames, it's hard to know who made the frame. With out the MSO for the frame, about the…"
"Well Walt, I don't know if you're looking at this, but here goes. An acquaintance of mine has a problem with equilibrium. He has a FXR that has a conversion done that adds 2 extra wheels on the back of his bike. Less expensive…"
"Did you box the frame on the F100? I've been told that in order for the '39 frame to stand up the 318, I've got to box the frame. The L head 6 in the the truck is rated at 70h.p. and about 120ft.lbs. if I remember right. I can't…"
"Steve, are truck frames like my '39 designed to flex. If I'm going to box the frame because of the V8 transplant, is this going to be a problem? Am I going to have to go to auto springs? The '39 frame is a double loop frame."
"Steve, he had purchased an aftermarket IFS from Fatboys (if I remember right) and had the engine set down into the truck. It all fit under the stock hood. He also had a ps unit under the hood on the firewall."
"Thanks Bruce. Yea I'm gonna keep my options open, one thing I learned in the Army. I know I gotta box the frame in anyhow, goin with a 318 instead of the straight 6.
Steve, I did see a '46 at a car show and the owner stuffed a 440…"
"The wheelbase isn't going to be the problem, but the width WMS-WMS is 61". I know I can use wheels with various backspacing, I want to keep the wheels simple. Probably plain steel with trim rings and moon caps. I'm going to check out…"
"I'm catching what you're throwin. The only thing that got lost in the translation is CV(?). I am trying to keep the truck Dodge as much as possible. I am also trying to keep the ride height as close to original as possible, may have to be…"
"This is going to be tricky. The frame width at the front is only 28.5". The frame gradually widens out to the 40" width at about 103" back from front of frame. This is on a truck with a 116" wheelbase. I believe the Granfury…"
Good for you! Old school is the only true way to go for ANY project on a vehicle of any kind older than mid 70's. Those fenders being as open as they are I personally would go with mild heat, an anvil or steel block of some kind and a wide selection of good body hammers. Mild heat mind you as the heat and cool method does have a severe down side of making the metal brittle, where as mild heat and natural cooling just helps to make it more pliable while working with it and a little more forgiving while you attempt to reform it. Again good luck and best wishes. It sounds like you're off to a good start and are more interested in good, quality work than "get 'er done" like way too many are today. Sounds like you're a true craftsman at work. Good for you.
Thanks for noticing my truck. Was beginning to think no one cared about dressing up a daily driver any more besides me. As for your Dodge, I wish I had something like it. I'd love to have something like that to work on. As for the rear end...I'd probably be looking at the possibilities of a muscle car rear end from the 60's-early 70's. A 'cuda or maybe a charger should hve the gear ratio that would work well for pulling a trailer and I'd think the strength since they were muscle cars. If memory serves me well the length should be quite close as well. I seem to recall there being one for the 'cuda that was independent and that would make for a really clean and should be an easy adoptation. Just a thought.
As for mine, I admit wanting to change the lines a little thus the new bumpers, and side skirts. It's a 4x4 but I wanted to give it an illusion of sitting lower than it really does. Hopefully the visor ads to that illusion a little. The biggest changes are a little more suttle. LED signals and projection HID headlights w/halo rings, and LED tail lights. Increased visibility from the HID headlights is unbelieveable for my sight at night and the people seeing me with the new LED tail lights is also amazing. Quick glance with the lights off and most won't even notice but with the lights on I can see it turning heads. The hood I created and built was the most drastic change. I modeled the scoop after that of a Mustang GT500 and it is functional.
I'd love to have your project though. The suttle updates/changes you can make are only little by your imagination. Best wishes and good. I'd love to follow this project as it goes along.