I'm new to the forum but not new to the grease monkey realm. With that being said, here's my question:
The wife and I found a rolling (near complete) 1949 Ford F1 for extremely cheap($500). I have the 'know-how' to repair any cancer on the cab, doors, hood, fenders, etc. The driveline, suspension, wiring, etc don't scare me as I've had enough experience on other Ford classics
The one thing I am afraid of is that one of the previous owners already completed the GM swap on the front end (looks to be a 75'ish Camaro subframe) which theoretically drops the front 4-5".
If the truck is a good deal I would grab it and look for another frame if you want to go back to stock. If you want to keep the clip you could cut it off and remount it lower which will raise the frame.
Have you put fenders on it so see where it sits now? Dont assume how much it is lowered without hanging fenders on it.
The fenders probably won't fit over that clip very well, at least the inners won't. Also, don't forget that the weight of the engine, etc will bring it down another 3-4 inches. That clip also will make it tougher to mount any engine besides a chevy
Can you share a picture of the joint between the clip and the stock frame? My recollection is that to get a stance about like yours, the Camaro subframe ends up completely below the stock frame.
Are you thinking of the lower subframe rails? The subframe is somewhat "z" shaped and sometimes swappers weld the lower rails under the frame rails of the vehicle rather than cut them off and "clip" them. The actual frame rails on the subframe stay about the same plane as the frame rails on the vehicle.
Probably, Dave. Most I've seen put the rail under the frame rail and plate it on both sides. With that, you still get a pretty low front end. Pretty sure that's how Homade's truck is, and one other that was at Truckstock.
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Well when they cut off the frame, the frame serial numbers was cut off. I would say depending on your state laws you may have a hard to register it as a '49. My state would require a bonded title or a newly constructed truck. $500 is a good price if the bodies is good. I would look for a complete frame with a title.
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