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Old 10-29-2004, 10:06 AM
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Wheelbase/track width

Hi All: Does anyone out there know where I could find the wheelbase and track width measurements? I need something on the order of 117 in. wheelbase with 60 in track width. I measured the width center to center of the tires, should I make this measurement from backing plate to backing plate? Could probably make some relatively small adjustments in length and width, maybe even go to 4X4. Thanks

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Old 10-29-2004, 07:23 PM
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Welcome to FTE!!!

You kind of lost me, what are you trying to do and to what?
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Old 10-29-2004, 09:24 PM
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Sorry about the confusion, will try to explain: I have a 1941 Dodge PU. The frame and running gear are bad but the body is in pretty good shape. I thought a more modern replacement frame and running gear, brakes, steering gear, shocks etc, etc, would be the thing to do. The print I have of the original frame states the wheelbase as 117 in, but doesn't give a good track width or distance between backing plates or rear end machined places. I was looking for specs on a possible donor or replacement frame for this project. Seems a shame to just let these old ones go. Thanks

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Old 10-30-2004, 06:47 PM
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The new Ranger std cab long bed has a wheelbase of 117.5", not sure about the width but it's around 60".

Does anyone know the exact measurement?
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WOW! Sounds like an awesome project, can I stop by and hover over your shoulder while you work on it?

The Ranger chassis sounds like it just might be the ticket. As trucks have grown over the decades, the modern Ranger is actually quite close in size and weight to the older full size pickups.

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Old 10-30-2004, 09:26 PM
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Don't know about awsome but it will be a project. I know this is a Ford forum but I was thinking about maybe putting an old Hemi with Tork flite in this one, might wake up the kids. As you might have figured out I'm pretty old (68) to be starting this sort of stuff, but what the hell. I sure appreciate the responses, I've got this urge to build up this old PU and then go drive the Alcan to Alaska and back. Hmm might need lots of help and spares but I've alwaws found the Canadians a pretty good lot. Thanks again.

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Well Patrick i am 64 and am doing something similar Kingston Ontario CANADA I have a 1980 short box stepside and have concidered all kinds of add ons but am looking for something like you ??a complete frame to stick under the ford stepside. Looking for something a little lower as well! 1977 caprice frame 116 inch wheelbase ,1989 caprice classic 116 inch wheelbase, 1976 caprice wheelbase 121.5 Looking for the wheelbase on 1980 shrtbox stepside cant seem to find it wayner
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