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Someone gave me a 1940 Ford frame, I think he said it was from a 4 door or a coupe. My question is, can I get a truck on that frame. I thought they were all the same frame, but someone told me they wern't. I was also wondering where I could find a cab, and all the other little parts to make it go.. one more thing, about the transmision, what can it bolt up to?
Sean - since no one else has responded yet, maybe I can help you out a little.
As for the frame, I don't know if a truck will fit on a car frame, but I do have a diagram of a frame in my gallery (just click the little picture of my truck on the left). Ours is an original 1941 truck (F100) frame which is the same as a 1940 so you should be able to measure your's to see if the measurements match up.
As for the individual parts, I think you would be better off searching for a whole truck rather than to try and put one together piece-by-piece. The original parts are hard to find and the aftermarket parts aren't that cheap.
As for the tranny, if you're using a modern engine, use a modern tranny - same with the rear, axle, etc.
Thanks for the help.... It seems to match right up, I think things will work out just right.. Did you guys have to do alot of fab work for the front and rear? Is their much to it? I am looking at getting the frame built, and not worry to much about anything else right now.. I was going to build a tank for it, but wasn't sure of what I have to work with ( clearance for the bed of the truck ) My goal is to have it done by the time I get married ( not real soon )
The passenger frame will work for a 1/2-ton pickup, the only difference being the body brackets that are riveted on. These frames are the same from 1935 to 1940. I have a '35, '36 and '37 pickup, and with these all you have to do to use a passenger frame under a pickup is delete the outrigger ***. body brackets -- the naked frame is correct for the pickups. I'm fairly certain it's the same situation on the '40 (I used to own a '40 sedan delivery).
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