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Old 04-23-2009, 10:07 PM
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A frame needed

Anyone up north here have an A-frame that could be used for a weekend? I am planning to get started on my swap next weekend. The front clip and bed can probably be handled with enough people, but I just don't want to take a chance with my cab. Do rental shops rent these?

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Old 04-24-2009, 03:14 AM
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OMG that is sooooo cool. That is going to be one smokin' hot ride!!!

I can't recall ever seeing an A-frame at a rental place, but I have seen some long boom cherry pickers. You might be able to make due with one of those.
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Old 04-24-2009, 04:47 AM
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just thinking out loud here, but you might want to ask around some of the larger boat dock places near you around the lake. I'd be willing to bet that they would know of a place that would rent such a thing. probably one with a nice set of slings on it like they use for putting boats on trailers, but would be real handy for swapping frames.
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Old 04-25-2009, 04:29 PM
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If you take the seat and the doors off I'd bet 4 good size guys could lift it and place it pretty easily.
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Off Topic, but:

What year is the frame you are swapping from?

I can see that your fuel tank is in the rear, how are you going to route the filler?
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:00 AM
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Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I do have a cherry picker with a extra length of tubing welded to the end. This worked fine for the donar truck that I didn't care about. Is a litte risky for the good metal I plan to keep. Thanks for the boat dock comment. There is also a sign place in town with a huge A-frame and I've thought about asking them if I could come on a weekend and use it while their closed.

The frame is a 1979. I have a new filler that will mount in the floor of the bed. Have a little more figuring to do on that project. The wheel base was an issue. I got all the rivets out of the rear and moved the axel forward 3 inches to center it in the 66 wheel wells.

Will be driving this summer. Rolling up on a year invested in this project so far. Everything you see on the frame is powder coated, including axel, brake backing plates, radius arms, drop I beams. Almost everything is new or rebuilt. I want to be able to drive out of town without worries.
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What if you run some 4x4's under the cab and wrap a strap around them with the cherry picker? If you take the doors off you could run it in throught the cab.
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Old 04-27-2009, 10:33 PM
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I removed the bed Sunday with my cherry picker. It was light enough. Picked it up and just rolled the truck out and set the bed on some saw horses. I'll take some picks this weekend and let you know how I got the rest done.
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Can't wait to see those picks.

I was surprised last weekend when we were moving the 57 that Dave's dad bought. We picked the cab up with two people. Of course the cab didn't have any doors or glass in it, but I'll bet your cherry picker could handle yours (without the doors) if you can't find enough bodies to help.

Another option would be to come to this forum and offer to host a get together.....that would get a bunch of died in the wool Ford guys over to your house to help you
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Can't wait to see those picks.

I was surprised last weekend when we were moving the 57 that Dave's dad bought. We picked the cab up with two people. Of course the cab didn't have any doors or glass in it, but I'll bet your cherry picker could handle yours (without the doors) if you can't find enough bodies to help.

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Do you and I qualify as "only" 2 people ??
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:15 PM
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Sure we do. We might be as big as 4....and we probably eat like 6, but we're still just two.
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lol, now that I know how arkansas math works, maybe I only need one more guy to help, ha ha.
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