Go Back   Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums > Older, Classic & Antique Trucks > 1948 - 1956 F1, F100 & Larger F-Series Trucks
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?


1948 - 1956 F1, F100 & Larger F-Series Trucks Discuss the Fat Fendered and Classic Ford Trucks

Reply
 
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 05-07-2010, 02:17 PM
John-1967 John-1967 is offline
New User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 3
John-1967 is starting off with a positive reputation.
1949 ford pickup restoration

Hello;
I am considering the restoration of a 1948 - 1950 ford pickup. I would like to retrofit the body onto a modern frame, I was thinking a Ranger frame. What is the best frame, fit-wise to use? Is this a big job? Is a Ranger extended cab too long?

Any help / comments are welcome

Thanks

john the rookie
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-07-2010, 02:39 PM
f100newb's Avatar
f100newb f100newb is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Ellicott City, MD
Posts: 136
f100newb is starting off with a positive reputation.
Quote:
Originally Posted by John-1967 View Post
Hello;
I am considering the restoration of a 1948 - 1950 ford pickup. I would like to retrofit the body onto a modern frame, I was thinking a Ranger frame. What is the best frame, fit-wise to use? Is this a big job? Is a Ranger extended cab too long?

Any help / comments are welcome

Thanks

john the rookie
Get ready for it cause here it comes....


Nothing against wanting to do this and I know very little about the subject but a quick search will get you a VERY long list of pro, cons and differing opinions on the subject. Long story short you are better off keeping the stock frame and retro fitting the important items onto it. Disc brakes, power steering and the like. Unless you like grueling punishment and are a master fabricator I would suggest NOT doing it. Just my .02

That being said there is a site that has some info on using the S10 frame. It is for a Chevy body though not a ford. Good Luck man!!!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-07-2010, 02:47 PM
John-1967 John-1967 is offline
New User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 3
John-1967 is starting off with a positive reputation.
1949 pickup restoration

Thanks for the advice.

jf
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-07-2010, 03:02 PM
Old F1's Avatar
Old F1 Old F1 is offline
Posting Guru
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Windermere Valley,B.C. Ca
Posts: 2,270
Old F1 has a good reputation on FTE.Old F1 has a good reputation on FTE.
1948-52 Ford Truck Frame Swap

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/94...-up-frame.html

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/83...-1959-s-b.html
__________________
1951 f1 460 / C6 / MII

“Old, cynical, and cranky.”
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-07-2010, 03:33 PM
Blue50F-1's Avatar
Blue50F-1 Blue50F-1 is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Le Mars, IA
Posts: 767
Blue50F-1 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
Hey John. Welcome to FTE!

Do you have the truck yet? From the way your post reads, I'm guessing not. I thought about doing the same thing before I got my truck. The truth was, there is a lot of measuring, cutting, welding, fabricating, and guess work involved in doing a body swap. It can be done, certainly, and picking the right vehicle (S10, Ranger, Bronco II) can make all the difference in the world. BUT, once I actually had my truck I realized that the frame was in dang good shape, as good or better than the S15 I had as an option. Furthermore, having an early BB truck meant that there's plenty of aftermarket to supply me with relatively cheap parts when I can't get them at the old-time part store. Pretty much anything I could want my truck to do will bolt on to the old frame, keeping the body mounted properly while allowing me to add a newer rear end, newer front subframe/ifs, whatever I want.

My advice: Only pull the trigger on this idea AFTER you get a hold of a truck. If the truck you get has a hacked up, rusted out, and/or beat to crap frame...GO FOR IT, if it's got a good frame, save yourself the time, money, and frustration...there will be plenty of other things to use them on.

Good luck!
James
__________________
Pastor, Le Mars CoN

Driver,
'50 F-1, Light Blue, Tan int, 69 302, 4spd OD manual.
'66 Mercury Parklane, Original, light blue, 410, C6.
02 Explorer XLT, 4.0
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-07-2010, 03:54 PM
Julies Cool F1 Julies Cool F1 is offline
Your Posting Princess!
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Poway, Ca.
Posts: 7,641
Julies Cool F1 has a great reputation on FTE.Julies Cool F1 has a great reputation on FTE.Julies Cool F1 has a great reputation on FTE.Julies Cool F1 has a great reputation on FTE.Julies Cool F1 has a great reputation on FTE.
Hi John,

Welcome to FTE.

Yep, this subject comes up monthly. I'd wait to see what you end up with first, then sit down and come up with a plan.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-07-2010, 08:25 PM
ALBUQ F-1's Avatar
ALBUQ F-1 ALBUQ F-1 is offline
postin' fool
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: NM
Posts: 17,462
ALBUQ F-1 has much to be proud ofALBUQ F-1 has much to be proud ofALBUQ F-1 has much to be proud ofALBUQ F-1 has much to be proud ofALBUQ F-1 has much to be proud ofALBUQ F-1 has much to be proud ofALBUQ F-1 has much to be proud ofALBUQ F-1 has much to be proud ofALBUQ F-1 has much to be proud of
Welcome John!

Have you owned a Bonus Built truck before? Driven one? I'm curious why you want to zoom straight to a drastic modification straight-away?

By the way, the words "restoration" and "frame swap" are mutually exclusive.
__________________
Ross
1952 F-1 Flat V8 3-on-the-tree MSD, Rochester 2G, Red's Headers
“It’s really hard to make predictions, especially about the future.” -- Yogi Berra
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-09-2010, 08:48 PM
John-1967 John-1967 is offline
New User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 3
John-1967 is starting off with a positive reputation.
Post to swap frames or not

thanks for the advise everyone. I plan to leave the existing frame and promise to never ask the question again.

jf
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-09-2010, 08:50 PM
havi's Avatar
havi havi is offline
I'll have the Roast Duck
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Northshore, MN
Posts: 9,287
havi is a name known to allhavi is a name known to allhavi is a name known to allhavi is a name known to allhavi is a name known to allhavi is a name known to all
Havi Ina Ford
To put things into context, a restoration by definition is to re-create the original. To resto-mod is modify a vehicle but allow it to "look" original, and then there's the full on custom, where everything is changed to an extent. Just swapping frames and drivetrain would typically fall under the resto-mod category. Hope that helps. Anyhow, a Ranger frame with a 114" (113.9) wheelbase is what you'd want to look for.
__________________
1949 F6
1948 F1
1946 Tonner
The rest are just average.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 05-09-2010, 10:03 PM
Blue50F-1's Avatar
Blue50F-1 Blue50F-1 is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Le Mars, IA
Posts: 767
Blue50F-1 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
Quote:
Originally Posted by John-1967 View Post
thanks for the advise everyone. I plan to leave the existing frame and promise to never ask the question again.

jf
Hey, don't let us overwhelm you. We just like to help out is all. Opinions are all most of us have anyway! (at least that we can share)

Whatever you decide to do, keep us updated. We love to see rides in progress no matter what you're doing with them!

James
__________________
Pastor, Le Mars CoN

Driver,
'50 F-1, Light Blue, Tan int, 69 302, 4spd OD manual.
'66 Mercury Parklane, Original, light blue, 410, C6.
02 Explorer XLT, 4.0
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 06-07-2010, 11:57 PM
bandit16t bandit16t is offline
New User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 8
bandit16t is starting off with a positive reputation.
49 F1

My 49 has stock frame. Frame was dropped 8" under cab to keep leg room. Top chopped 6". Wish it was 8" to 10". I would post a picture but cant figure out how to do it.
Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 11:57 PM
 
 
 
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
FRAME ROTISSERIE jniolon All Other Items for Sale 2 08-31-2014 09:19 AM
best frame to site a 1948 ford pickup cab on stevemaynard 1948 - 1956 F1, F100 & Larger F-Series Trucks 7 08-15-2009 02:58 AM
1953 to 1956 pickup frame conversion harold morgan New Member Introductions 2 03-20-2007 10:53 PM
Question 99superdutyblue 1947 and Older Ford Trucks 0 03-21-2005 10:31 AM
Ranger frame conversion 4T8ford 1948 - 1956 F1, F100 & Larger F-Series Trucks 10 02-28-2003 03:25 AM


Go Back   Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums > Older, Classic & Antique Trucks > 1948 - 1956 F1, F100 & Larger F-Series Trucks

Tags
1949, 1950, chassis, dimensions, end, f1, f100, ford, frame, ifs, rear, restoration, truck, trucks, wheelbase

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Forum Jump


Participate In The Forums

Create new posts and participate in discussions. It's free!

Sign Up »





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 AC1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Advertising - Terms of Use - Privacy Statement - Jobs
This forum is owned and operated by Internet Brands, Inc., a Delaware corporation. It is not authorized or endorsed by the Ford Motor Company and is not affiliated with the Ford Motor Company or its related companies in any way. Ford® is a registered trademark of the Ford Motor Company.

vbulletin Admin Backup