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Old 05-07-2010, 01:17 PM
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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?

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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

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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!!!
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Thanks for the advice.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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!

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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.
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