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I have a 55 f100 with a Bobco design Camaro/Nova front clip that was done as per the many mag articles back in the 80's,90's. The original owner left it without a front bumper. I am competing the truck in a back to the 50's style with a front bumper. So I have cut off the Nova frame horns and I am preparing to attach the partial front ford piece with the radiator support and frame horns. I had the original Mag article and pictures from the Bobco site. Now I can't find them and the Bobco site has gone dark. I'm visual and like to have the pictures along with my measurements. Does anyone out there have the articles I am referring to? They were in several mags. Thanks Bill in MI
 
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I don't have any articles but I do have a buddy with a 55 with a Nova clip that has the F100 frame front section welded on to it. I don't have any photos handy but I know a little about the graft since I re-welded a section of it for him.
EDIT: I just found a photo. It shows the F100 forward frame section welded to the Nova clip. I am not sure how your frame looks but essentially you will need to weld frame horns on to your frame at some point.
 
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Not much to find on the website but Bobco is still there. He took a hit when the county made him get rid of a lot of his inventory. The area that he is in has grown steadily over the past decade and now the snooty neighbors don't like a commercial enterprise in the neighborhood. The last time I was up there he was building complete chassis'. I would be interested to see a pic from MIBill of what he has on his 55.
 
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Originally Posted by MIBill View Post
I have a 55 f100 . I am competing the truck in a back to the 50's style with a front bumper. Bill in MI
Welcome to the forum. Good to read that you're bringing the truck back from a hack job. Old trucks need bumpers. Pictures required as you progress.
 
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I have a 54 with a 72 Monty Carlo IFS grafted to the original frame. I did the graft in the early 80s.
 
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looking for pics of graft near the steering box. I do have a complete and straight and original 55 f250 frame for measurements and comparisons.
 
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Don't know if these will help you. Mine is a chevelle frt clip.





 
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That's a clean graft on your frame John. I like the way that the GM frame extends forward over the F100 front section. Most I have seen have the GM clip cut through and the F100 section butt welded to it...yours seems much more stable.
 
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That's a clean graft on your frame John. I like the way that the GM frame extends forward over the F100 front section. Most I have seen have the GM clip cut through and the F100 section butt welded to it...yours seems much more stable.

This was done in the late 70's by a shop in Burbank Ca. The owner was a member of Pick-ups ltd Burbank.

It is a 64 chevelle frt clip & the frt frame horns came out straight to the bumper. If I remember right, 64-67 were like this. In 68 when GM changed the body style, the frt frame horns were a lot wider and would have to be cut off completely to make the clip work

When I decided I was going to rebuild this truck, I had a lot of reservations about reusing this frame but it was done right & the wheels are centered in the wheel well.
 

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