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Wish I could get this on a rack to take better pictures it would explain what is going on with the truck. Best explanation from what I can see is Fabco cut the frame and welded it. Why this happened I have no idea. Best picture to explain it is this one. The fame is almost stacked on its self and covered with that plate. A really strange set up.
 
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Wonder if it's the way they shortened the frame and a way to beef it up, what was the original wheel base..?
 
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I'd like to add my welcome and also toss out this thought for concideration..... Could it be that some 1/2 ton fenders and box parts have been used to put a box together? The sides are low on the cab,the front panel is even lower yet, and the fenders are low to the running boards but all seem to be at different heights. A look at the tailgate might offer up a clue. I'm not an engineer but that frame splice screams "amateur " to me, it makes me wonder if a previous owner at sometime performed some creative repairs on the frame and box. It doesn't make sense to me that a professional company that does all wheel drive conversions would need to do these type of modifications to a 3/4 ton truck.I think it looks odd because it is odd. I'm not familiar with Fabio but what we're looking at I believe is unrelated to their conversion. Whatever the case may be you have a unique and very cool truck and I'm looking ford to learning more about it.
 
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I think it was Coleman that chopped frames on larger trucks, raised the front part, in order to level the whole truck. This rather than jacking up rear with blocks. Not a good idea on a heavy truck.
 
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Casper1999 and thundersnow70 thanks for the welcome.

Casper1999, you might be right about the bed of the truck being something that was added. Curious if it was a flatbed at some point. The running boards are a Fabco creation though. They are marked with their placard.

1952Henry, maybe Fabco took some pointers from Coleman.
 
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If I may offer some perspective. I don’t have reference data to show the original purchase cost of a Fabco conversion, but I do have references showing the M-H option alone equaled the base price of the truck, i.e. doubling the truck’s purchase price. No reason to think the Fabco would be any different. For this reason, if no other, owners did all that they could to keep these trucks in service. I have also kept an archive of the 3/4 ton M-Hs I have come across over the years, and I’ll guess that around half have had frame repairs. Again, anything necessary was done to keep them in service. When I bought my first truck and realized what a used up p.o.s. it was, Chuck told me that the F-2/3s weren’t built all that much heavier than F-1s, but got used like they were F-5s. Frame and axle damage was common. Maybe Fabco conversions share this history. Stu
 
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I'd like to add my welcome and also toss out this thought for concideration..... Could it be that some 1/2 ton fenders and box parts have been used to put a box together? The sides are low on the cab,the front panel is even lower yet, and the fenders are low to the running boards but all seem to be at different heights. A look at the tailgate might offer up a clue. I'm not an engineer but that frame splice screams "amateur " to me, it makes me wonder if a previous owner at sometime performed some creative repairs on the frame and box. It doesn't make sense to me that a professional company that does all wheel drive conversions would need to do these type of modifications to a 3/4 ton truck.I think it looks odd because it is odd. I'm not familiar with Fabio but what we're looking at I believe is unrelated to their conversion. Whatever the case may be you have a unique and very cool truck and I'm looking ford to learning more about it.
Dont you just love auto correct spelling checker?!! Now we have Fabio involved with this discussion! LOL!!

And I have no guesses to help sovle the mystery about this truck.
 
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Dont you just love auto correct spelling checker?!! Now we have Fabio involved with this discussion! LOL!!

And I have no guesses to help sovle the mystery about this truck.
Hahaha!!!! I saw that...after I posted of course, funny though
 
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Here it is mystery solved. Fame on top of frame.
 
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That's what I was thinking and how they went about shortening the frame..
 
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Now that we know the fame was cut. Should I repair it? Was it originally a flat bed?
 
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I’m gonna be real open about this, I don’t understand the double frame and the patch. Why the double frame, and was the patch a prior owner fix for a fractured or cut frame? Doesn’t look like something Fabco would do. What is the truck’s wheelbase? The stock F-250 was 118” which looks right with the bed. But the bed is clearly not original. Gotta figure it was a flatbed. Stu
 
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Iím gonna be real open about this, I donít understand the double frame and the patch. Why the double frame, and was the patch a prior owner fix for a fractured or cut frame? Doesnít look like something Fabco would do. What is the truckís wheelbase? The stock F-250 was 118Ē which looks right with the bed. But the bed is clearly not original. Gotta figure it was a flatbed. Stu
Just curious, Stu, why do you think the bed is not original to the truck?
 
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No, it’s just the missing filler panel I guess. I think Tom said earlier that seeing it up on a lift would help, and I know that’d help me understand it. Stu
 
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I guess we have to find a Fabco expert to see if this was their way of doing things or if it was done by a PO. And I guess the expert would be a chevy
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