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'48 F-2 DRW?

A guy on FB is looking for help with brakes on his '48 F-2. He posted this picture of the front brake. Never seen anything like this. Later he posted the truck had dual rear wheels. He also stated the frame is stock. I asked for more details, I'd be very interested how this was done. Looks like the front wheel would stick out way past the fender.

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That looks more like a F-7/8 axle to me judging from the size of those studs. Are you sure it's a F-2?
 
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8 lugs == F7 F8 as Mixer Man said
 
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Bob - I went to sleep thinking about this, and woke up early thinking about it. The picture shows it has, to my count, 9 front spring leaves which would be correct for an F-3 or H/D upgrade for an F-2. An F-7/8 would have 11 or 12, so that seems to be unlikely. And looking at the front hub and drum diagrams in the Chassis Catalog for the Q and QH Series trucks they are much different appearing than these.

These drums look to be similar to my M-H drums, but with eight wheel studs (8 x 6.5” stock F-2/F-3) instead of my five, and this one doesn’t look to be 4x4. The drums are unlike any I’ve seen used by Coleman which used Dayton style rims, but maybe Chuck will comment on that. Clearly the front wheels will be deeply dished DRW style. Here’s an F-2/F-3 M-H drum.



There was a DRW option on F-3s in Canada, but the brochure shows that did nothing to alter the front axle configuration. Below is that brochure. So I’m stumped too. More pictures would be great to see. I won’t use FB, so won’t interact directly with the guy. Stu


 
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That looks like the front brakes off a 1967-72 F-350 DRW. You can see that the brake hose has been relocated on the frame.
 
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Would something that new still have the outboard pitman arm and drag link? Unless the newer hubs were mated to the original spindles? I’m sure you researched all this fully when you were building your truck. Stu
 
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Yeah, my major question was how to use the original steering. A later poster said it looked like a Dodge set up. Someone did a lot of work. I asked the original poster to post more pictures of the truck, I'm really interested in seeing how the front wheels sit in the front fenders.
 
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That looks like the front brakes off a 1967-72 F-350 DRW. You can see that the brake hose has been relocated on the frame.
1967/72 F350 has 12" x 3" front drum brakes.

 
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Nice truck. Looks to have a ‘53+ long bed with 48-52, probably glass, F-1 rear fenders that are wider than the F-2/F-3 fenders. It all works together pretty well. Stu
 
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This local truck is a F-5. The rear fenders are glass, assuming they were F-1 that were widened.


 
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Originally Posted by 51dueller View Post
You can see that the brake hose has been relocated on the frame.
Hmmm... that's where the brake hose is located on my 51 F4.
 
 
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