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Complete TCI chassis?

I am looking at buying a complete chassis from TCI with the IFS/4-link setup. Has anyone else on this site used this chassis? I found a few threads about the IFS and a few about the 4-link but none specifically pertaining to the complete chassis.

This one: 53-56 F-100 Complete IFS Chassis Coil Over 4-Link Plain Pkg
 
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What is it that you hope to gain by buying a complete, replacement chassis, vs. modifying your original, besides not having to do the work? 10K is a lot of money, and then there is the whole title issue. The title of your truck follows the frame. So if you put your body on a different frame, you should have it inspected and stamped by your state license authority, which usually is your state police. I don't know if TCI issues a Manufacturers Statement of Origin (MSO) with their chassis, but I would want my legal questions answered before forking out that kind of cash. My 2c.
 
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here 'bouts you wont run into too many issues with the title situation till you find a smart a-- or make somebody mad , then they're gonna make life hard on you . and i concur why spend ten grand on an aftermarket chassis when the oe can be tweaked to do , appear , and support whatever your little heart desires ?????? i still got plans for modding either the one under my 53 or the one i bought from boley with that 'bird irs and an ifs , and god knows what else my evil lil' mind can conjur up{ got notebooks full of idea's , drawings , specs , etc !!!!!! } .... but for now my baby is going back online soon as my daily ride in a pretty much unmolested state ........... expensive aftermarket stuff is oogly googly eye candy , but it isn't gonna outperform the oe if you do it right , just be equal too .
 
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I have seen a couple of Walton frames being used on trucks here but none of the TCI, I would imagine that they are all similar in design and fabrication. What struck me is how thin the metal is on the frame members...from an enigineering aspect I guess that's fine since they use 8 inch box steel but if I lived in an area where rust was an issue I would think twice.
 
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Originally Posted by Toms53Ford View Post
I am looking at buying a complete chassis from TCI with the IFS/4-link setup. Has anyone else on this site used this chassis? I found a few threads about the IFS and a few about the 4-link but none specifically pertaining to the complete chassis.

This one: 53-56 F-100 Complete IFS Chassis Coil Over 4-Link Plain Pkg
That looks to be a pretty expensive way to go that would save you a lot of work. That price is for rear leaf springs too, how much more for the four link you mention? I'd stick with the original frame and buy the front and rear suspension of your choice and save the 5 grand you'd save to put towards the rest of your truck, just my thoughts.
 
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:44 AM
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That looks to be a pretty expensive way to go that would save you a lot of work. That price is for rear leaf springs too, how much more for the four link you mention? I'd stick with the original frame and buy the front and rear suspension of your choice and save the 5 grand you'd save to put towards the rest of your truck, just my thoughts.
No, that is for the 4-link setup.

I suppose some of you didn't read my original thread. My 53 sits on a GMC chassis. I have bought parts for different model Chevrolet's and i'm tired of guessing what model or what part numbers I need. We plan on completely restoring the truck and i'd like an "OE" chassis to work with. Parts are much easier to come by.
 
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Originally Posted by Toms53Ford View Post
No, that is for the 4-link setup.

I suppose some of you didn't read my original thread. My 53 sits on a GMC chassis. I have bought parts for different model Chevrolet's and i'm tired of guessing what model or what part numbers I need. We plan on completely restoring the truck and i'd like an "OE" chassis to work with. Parts are much easier to come by.
point taken, but why not buy a used stock frame then? I have in the past years sold 2 good frames! They both sold for 100.00 each, way cheaper than the TCI. They are out there if you look. Good luck!!
 
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exactly what I was thinking. the highest I've ever seen a bare stock frame was about $300. add $2500 for a nice IFS, another $1500 for a nice rear suspy, say $500 for brakes (bracket, booster/cyl, lines) and your roller came in for less than $5k.

I've got a 55 f-350 frame that I'll part w/ sometime down the road (when I carve out time for trucks again)

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If I could have afforded it I wouldn't hesitate to by a new frame by TCI. They are a local company here and I have been to their shop. Another local Manufacturer here is "No Limit", and I would suggest looking at their frames also because they are experts in building our trucks.
 
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Originally Posted by Toms53Ford View Post
No, that is for the 4-link setup.

I suppose some of you didn't read my original thread. My 53 sits on a GMC chassis. I have bought parts for different model Chevrolet's and i'm tired of guessing what model or what part numbers I need. We plan on completely restoring the truck and i'd like an "OE" chassis to work with. Parts are much easier to come by.
Sorry about that, I was reading what was writen under the picture, me bad. I guess if you have the bucks that would be the easiest way to go but like the others have stated buying an oem frame that someone is willing to part with would be cheaper. Then there is still title thing to deal with if it is a problem?
I checked to see if you had a gallery, I forgot you were sitting on a chevy frame, also can't remember your truck. Was it a red one that was posted in an earlier thread that I asked about wheel back spacing?
 
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by B/B ford View Post
If I could have afforded it I wouldn't hesitate to by a new frame by TCI. They are a local company here and I have been to their shop. Another local Manufacturer here is "No Limit", and I would suggest looking at their frames also because they are experts in building our trucks.
How is the quality of the TCI frames? I've never seen one in person but from the pictures i've found they look top quality. When I called they also said they set up motor mounts/trans mounts for whatever combination you're running.
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Sorry about that, I was reading what was writen under the picture, me bad. I guess if you have the bucks that would be the easiest way to go but like the others have stated buying an oem frame that someone is willing to part with would be cheaper. Then there is still title thing to deal with if it is a problem?
I checked to see if you had a gallery, I forgot you were sitting on a chevy frame, also can't remember your truck. Was it a red one that was posted in an earlier thread that I asked about wheel back spacing?
No big deal. When I re-clicked the link I realized it said that under the picture. When I got a quote on the phone I was told $7,700.

The truck is red but I don't remember being asked about the back spacing on the wheels.
 
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Quote No big deal. When I re-clicked the link I realized it said that under the picture. When I got a quote on the phone I was told $7,700. unquote

The truck is red but I don't remember being asked about the back spacing on the wheels.[/quote]
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Yes sir this is the truck I was refering to. I had asked the question on your other thread you had started entitled new member with more question reply #39. Looking at the picture again I realize your truck is sitting much higher than mine and tire rub wouldn't be an issue for you, where as my tires are tucked up into the fender about an inch and a half and need to find some rims with a deeper backspacing, if not I'll be jacking it back up.
 
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I bought one of their frames last summer after I found out that it would cost $600- $1,200 dollars to straighten mine with questionable results. The TCI frame and package is a nice set up. I'm still building my truck, but everything so far has been spot-on. Now for the bad; if you live out in a rural area with some hills and curves, your frame will end up at a warehouse where they'll want you to come and pick it up even though you paid for delivery to your residence. If you own a big truck and trailer, it might not be an issue. I don't own these things. So, after about 15 calls and a wasted couple of weeks, the trucking company finally came and delivered it. They also took a couple of extra weeks more to build it than they said they would. Check on delivery before buying it. I bought mine through Tim's Hot Rods.

Tim's Hot Rods - www.timshotrods.com

He worked hard to get the frame delivered to me and I'd buy from him all over again. TCI was totally worthless in getting it delivered.
 
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dont mean to be off topic, but are there really whole frames selling for $100. Even $300 is great. I have a long bed frame that i was going to cut down but if i can get a whole rolling chassis for $100-$300 that would be fantastic. Would i run into problems with registration? I didnt think there was any stamping on the frame. Just the VIN plate in the door sill.
 
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Originally Posted by sofob0909 View Post
dont mean to be off topic, but are there really whole frames selling for $100. Even $300 is great. I have a long bed frame that i was going to cut down but if i can get a whole rolling chassis for $100-$300 that would be fantastic. Would i run into problems with registration? I didnt think there was any stamping on the frame. Just the VIN plate in the door sill.
I sold mine on Epay and yes theres a stamping of the vin on the passenger side top of frame by the shock mount.
 

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