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Old 10-20-2009, 02:24 PM
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1947 steudebaker truck

Hi,

I was wondering if you would know anything about putting a 1947 steudebaker truck on a different frame and what frames would work on it? Or what kind of frame do you think would be the best for it?

And under the law, is it leagal to do this?

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Fletch

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Old 10-20-2009, 02:44 PM
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the best frame, is the frame that's under it. box it, and do a front clip on it if you want modern suspension.. Often S10 Frames are used for this, but it requires making and modding many mounts, and the original fits the vehicle the way it should anyway... most states, the body retains the VIN, so a frame swap is ok, but check your states street rod laws to be sure
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An S-10 long wheelbase two-wheel drive is a great Chassis for old Studies. Several running around this area. Working on a 50 for myself.
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I think matts got the right idea, work with the original. I have a buddy with about 6 Stude trucks, early 50s models, he has used a late model chevy truck frame on one, says never again, many mods and he says it wasn't worth it. He's had many Stude trucks over the years, says Stude was always ahead of everyone else, frames are well built, rebuild what you have and it should be a good frame, ready for anything. Brakes might be be upgraded, there should be something out there ready to use. Dan
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There was one running around here several years ago, I was told it was on an S-10 frame.
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I'll give you another option to consider. How about a front clip swap from a Dakota? Rack & pinion steering, disc brakes, yada, yada. The Gen I Dakota was made from '87 to '96 and the '91 to '96 used a 318 V8 as an option, so everything would be set up for the "A" motor of your choice, 273, 318, 340 or 360. There will be no dinkin' around with fabricating motor mounts or moving the motor to the passenger side to miss the steering or any of the other contortions usually associated with a frame/clip swap that isn't well thought out beforehand. Of course, once you have your hands on a 360, a 408 stroker kit is only a phone call away. http://www.speedomotive.com/ps-140-1...roker-kit.aspx
Using the rear clip from a V8 Dakota would also give you a beefy differential, suspension and springs, as well as good brakes on the other end of the truck.
Gen I track width is 60.7" front and 59.5" rear.
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