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Old 08-24-2011, 09:41 PM
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1949 5 window dodge truck

user name konica. i have a 1949 dodge truck. the truck was my great grandfathers. i would like to put it on a half ton later model chevy frame with a 350. however i do not know which frame would accomplish this.

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Measure you wheelbase and start searching! What's wrong with the frame that's under it? Never done a chassis swap myself, but I see no reason to swap one if your frame is fine.
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user name konica. i have a 1949 dodge truck. the truck was my great grandfathers. i would like to put it on a half ton later model chevy frame with a 350. however i do not know which frame would accomplish this.
All I can see is a stillborn project sitting out behind the shed. Leave the damned truck alone and buy a late model Chevy truck if that's what you want. Give or sell the Dodge to someone who can appreciate it for what it is and who will restore it to stock original.

Every galoot and his brother wants to do a frame swap without knowing ANYTHING about how to go about it.
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There is no such thing as a frame "swap" other than the frame from another identical truck. Frame "swaps" are not "low buck" they are money, time and work "swaps" is all they are. If you spend the same money, time and work on the original frame you will be WAY ahead.

A nicely done "clip" is way ahead of a changing the whole frame in my opinion, but that's just me. I really don't like either one.

Have you driven the truck with a proper set up original suspension? They drive very nice, there may be no need to change it at all if you haven't driven it.

But a Mustang II kit is probably the best way to go if you want to upgrade it. Mustang II up front and new springs out back that lower the truck and provide a better ride are out there by the ZILLIONS in the street rod manufacturers community.

If you change the frame you no longer even have that cool old truck, it has no identity any longer, it doesn't know what it is! Is it old, is it new?

Look at the frames side by side, they are DRASTICALLY different, how can they "swap"? Could the door off that truck "swap" with a door from a 1980 Elcamino? They are both rectagular, they both have two hinges and a window, they both have a door handle, so they can "swap" right?

The frames are DRASTICALLLY different and to "swap" them takes the skill of swapping the doors, if you have that skill, go for it.

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I second martinsr ' recommendation.

We put a 48 jeepster on a 78 blazer frame. It was a LOT more work than A guy at a car show said who had put a 55 jeep pickup on a blazer. WE Had to move the engine back to fit in the shorter 48 nose. that ment new drive shafts. trans, engine e brake steering gas tank mounting, rear seat area floor pan Mods. Rear bumper, body mounting brackets. etc etc....To keep it mopar mabe do a dodge dakota front suspension. later mopar rear axle. mopar v8.
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All I can see is a stillborn project sitting out behind the shed. Leave the damned truck alone and buy a late model Chevy truck if that's what you want. Give or sell the Dodge to someone who can appreciate it for what it is and who will restore it to stock original.

Every galoot and his brother wants to do a frame swap without knowing ANYTHING about how to go about it.
I love the way you always say what I am thinking. It brings to mind a cherry 48 F-3 I found that has been sitting haphazardly on a chevy frame every since the well meaning gomers that started the swap realized they were in way over their heads.
I have seen old pickup bodys put on Blazer or 1/2 ton 4x4 frames and some sorta look ok except they are always too wide and the front tires look like they don't belong to the truck.
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