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Old 07-12-2010, 08:56 PM
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1960 diamond T

Hey all first post here. Im building my first RR and have bought the following

1. 1985 5.7L 350 74,000K
2. 1978 Turbo 350 Trans
3. Ford 9'' Rear End
4. 1960 Diamond T cab [URL=http://blandonfire.com/images/BlandonFC%2013-Old%20App.jpg]

I was going to used a chevy s-10 frame and take off the A Frame but have ruled against that. Do you think that there is another chassis that would be able to accept this cab. It is from a 1 1/2 ton truck.

I like the strait axle open front rods and that is what i plan to build. This is my last option before I build my own frame.

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Bret

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I have a customer that built a 62 Peterbilt Rat. He used commercial 2/8 channel. Extreme strength. Used a cross spring 40-48 ford front end and an S-10 with adapters to install big set of dualie rear tires..454 chev powered, unchopped, dual cab stacks, early fifties Chevy bed.. Truck sets about 5 ft. at the top of the roof.
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My suggestion would be to invest a little money into some books on the subject. There is an old saying..."You don't know what you don't know". Do some reading and then you will be armed to ask more questions on the board.
http://www.amazon.com/How-Build-Chea...93640&sr=1-1#_
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I actually already bought that book the other day and im reading it as we speak
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I'm building the same type of truck, I have a 1950 Mack E type.
This was the smaller 2 ton truck of its day. I was thinking of the rat style but I dont want to cut the grill down and it to long stock to get it to sit as low as a rat rod should be. I going to also use 37 ford or 37 International PU front fenders since the Mack ones are to big. They did build a Mack PU in those days but there to rare to find. So getting to your question, maybe just use an old 40s or 50s pu truck frame, they have strait rails and are easy to find parts for. 53 to 56 fords had stait axles and everthing to rebuild them is out there. Are you going to run front fenders?
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Check out this thread over on the HAMB. John is a friend of mine.


http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=376952
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Im not running front fenders. Im running just the grille open front with no hood. I have the 1948 Ford strait frame with the I beam front axle. Running a 99 exploder rear end with disc brakes. Im keeping the front axle bc i love it and running hairpins. 295/50/15 in rear and 255/60/15 in front. Im going to z the frame but bc im 6'3'' i dont think that i am going to chop the cab we will see when i get there.

350 v8 sbc Engine is getting bored .030 over as I type this in. Agressive cam, vortec heads milled and a valve job. Flat top pistons and new rings and bearings. should put out 350+ hp

we will see right.
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