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Old 06-02-2002, 09:36 AM
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I am street rodding a 26' model T tudor. I am undecided about a v-8 with a new frame or using a v-6 with original frame. I have seen Buick v-6 with a turbo 350 using a Chevy II rear.
Which is the better way to go? I'm not looking for a race car. Just a nice family hot rod.
Any info would help. Thanks, Chris.

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Hotrodderchris,Chances are that original frame isn't in the best of shape.Even if it was you'd still need to square it up and box it.That old steel does have a habit of cracking.(Think Titanic)I think you'd be a lot safer in a repop frame.You did say it was for the family.
Justify the added expence to the wife that way.You can always sell the original frame and suspension to the restorer boys.
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i would go with a new frame either way. think how old it is and the technology,metallergy. lot less problems in the future if u put new frame under it now. good luck with your 26.
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The original frame would be fine assuming it checks out OK as far as straightness and twist. If you plan to use it just have it magufluxed to check for cracks. You would probably want to box it, but that isn't hard, just a little time consuming. It would, however, be better to sell the frame to someone who is restoring a T and needs one. Orginal parts for old cars are few and far between. So if you are going to rod it I would order a repro that is already boxed and ready to go. As for engine...I like the Buick V6 idea. To many people are stuck on small block Chevy, Mustang II front end, and Ford 9". Let's see some originality!!!
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