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38 Ford Slantback Frame Options???

I am looking at a 38 Ford slantback for my next project. Up to now I have restored a 55 Chevy and a 69 Camaro. Both were just take aparts and put together restorations. This project would be a little more of a challenge. The car does have a good original frame. Without spending huge bucks, what are my frame modification or swap options? I would like to run a 350 Chevy and auto tranny, just a nice cruiser, nothing to race or get crazy with. Would like power steering, power brakes etc. What would be the options for front and rear suspensions that would be reasonable. I am sure there is probably no simple frame swap with and S10 or anything that would look decent. But if anyone has any experience with this particular car, let me know. Also, there seem to be tons of stuff for a 37 Ford Slantback. Will all of the frame components be the same for a 38? Thanks for any help as I decide if I want to tackle this project. Thanks again

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The 1935-40 Ford car frames were the same; so anything you can get for the 37 will fit. If you want to go with an ifs or dropped I beam/tube axle you can. There are lots of kits for front and rear suspensions available using elliptical or coil springs or coil over shocks. Lots of disc brake conversions as well. This would be a great car to rebuild. Good luck.

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I just put the body back on a 36 Sedan Delivery project, ed-zackery as you describe. Chassis engineering makes all the pieces to replace the crossmember and engine mounts for a 350/350 swap. They make a parallel leaf rear end swap kit for 10 bolts or 9". They claim it can be done with the body on, but I'm real glad I took mine off. I opted to split the wish bone and run the original front end until funds/time become available for a MustangII IFS crossmember mod.

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1935-40 Frames were build more robustly than the earlier Frames, so there tend to be more useable ones out there. There are a lot of ways to build them, lots of Companies out there that offer either completely new Frames or well built original ones.

I agree with the others here, great Car to build, lots of options, longer Wheelbase compared to '34 and earlier for a good ride, can be built to look amazing, and a good bunch of Suppliers for Parts.

Good Luck and let us know what you decide!
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