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Old 11-27-2012, 10:54 AM
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49 Ford Coupe on S10 Frame

As anyone done this? Looking for some good advise to know if this is possible. Have seen this appication done with other bodys. My wheel base is +/- 114", counting on my memory right now. My brides "96" S10 has a wheel base of 117", 2 wheel drive V6. I have seen whwre the frame has been cut...on other cars...and spliced back together. it looks like I can just cut out a pcs and weld back. (Sounds easy if you say it real fast). One of my queastions is the floor pan in the 49...if you go cutting and wacking...I assume you just reweld new floor plates in and arounf the new frame? I saw the vidio on utube with the 49 sedan...3 months - $3000, nice but not to much info, inregards to the ftame and the floor pan. I see where purchased lowering parts, nice look!! For sure. I think you can get the same look without spending the $$$ for the "off the shelf parts"? It would seem that you, back to the floor pan, cut the floor pan to lower the car down. I just can't figure out what happens to the seat height?
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check the s10m frame. just behind the downslope from over frontthere is a welded joint that connects the front 1/2 to the back 1/2. guys are just grinding the weld off and the sliding the two piece together a bit till they get the right wheelbase. my son had a 4x4 and it looked like a piece of cake. not sure if the 2 wheel drives are the same, but i think so. you can go to gmupfitters and get a whole bunch of info on trucks with dimensions for frames and front end geometry etc etc. it also has blueprints of the different frames with dimensions. quite a handy site if it still works. I haven't been on it for a yrear or so. i was gonna do that to my 57 gmc but decided to go with the stock frame. boxed and c notched with a mustang 11 front end from tci. i used a ford 8.8 explorer rear end with discbrakes etc, made up a 4 link with a lit from welders series out of ontario canada. nice stuff. they also have an online catalogue full of do it yourself brackets etc etc.
for the floor, just make sure to reinforce it before you cut it. otherwise it can spring out of shape. also make sure the doors stay on so you can check the fitment with every change. i haven't done the floor in my old truck yet, but I will be using 3/4 square tube for crossbracing.
sorry for the spelling mistakes. I am a one finger typer.
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:34 AM
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Copy and pasted from another "frame swap" thread.

Use your stock frame and add all the suspension changes you want and you will not devalue the car. Put the wrong frame under it and you will.

There are ZILLIONS of different, quality, new kits to put modern from and rear suspensions on your car. Don't get into the "Frame swap" thinking.

There is NO SUCH THING as a "frame swap" to put the wrong frame under it takes a LOT of skill to do right, if it can be done at all. It only swaps Time, work and money, it saves you NOTHING.

Would you imagine "swapping" the wrong fenders or doors on the body? "Swapping" the frame is no different, it won't fit and it takes a LOT of work to get it anywhere near fitting. Most of them look like a mess and the car is ruined.

Hang out here and just learn all the different things you can do, there are tons of super knowledgeable people here just start checking out stuff. There is no need to change frames.

Brian...my two cents.
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I have to agree with Brian here. there is a LOT of work to do a frame swap, and in the end you have something that often doesn't look right or has a bunch of wheel spacers to get the wheels out where they fit well. those will make the front end geometry not work well and wear tires , handle wierd etc. plus you then have to deal with a cut up floor section with drops and build ups to clearance the frame under the truck. most old stuff had a flat frame and the neweer stuff has anything but flat. talk to some guys and see what it took them for time compared to other guys that just fixed what they have. you may be surprised. if it is a cost saving thing just do the pricing to rebuild a front end with all new stuff and compare, let alone the labour time, welding supplies , steel, running around for parts, figuring out how to make mounts etc and have them look good when you are done, waste from trial and error etc etc. plus there is alot of trial and error to get all the body panels etc to fit. lots of the guys on here have been around the block already and know what it takes to get it right. just listen and go from there. that is why I went with the stock frame and added what I wanted. it is still taking me a long time to do that.I can't imagine if I had opted for a frame swap.
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