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Old 12-27-2005, 09:18 PM
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49` Ford pick-up late model parts that fit?

I have just got a F-1 49` ford pickup. Does anyone know of other models that has parts that will bolt up or with little mods. Looking for models that are easy to find. What is the best front end for a cruiser. It still has the original drive train and engine. A 239 flathead that will turn over by hand. I think it will be a great build truck. The bed is not in great shape but I`m going to just build a new one. The front end and cab sheet metal is in good shape. Except for the floor pans and rocker panels. So any help with drive train parts,front end,axles, brakes,anything will be of great help. Any grills that fit from other cars from the era. I don`t like the grill that is in the truck. Looking for a grill that could be modified to fit.


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If you change the front fenders, the 51-52 grill will fit.

Also, I used a Nova front clip, which gives you the power steering, brakes, Chevy v8, etc.

There are many other ways to go....Mustang 11 front end, Volaire clip, Dodge Dakota to mention a few.

If it were me, and the flathead runs well, I would stay with that. I didn't get a motor with mine, so I improvised with what I had laying around.
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Thanks for the replys. I`m really looking for late model parts that will fit the drive train. Rear ends,steering boxes,Spindles,disc brakes,and so on.I`m not sure if there are any that will fit.
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Go thru the knowledge base and check out the project journals as several of the guys here have been there done that with those trucks..

if you run into some real specific issues let us know and we will try and help you..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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The 48-52 F-1 Ford Pick up is unique. I have a 52 F-1 and spent months on Ford forums trying to figure out simple ways to upgrade to power steering, power brakes, discs, etc. Everything I found was either too expensive or involved torch work. Only the 48-52 F series body parts are interchangeable. There was only one part (aside from engine parts) that is a swap out with later years...The rear end. I opted for the Chevy S-10 frame swap. I spent weeks researching it, and finally made the decision. For a few buck at the junk yard, I've got independant front suspension, power steering, power disc front brakes, ABS rears, a boxed frame already lowered a good 10 inches. If you want to know more about the swap, I've got a website with pics about it.

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