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Old 02-10-2009, 07:52 PM
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50 Studebaker pickup frame swap

I need to know what frame would be easy to swap out for....i've seen everything from Dodge Dakotas and S10s to Astro vans used for this but dont know what would be best. Please help!

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How about a 50 Studebaker frame, they seem to work pretty good. Honestly, I just can't understand why this frame swapping pops into peoples minds. They are looking for a way out of the work envolved in swapping suspension components and such, when the frame swap is only swapping work as well! It is only different work, that is all it is. It isn't saving work, it isn't saving money, it is just different work and different money!

Stick with the original frame, us a Mustang II front and a 8" rear on leafs and you are good to go.

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I agree with Martinsr. Keep the frame you have just box it in. I have a 1953 Studebaker truck and it has a stiff frame already. I plan to keep the original parts "original" and fabricate new ones from the originals for the finished product. Go to Barnes and Noble book store. They have books on fabricating frames, suspention, and strengthening what you have. You could also use the frame you have as a template and make one from scratch to fit your truck.

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I think the reason guys look at frame swaps, is to update their suspension, brakes etc.............It seems that it would be the easier way to get all this newer stuff....and sometimes it may be true. Other times, not so much........

I have done one frame swap......and one clip onto the existing frame....Both worked well for me, both were trucks....which I think is much easier to deal with than a car.
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I still swear that the easiest way is to just use the front clip from a newer truck, then build your own frame rails from firewall back. That way you don't have to mess with cutting and reusing rusty steel, and moving things in the way. It also allows you to get the right kick in the back to clear the axle and fuel tank. Seriously, if you are thinking of doing a frame swap, then you do know how to cut and weld in the first place.
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Everyone has an opinion

You have given the guy different ways to go, now he can decide. I just made a frame swap on my '40 ford sedan. I used a 1993 S10 extended cab truck as a donor. It had a running 4.3L Vortex engine and 4L60 trans. Plus power steering, front disc brakes. All the modern conveniences, plus all the other extras i could use in my car as well. Like cruise control, A/C items under the hood, Windshield wiper motor, all the dash components like switched, gauges steering wheel, and linkage, emergency brake pedal and cables and so on. Frame was not rusted, just a little dirty and greasy. Cleaned that and painted it all up. I have two other '40 fords as well that have taken the other routes. Mustang2 front suspension, TCI rear suspension. 8' ford rearend. Aftermarket power brake system under the floor. A lot of work and expense. The other one is all stock. I bet that the one with the frame change will drive better in the end. The S10 truck was a nice one and i got it for 1100 bucks. Cheap actually for all those parts. Pics on my site at http://gemsprojects.shutterfly.com/
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New project of a frame swap

I am getting a '49 Studebaker Truck that will get the S10 frame under it as well. I like the looks of the old cars and trucks but dont like to drive them in their original state. I grew up with them. Being spoiled with the new car extras and soft ride and power components, makes it hard to return to the old ways.
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But you can do all that with the original frame!

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The S-10 frame has those odd shapes to it where the original cab sets that can make life a bit difficult. what I have done on my project is to save the front crossmember and all the steering and suspension as well as the rear kickups and then used square tube to connect the two ends..makes a nice chassis without a lot of expense and gets rid of all the curves and kinks in the newer chassis that makes mountin older bodies difficult..

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But you can do all that with the original frame!

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Yes you can Brian, but all those parts are expensive. Thats why for me it is easier to go with the frame swap. I have one i did all the changes on my original frame and its cost me a lot of money. I dont have lots of money.
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Yes you can Brian, but all those parts are expensive. Thats why for me it is easier to go with the frame swap. I have one i did all the changes on my original frame and its cost me a lot of money. I dont have lots of money.
Another thing i have done wrong is have 5 cars at the same time to restore and have bought another one to add to that. Since all these cars take a lot of money to rebuild, i have really screwed myself. http://gemsprojects.shutterfly.com/
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57 Stude truck frame swap

I have a 57 studebaker truck I have owned for quite a long time. Years ago I installed a chrysler front suspension with the tortion bar setup. That worked well but a few years later I found that not only was the corrosion bad on the back of my frame, but there was a crack in the frame. I took a notepad paper, pencil and tape measure to a local junkyard and found that a late 80s GM truck frame was a good fit for the body. I ended up taking an 88 Silverado longbed frame, cutting out 18 inches of it and mounted my body on it. I was surprised how simple it was. I used the original front cab mount arms and the Stude gas tank and front mount. I fabricated from 2 inch angle, the rear cab mount, the rear fuel tank mount and the cab was in place. I then cut the ends off the front and rear frame and made small brackets again from 2 inch angle for the bumper mounts. The bed sat right down onto the frame and was easily mounted. The most involved part was connecting the steering box to my steering column. Because of the frame width, I purchased offset rims to get the tires back farther under the fenders. This swap was not so tough, I think it the hot setup for the old Studfebaker trucks.
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Stude truck on full size GM frame

Heres a couple pictures of the truck on the GM frame after I installed lowering spindles, shorter coil springs and lowered the rear a bit.
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