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Old 01-10-2002, 12:48 PM
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i have a 51 ford pick up and want to put a chry sub frame and suspension under it.i was told that hot rodders are using aspen,volare subframe and suspension.what i am looking for is some information on how it is done or some picture of what it look like.any help whould be great

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Old 01-11-2002, 05:16 AM
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A friend is building a early 50s truck with a front clip from an old dodge of plymouth. I will see If I can get some info for you.
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Bill,

I did a '53 but it's frame is wider.. you can see what I did at <a href="http://jniolon.clubfte.com" target="_blank">http://jniolon.clubfte.com</a> look in the left frame for the article... also try the message boards on ford-truck.com... go to the early ford forum and ask there.. I know there are guys there that have done the f-1 conversions..

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The 51-52 Ford truck frame is narrower than later years. You would be better off using a mustang II crossmember kit with the mustang control arms/spindles etc.. The mustang has rack and pinion steering that is compact, Mounts to the front of the crossmember, is easily serviced and does not take much space. The dodge/chrysler has a steering box mounted on the subframe assembly that can interfer with locating the engine correctly when used on narrow frame vehicles. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR PROJECT.
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Hey Bill, sounds like you have your work cut out for you. I suggest trying the hot rod/street rod truck magazines for pictures and more information.
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The frame in the 48-52 trucks is quite a bit narrower than the 53's forward which frequently use the Aspen torsion bar set up. So, I am immediately skeptical that it will fit. I used a first gen camaro front clip on mine and later narrowed it with FatMan Fabs. a arms. It works but in the end is still a $700 ticket because of the narrowed A arms. After all I have been through, I would suggest a Must II kit at whatever level of completion you feel you can afford or do yourself. You get a lot of options, the right width (you can always make them wider with different wheel back spacing)and a couple of different disc brake options. You also can get disc brake kits to fit your current front end and dropped spindles.
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beinging a ford man with trucks in mind its good to see all of you i have a 80 f100with a 351c i hope to have done by the springfield cruise here in mo good luck all gordon
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