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Old 10-20-2002, 11:10 AM
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does anyone know what frame and floorpan will work the easiest when attempting to put a 49 chevy body on another year frame leaving the floorpan on the newer frame and channeling the chevy body over that floor pan ????? dick dean does this with 49 51 mercurts i am thinking any earlier (1970 to 1980) floorpan could be welded to the chevy body, but would like to know what would work the easiest,??? thanke Al Cooper

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NOT THE ALICE COOPER?
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THAT SEEMS ONE HELLOVA JOB!WHY NOT GO WITH 48 FRAME + NEW FRONT CLIP + REAR AXLE,I THINK IT"LL BE A LOT CHEAPER,NOT TO SAY EASYIER,YOU MUST BE ABLE TO GET DECENT BITS IN YOUR BREAKERS YARDS OVER THERE?
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try g.m. intermediates (G-body)or monte carlo or grand prix frames you may have to lengthen some, but i've seen some well done conversions,lots of work but here in michigan the frames and floors on the old cars are usually victims of ma nature and the late model conversions start to look pretty good
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Thanks, i kinda thought any g body might work, the original frame is rusted pretty bad so wanted to put the chevy on a newer floor pan and ronning gear, Al
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No not alice cooper , just a poor streetrodder, I can get complete cars here cheap, i have built 2 49 mercurys,putting them on 78buick floor pan and running gear, if you get a matching wheel base car the change is a lot of work, but the ride and handeling is great. i just have never built any chevys, and the 49 coupe might be a little different than the mercurys, so i thought if someone had done this swap i could save a littletime using your experience with the swap ... thanks Al
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hello I have a 55 ford truck i want to change the frame. What should I do ?
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You could try starting your own thread... and do some research on the forum and the net, there's a fair bit of info out there. Are you planning on using the truck as a truck or just for cruising? That could affect what you should start with.
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No not alice cooper , just a poor streetrodder, I can get complete cars here cheap, thanks Al

Are you the Al Cooper with the yellow 32 Ford........with Jag stuff ??

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hello I have a 55 ford truck i want to change the frame. What should I do ?
I don't see how this could save any time or money. Unless you are on a deserted island and you have no original frame and there is a doner frame sitting there.

My brother did his 55 Ford F-100 keeping the original frame with a bolt in Volare front kit and some other leafs in the back with sway bars. This truck handles and drives like a car it is VERY nice. Modifying EVERYTHING just doesn't seem like a way to me.

And when I say EVERYTHING, I mean EVERYTHING needs to be fabbed, not just the "body mounting". Every friggen bumper braket, steering, brake peddles, muffler hangers, brake lines, a hump in the floor, another hump in the floor, radiator support needs to be narrowed, inner fenders reshaped, running board brakets need to be redesigned, and on and on. Now, I don't know if all the things I just mentioned would actually need to be done, but I will bet they will, AND MORE.

It is MUCH easier to modify an original frame.

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You could try starting your own thread... and do some research on the forum and the net, there's a fair bit of info out there. Are you planning on using the truck as a truck or just for cruising? That could affect what you should start with.
THANKS,I tried to make my own thread but I dont get no response. Im new at this I dont no want Im doing wrong
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'50 Chevy P'up onto '91 GMC K-1500 Chassis

Along the lines of this discussion, I'm currently "modifying" the pan and firewall on my '50 Chevy 3-window body so it'll fit on a '91 GMC 4x4 chassis. The big difference between these two is that the old truck body sat completely above the drivetrain, while the newer truck body sat down over the frame with a "hump" for drivetrain. It requires a "slot" about 14" wide from the lower firewall back under the seat (need to clear the transfer case). I'll add a sheetmetal console to cover the slot.

Why am I doing this? I love the '50 Chevy 3-window bodystyle, but I need the 4x4 aspect (we've rec'd over 12' . . . that's right, twelve feet of snow since early November).

Maury in Steamboat
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