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Old 06-25-2012, 12:15 PM
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Can 66 f100 body bolt onto a 80 f150 frame

I am looking to cut a 1980 F150 Explorer Truck frame short bed and make it longer to place a 1966 F100 long bed / cab on the frame.

Question: will it all bolt together.

The 1980 frame has all new tie rods, suspension, king pins, new brakes, new alignment.

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Old 06-25-2012, 12:24 PM
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NO, it will NOT "bolt on" but with a ton of fab work you can make it fit.

I don't have any details as I have never done one but NO frame that didn't come with the car or truck you are working on is going to "Bolt on", EVER, NO other frame will do that. It takes fabrication to MAKE it work, some times it's worth it, other times it would be a big waste of time.

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Not going to be easy deal..you wil need to fab new body mounts to match the ones on the body..I would leave the frame as a short box and find another box instead of using the long box..Once you set the body on and line up the wheel wells then the rest falls into place..Hope you are a good welder and fabricator..

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A better frame and Cost savings.

Can a 1966 have the ride of a 1980.
Can I use the power steering pump and still use the steering column.
Will drop down spindles and front disc brakes make the difference.

The question was can I weld, YES, and fab, YES. I can see making body
mounts and placing them in location. I guess I will just have to do it.
I want to make it a 4 x 4, auto. Thanks Mo
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That is different Michael, you asked if it "bolts on", no it doesn't. But it sounds like you can make it work, you knew the answer before you asked.

I personally am not big on frame swaps, but this is one that can make sense. If you want that much of a change (the 4x4 for example) the frame swap makes more sense.

How about posting a bunch of photos as you go!

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Moving a 66 2x4 body to a 86 4x4 both long beds

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I now have a 1966 long bed F100 2x4 with a c-6 transmission, I would like to move the body to a running F150 1986 4x4 long bed. Will these bodies interchange?
The 86 has a 5.0 fuel injected. The wheel base is about 4" longer.
I know I will have to decrease the frame on the 86, and the drive train.

I did not see where to post a question.
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It's not a bolt on swap. Frames changed big time in '80 and '80-'86 are mostly the same. You'll probably find it's the right width and shape might be close, but compare the wheelbase, and see if you have to shorten ( or lengthen ) the chassis ( compare wheelbase to get a clue ) . Body mounts will also need built.. To do this swap right, you really need a pre '79 F100/F150 as a donor. With some fabrication, you could always swap the beam mounts to the '66 frame. The Twin Traction beam trucks ( what the '88 is ) uses the same mounts for a 2wd as a 4x4. There is a mount for the transfer case and the differential case that would need welded on.. It is feasable that way but you need some major skills because I doubt it's done very much, if it has been at all.. Starting in '80 the beams were no longer straight, they have a little bend in each beam, so you couldn't use the '66 mounts. Twin traction beam came out in the 80's, all 4x4's before that were solid axle.
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i have a welder and a torch, i can make anything fit anything
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66 body move to a 1986 4x4 running cassy.

Hello Matt
Thank you for the information. Looks like I should have looked for a 79 4x4 running cassy. I guess I could sell the 86 4x4 and look for a 79 4x4.

I should asked first. I just thought it would be tough to make it a 4x4.
The 66 has no rust, straight body, doors all click shut.
I guess pulling the axles and rear off and placing the frame right on the frame of the 86 using the 66 as a lift kit is out of the question. Ha Thanks for your time.
Michael
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