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Old 03-18-2011, 08:27 PM
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Frame body swap ford truck

I have heard 53-56 ford truck cab and bed will fit on newer short bed trucks up to 79. Does anyone have any knowledge on this? This would be great for the truck I want to build for my daughter. Power steerig and better suspension and all that.

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Here's a very detailed instruction to change a 49-52 to an S-10 frame at

http://www.geocities.com/lakota_circ...cer/swap1.html

Not sure if it would work on a 53-56 but if gives you info on what would be involved.
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any chassis will fit on any frame
it all depends on you fabrication abilities
i've seen a volvo on a power wagon chassis
is it a cheap/easy alternative? in a word, no
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I have heard 53-56 ford truck cab and bed will fit on newer short bed trucks up to 79. Does anyone have any knowledge on this? This would be great for the truck I want to build for my daughter. Power steerig and better suspension and all that.
Not sure, but it may....The boxes are similar. ....Only way to really tell is to have them side by side and get the measuring tape out. My biggest concern would be the width. Seems to me a later truck is quite a bit wider.
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I would be very surprised if the '53-'56 body would be an easy fit on a later chassis. The later trucks are very wide plus the front suspension went from an 'I' beam to a coil twin 'I' beam. But - like said above, if you have good fab skills, a good collection of tools plus a good selection of parts - let us know how you make out

Oh yeah - there are several companies that make replacement chassis for that vintage - here's one: http://www.totalcostinvolved.com/productdet.cfm
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Here is the cold hard truth, there is NO Frame that cab and bed will "fit on" other than the original, NONE, ZERO. To put it on any other frame will take a bunch of modification and fabricating.

The original frame is the best one for the truck and it can be modified to do what you want your truck to do (ride, handling, performance) much easier than modifying the wrong frame to "fit" under your vintage Ford.

My brother has one of these trucks with a Chrysler front end that bolted on with a kit, and a modern leafs in the rear with a later rear end. It all BOLTED ON with no modifications what so ever and it has power disc brakes and power steering.

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It depends. Most two wheel drive 70s Ford frames are 34" wide, the same as a 53 to 56 Ford frame. So body mounts are easy. But the tread width on a 53 to 56 is about 60" and on a 70s Ford it's about 65". If you use wheels with a lot of backspacing it will work. Next, the engine is not in the right place, it has to move forward. You have to figure out the steering, brakes, ect. And the real kicker, the frame will still be at least 30 years old and everything will need rebuilding.
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Good point, if you have to rebuild the wrong frame and modify it to go under the cab and bed you might as well rebuild the right frame that is already there.

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Thanks for all the input guys, I looked at a 53 today body was in real good shape maybe three places rust had gotten bad no motor or trans had been cut out and was pretty rough. I passed on it at $1700 no dents in good shape but I think I can find a better one more complete I hope. I am not that experienced enough to tackle that I will find one and do a new front endand go that way for my little girl. She is a motor head at 11 yrs old. Thanks so much for the info I have learned a ton. This site rocks!
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