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Old 07-25-2005, 12:36 PM
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frame stub for 57 fairlane

I recently purchased a stage 3 frame stub from the fatman, does anyone know anyone who may have installed one of these kits nad what if any problems they may have had??

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I have a friend who did a 49 or 50 Ford front stub from the Fatman....

He said it fit OK and worked .

When I worked on one...I used Jamco stuff.....did not want to cut the frame in half.

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I just witnessed one of these installed in a 46 or so Pontiac at a local rod shop. As long as you have a good level concrete floor to work from it should go in relatively easy. Directions should have come with the kit, but in a nut shell:

1. Level the stock frame on jack stands.
2. Take all the sheet metal off the front and the tires, but leave suspension on for now.
3. Check level -- you'll be doing this a lot!
4. Use a plumb bob and mark the center of the hubs on the floor in front. Turn the wheels straight to mark. Make sure your mark is relatively permanent! A Sharpie works great and will come up w/paint thinner later. You DID clean the floor good first, right? Sweep and damp mop, then let dry.
5. Measure the stub from the centerline of the front suspension back. Now measure back this much on the original frame. Cut 1/4" IN FRONT of this mark -- you can trim some more later, adding metal's tougher!
6. Make sure you have supports well BEHIND the cut line as well as in front. Check level and your front wheel marks again.
7. Now take the front suspension off. Take EVERYTHING off the front of the frame you can -- the lighter the better.
8. Check level and front wheel marks again. Once everyting is right, cut the frame off. It's do or die now!!
9. Support and align the stub frame as close as you can to the front wheel marks. If everything was perfect you should be 1/4" off. You probably won't be unless really lucky!
10. Check level of frame. It better not have moved front to back or side to side, you no longer have anything to check wheelbase with (unless you took the plumb bob and marked rear wheel position as well as front, and measured in between... sounds like a good idea, doesn't it?).
11. Trim the original frame and/or stub to get a good square fit and get the wheelbase and height correct. On the Poncho the rear axle and wheels was supported at desired ride height and everything measured according to that. Center of spindle on front should be relative to distance between center of rear wheel and floor.
12. Check for level, alignment, and height. Once satisfied tack into place then check everything again. It's a good idea to let it sit over night then measure/check everything when starting fresh the next day. It's amazing what you think about lying in bed chomping at the bit to get done, and what you see the next day all fresh that you miseed trying to get as far as you could the day before.
13. Weld permanently and start reassembly. Reassembly and modifying everything to is the fun part!!

Just remember the old carpenter's rule: measure twice, cut once!! Every time you do something, measure and check for level. I can't stress that enough! Cut to much or knock something out of level a little and the project could go bad real quick! Even if it's in a locked shop and there's no way anyone could have touched it, the first thing and last thing you should do each day is check for level and squareness. Maybe something got warm or cooled down enough overnight to pull something off a bit.
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