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Old 11-30-2007, 01:34 PM
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Front End on a 49 Bedford Ute

I've got a 1949 Bedford Utility that I am getting ready to Rod. These were built in Australia, by General Motors Holden. Bedford is an English company owned by GM. Anyways, I want to do a Mustang II front end, but the kits I see are for specific models, none of which is a Holden/Bedford/GM. Do I just need to measure the distance between the frame rails, or is there any other critical measurements that I will need? This is going to be my first custom job. I did an original restoration of a 49 Chevy Fleetline about 10yrs ago, but there is a world of differnece between buying parts and bolting them on, and doing uncharted custom stuff. Any tips would be appreciated. I will get some pics up if anyone is curious.


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I can say for sure that I've never seen one before..WoW that's in nice shape.

I can't get a good idea if it is a small car?? Make sure the total width of the front end (with whatever wheel offset you will be using) will be OK with your fenders. The width of the rails is important when you order it.
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Wow thats nice
I realize you want mustII suspesion.I was wondering if you went to UK sites maybe they have something they use(rack&pinion) for front setup,just to get an idea.
The more I look at the ute...reminds me of a few aftermarket glass jobs they make.
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Thats Sleek Check with Speedway Motors on the MII front end.
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Great ute,But its funny how much a 49 bedford looks like a 36 chevy.Guess it took awhile for Austrailia to catch up.
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Thanks for the pointers. The truck size can be compared very closely to a S10 pickup. I believe the wheelbase is within a couple inches each way. If the frame was not so solid(x style frame) I was going to do a body swap with one. I dont think that will be necessary.
The body style was a carryover from the late 30's, as the war stopped any production changes for about 10 years. And being that it really is a GM product, that would explain the similarities.
Unfortunately, I have not found much info on these trucks, even in stock condition, so any rodding tips elude me for now.

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Is the steering wheel going to the leftside?
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