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Old 09-29-2012, 02:21 PM
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I have a 1948 Dodge pick up with a 108" wheelbase. I am looking for a late model Dodge chassis to bolt the body on but I have no idea what I'm looking for. Help

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I had a 1979 Dodge Van it's wheelbase was 109".
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I think I might have to go that route and strech the bed but would like to find a mach to what I got
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But thanks for the info
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I had a 1979 Dodge Van it's wheelbase was 109".
Um, the 79 Dodge van is a unibody, it has no frame.

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I have a 1948 Dodge pick up with a 108" wheelbase. I am looking for a late model Dodge chassis to bolt the body on but I have no idea what I'm looking for. Help
There is no frame no where, it doesn't exist to "bolt" the body of your truck onto. ANY Frame that isn't a 1948 Dodge (47-49 or what ever years that were exact) body will NOT "Bolt on".


Using ANY other frame requires LOT'S of fabrication, time and money.

Have you looked into upgrading the original frame? What are your expectations? Do you plan on driving across country all the time? Rock climbing? Daily driver in town? What are your expectations for this truck when it's done?

Brian
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What the heck is going on around here?...Is it "Swap a frame" week?
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The truck will be a weekend toy / back up vehicle. I'm just trying to upgrade the truck so it won't cost me an arm and a leg to repair it.
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Look here.
Projects Here's one for the mopar fans---1950 Pilothouse build - THE H.A.M.B.

Also search on the HAMB for pilothouse. A wack of threads there.
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Ok I will check it out thanks
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I can't for the life of me figure out how someone thinks it's cheaper to change frames and drive trains to late model and be CHEAPER to maintain? That was the very reason why I got rid my late model complicated throw away parts junk and got a good old simple car to use every day. I don't get it, sorry.

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I'm talking about "if I can find one" a early 80s frame and drive train instead of a 1940s drive train. I'm not going to put a computer in it.
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I'm sure if I went original rebuild, the old truck would out last anything on the road but at the same time I don't have the money to special order the parts for it, although it would be cool
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I'm sure if I went original rebuild, the old truck would out last anything on the road but at the same time I don't have the money to special order the parts for it, although it would be cool
A Dakota can be had at 112" WB (details here), and will allow you to run a LA V8 MOPAR engine. Disc front brakes, automatic and AC if you want, etc.

Another possibility is an S-10 regular bed (108.3" WB). Can be found stock w/the 4.3L V6 or kits available to fit a SBC. More here.

Wheelbase data

WB, track width measurements

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I'm sure if I went original rebuild, the old truck would out last anything on the road but at the same time I don't have the money to special order the parts for it, although it would be cool
If that is what would be cool to you, DO IT! Listen, if you just started digging into this you are finding the parts are hard to find. Move into the vintage Dodge truck "Community" and you will be blow away at how easy it is to find parts!

First off, truck parts are available for YEARS from many different manufacturers including the original.Trucks are used MUCH longer than cars as they are work horses. Because of this Dodge probably kept parts for that truck on it's shelves for decades. I bought new parts from GM for my 48 Chevy (we are talking 47-53 trucks only parts) up into the 80's!

Your truck is a VERY simple design, they are so ridiculously simple. The motor is used for years, parts are easy to find.

It would blow you away at how you may likely find brake parts for your truck at a local parts store, we are talking a REAL parts store not a McParts like Peppy boys or Kragen or something. I walked into a parts store here in town that services the shops who repair cars for a living. They had in stock the wheel cylinders and master cylinders for my 59 Rambler! The engine parts, they could order, they had the distributor cap and rotor in stock, brake light switch, fan belt, and all kinds of other parts, IN STOCK.

If you want the original truck stuff, just start looking, take your time. I have on my cel phone the number of an AMC parts place that is only about 35 miles from me. I can call him and get anything for my flat head powered Rambler and it would be in the mail the next day if I wanted it bad enough.

Move into the Dodge Truck "community" find a good Dodge truck forum, you can get anything you need and most of the time it doesn't cost any more. You need to do some homework, it may cost a bunch, I don't know your truck. But I am suspecting it is not that big of a deal being it's a truck. Believe me, changing everything over costs a LOT more usually. It's a myth, a total myth that updating is cheaper. I rebuilt my motor, clutch, all the brakes we are talking complete, lines and all. I did the whole thing for about $2000. This is having the motor rebuild of course, I didn't even put it together. Swapping out the drive train and brakes and everything with something super common would have still cost more.

I watched ebay everyday making "newly posted" Rambler parts a favorite in my book marks. I could click on that every day and see what was just posted. I bought all kinds of stuff on there "buy it now" for pennies on the dollar, NOS brake shoes, steering parts, a steering wheel, horn button, this is all for a 1959 Rambler, all there ready for me to buy and now I drive the car every day and LOVE it.

If that is what you want, do it, you don't need to spend a ton of money to "update" it.

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