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Old 09-30-2002, 07:19 PM
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ok, i have the option to get a model A chassis, suspension, front fenders/grille shell, most of the engine and tranny. what i need to know are multiple things:
are car and truck frames the same? if not, how can i tyell?
what should i check out prior to taking it? like, what are the main things that go wrong with the suspension and frame? i wont be using the drivetrain, so that doesnt matter.
lastly, anyone have a pickup cab?
thanks, guys.
mike

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Old 10-01-2002, 05:08 AM
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standard model a frames are the same for cars and trucks. If its a 1 ton youll know...chances are its not. itll be huge!!
look for serious pitting in the frame and other than that. 70+ year old car still rolling aint bad!
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Look for obvious things like cracks, bending, etc. Model 'A' frames are quite puny. If you're building a street rod with a modern V-8 engine you'll want to box it in and it still will be plenty flexy. I'd recommend building a copy of that frame from 3" X 2" X .120" rectangular tubing. I've built several of these and they're far better than the original. I used the original front frame horns on mine so the fenders were a perfect fit. You'll notice that the rear crossmember on the original is a channel shape with the toes down. I suggest making a "C" kickup over the rear axle on a tube frame. This will allow the rear of the frame to sit at a lower height. If you don't do this the rear axle housings will hit the underside of the tube
frame or the car will sit too high if you allow adequate clearance. I'll try to answer any other questions you have if you post them here.
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WELL, IM GOIN WITH A TRADITIONAL/RAT ROD ON THE CHEAP. SO, THATS KINDA THE PLAN. THE FRAMES ONLY 50 BUCKS, SO I CAN ACTUALLY AFFORD IT. THANKS FOR THE ADVICE. ANYTHING ELSE?
sorry bout the caps. didnt realize they were on till too late, and im too tire to type it again.
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