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Old 05-18-2008, 01:45 PM
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Mounting a 29 Ford pickup bed on the "Stock Frame"???

I'm trying to decide whether to build a T Bucket or a 29 Model A. The Rolling chassis's don't seem to be that different cost-wise, just the body obviously...

I was wondering how the truck bed is mounted on the 29 frame (not a 32 frame)...? I see some Z'd frames and the bed is simply mounted on the kicked up part. But on Non Z'd frames, I'm not sure... The beds seem to be mounted high, so I'm wondering if the beds are mounted on pedestals on top of the frame, and the bottom "bed skirts" cover them up?? A majority of these are fendered, so its hard to see how this is actually done.. I would go with the non fendered look if I pull the trigger...

The truck body option would probably be around $6000-$6500 (Brookville body + finished truck bed)... Expensive, but not too bad I guess considering what other body makes cost (32, 40 ford, etc..)....

Probably a simple answer, but it seems difficult to see from just scanning pictures....

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The original bed is mounted very simply. There are a pair of "extenders bolted to the bed and they are cross bolted into the frame ends and there are a pair of bolts bolted down through the frame at the front of the bed. It is not meant to carry more than a few hundred pounds, about all the 35 HP four banger and mechanical brakes would handle. My neighbor is restoring a 29 PU and he and I lifted the tiny bed onto the frame very easily. Almost like mounting a big wheel barrow tub !!

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Just an f.y.i. you can usually z a model a frame in the rear without any or only minimal alterations to the body. My model a roadster had a "Z"d frame in the rear, and I only had to alter the floorpan subrail in that area, I ran a 235/75-15 that filled the rear wheelwell, and the car had a slight rake. I only "Zd' the frame the width of the frame rail(so, in essence, the frame rail bottom was now where the top frame rail is) you can look at t.c.i. frame rails for a model a pickup. as they extend the rail to the end of the bed also. I did the same thing to my roadster, and built a trailer hitch into the extension.
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A Pickup bed

You can kick the rear of your frame about 2" and still mount the bed like a stocker. You will have to use a flat rear crossmember though. The problem that you will run into is clearance for the rear housing pumkin. If you extend the frame rails you will cure that problem. The skirt on the bed will hid this modifacation.

If you want a taller kick, you will have to build a riser off the frame rail at the front of the bed. This will also make it nesessary to fab a filler panel to go between the frame and the bed for a more finished look.

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Take a look at what TCI and/or Brookville do with their 'A' frame rails. TCI with their newer design uses coil overs and uses a different cross member design.

The attached shows my frame but with a '32 style gas tank mod. You can see the design TCI use to go around the differential housing. Brookville uses a somewhat similar design, but it goes over the differential though - and is almost identical to the old TCI 'A' frames.

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Nice chassis Irish... With that kick in the frame rail you would want to check the clearance when using a pickup box. Henry had to put a metal pan in the floor of the bed to clear the rear cross member. By the way, the A rear crossmember is 3" above the top of the side rails. You only have about 2" to play with if you are using a flat cross member.

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