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Old 02-20-2009, 01:31 PM
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Narrowing my frame

I have a 1980 Plymouth Arrow (same as a Dodge D50) I am planning on narrowing the frame to accommodate wider tires (the truck has a small block Ford in it) I also have a D50 the same year that is my parts truck. Now my plan is to cut the frame off the back of the parts truck narrow it then using the stock frame as a guide to make sure everything is straight and square with stick I will weld the narrowed frame in between the stock frame. Once the narrowed frame is all welded in then the stock frame will be cut out. Having never done this before this seems to be the most logical way to attack this project. Also can you guys make a recommendation for a good place to find tires and rims? I am planning on swapping the rearend to an 8.8 so it will be a Ford bolt pattern I still need to determine the width of tire I am wanting to go with currently I am running a 295/60/15 which sticks out about 1" past my fender I would like to go considerably wider (this tire is about 11.6" wide I would like to get around 15-16" wide at least)

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why not just buy a set of rims that would offset the tire further inside the vehicle. I think this would be the easiest way to go rather than narrowing a frame.
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I have a 1980 Plymouth Arrow (same as a Dodge D50) I am planning on narrowing the frame to accommodate wider tires (the truck has a small block Ford in it) I also have a D50 the same year that is my parts truck. Now my plan is to cut the frame off the back of the parts truck narrow it then using the stock frame as a guide to make sure everything is straight and square with stick I will weld the narrowed frame in between the stock frame. Once the narrowed frame is all welded in then the stock frame will be cut out. Having never done this before this seems to be the most logical way to attack this project. Also can you guys make a recommendation for a good place to find tires and rims? I am planning on swapping the rearend to an 8.8 so it will be a Ford bolt pattern I still need to determine the width of tire I am wanting to go with currently I am running a 295/60/15 which sticks out about 1" past my fender I would like to go considerably wider (this tire is about 11.6" wide I would like to get around 15-16" wide at least)
I pro street-ed my Chevy luv this way.But I did it a little different.I welded in my crossmember in the back where I was going to cut the back off at.Then I narrowed the back end like I wanted to,Then welded it to the cross member.A lot easier that way.You don't have to fight the rear frame that way.
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Keeping the stock frame intact is a good idea so long as you can work around it. It will definitely help in getting the new structure true. One suggestion- purchase your tires and rims first. It is almost impossible to make assumptions based on tire manufacturer's specs. Takes the guess work out of the mix.
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Keeping the stock frame intact is a good idea so long as you can work around it. It will definitely help in getting the new structure true.

I can promise you if you ever do one that way,you will never do it again.I know I won't.It very easy to true it up,without it in your way.But everyone does things different. Good luck if you go that route!!!!
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The rear of the frame is pretty much wide open, the reason I am needing to narrow the frame is with a set of 295/60/15's my tires hang out 1 1/2 - 2" and there is about 2" between the tire and the frame. Just not enough room in there to get the amount of tire I want. I plan on getting the rims and tires first, however rims are not an easy thing to find can you guys point me in the right direction?
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