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04-24-2013 02:38 PM
poncho62 Here ya go
04-24-2013 01:42 PM
drlgking
My 47

Here is a pic of my 47.
04-24-2013 01:31 PM
drlgking
Had '47 as a kid

I had a '47 when I was young. Dad and I built it. I think it had '56 rear fenders. We put 327 Chevy with T400 trans. Here are some picks. We did lots of customizing on the interior. Sorry not pics of interior.
Lost dad and truck in wreck.
04-15-2012 07:14 AM
Mojo56
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Originally Posted by chopperfrank
It is running Mojo, I have it all together and it already got a 1st place last summer in Stock truck with six other trucks competing(small show). Now I'm just thinking what I should do with it. The body will stay stock, its that nice, but I can't decide , dropped axle and self energized brakes, tube shocks, flipped rear end or just removed leafs. I like to compete in shows with my vehicles (bikes and cars), beside driving them, a lot, so these changes will take me out of stock class. Or.. should I just leave it alone (it ain't broke so why fix it)???
I just took it out of the garage , I think this one will be a keeper!
Well you can swap in a 9" rear with nothing more than hand tools... find a '57 to '66 rear... lots of rear gear options there. I had a 3.70 in mine but you might want a little lower numeric gear for cruising. I used my F1 for everything... daily driver, towing, etc. I had a Buick Nailhead in mine. Crossed the scales at my local scrap yard at 9500 lbs. one day....with a single axle trailer loaded with scrap.

Nothing wrong with the stock brakes IMHO. There are thousands of early Ford hot rods running 'em... and the guys bought those brakes cheap when others tossed 'em in the junk pile. If you MUST change 'em find some F100 brakes... '53 to '56.

Glad to see you aren't going the IFS route... the parallel leaf deal up front can ride real nice if set-up properly. I pulled too many leafs out of mine and the ride suffered. Now I prefer a dropped axle (gennie Henry axle) with lowered springs... there are several guys who will do a great job of dropping a stock axle for you.
04-14-2012 07:09 PM
OneMoreTime All domestic car and truck production between 7 Dec 1941 and 9 Aug 1945 was dedicated to the war effort..Took the mfrs a couple of years to tool up for new cars and trucks so the big change came in the 1950 models..That is why your 1947 model is a bit different..

Sam
04-14-2012 04:56 PM
Bryan59EC My step-dad had an 89 Cameo.

Not too common a truck wannabe.
Had a few Cameo only parts on it and I'm sure those are hard to find now.
04-14-2012 11:59 AM
chopperfrank
47 ford PU

It is running Mojo, I have it all together and it already got a 1st place last summer in Stock truck with six other trucks competing(small show). Now I'm just thinking what I should do with it. The body will stay stock, its that nice, but I can't decide , dropped axle and self energized brakes, tube shocks, flipped rear end or just removed leafs. I like to compete in shows with my vehicles (bikes and cars), beside driving them, a lot, so these changes will take me out of stock class. Or.. should I just leave it alone (it ain't broke so why fix it)???
I just took it out of the garage , I think this one will be a keeper!
04-13-2012 01:31 PM
Mojo56
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR
Yeah honestly, the aftermarket and reproduction world is a world I don't want to be a part of anyway. So it wouldn't bother me in the least. There is way too much you can do the old school ways.

Yes your truck much like my 48 Chevy were the bastard step child of hot rodding for years. There was a time when NO ONE was rodding these trucks. So it has taken a long time for them to be "accepted" at all, they were THAT much of a outcast. But to tell you the truth, I have always loved them because of that. They aren't a good rig to restore and sell or something like that, but for your own personal use and enjoyment they are so cool because there aren't as many as other cars. My Chevy has grown so much it is super common place though. My brother use to joke literally had jokes about repro parts for my truck joking about someone making fiberglass fenders for them. Hell, they have complete STEEL cabs for them now! Repro frames, beds, it is mind blowing what is available for these trucks.

Yours still hasn't caught on that much, and that's a good thing, you won't see 22 of them at the next meet! It's fun having something a little different.

Have fun with it and rod on!

Brian
My favorite has always been the '56... I have owned two of them plus two '55's which are also cool and one '49 which I drove the hell out of....

I'd get that '47 running so you can enjoy it and make it a rolling project... more fun that way.
04-13-2012 08:31 AM
MARTINSR Yeah honestly, the aftermarket and reproduction world is a world I don't want to be a part of anyway. So it wouldn't bother me in the least. There is way too much you can do the old school ways.

Yes your truck much like my 48 Chevy were the bastard step child of hot rodding for years. There was a time when NO ONE was rodding these trucks. So it has taken a long time for them to be "accepted" at all, they were THAT much of a outcast. But to tell you the truth, I have always loved them because of that. They aren't a good rig to restore and sell or something like that, but for your own personal use and enjoyment they are so cool because there aren't as many as other cars. My Chevy has grown so much it is super common place though. My brother use to joke literally had jokes about repro parts for my truck joking about someone making fiberglass fenders for them. Hell, they have complete STEEL cabs for them now! Repro frames, beds, it is mind blowing what is available for these trucks.

Yours still hasn't caught on that much, and that's a good thing, you won't see 22 of them at the next meet! It's fun having something a little different.

Have fun with it and rod on!

Brian
04-12-2012 09:54 AM
chopperfrank
47 Ford PU to 48 Ford PU Why is the 47 left out of the fun?

Thanks for the replies guys , the 47 is very cool, much more truckish then the 40, and (I think) a bit more stylish then the 48. I just wanted to know if anyone made helpful brackets things like that. Mine is already modified in the running gear department with a 8BA V8 three speed top loader and open drive to the heavy duty stock banjo rear end. The exhaust is split with
glass packs duals. This was not a hot rod but the owner needed more power for his work. Its amazing he kept it so nice. The body is to nice to touch other then new paint and chrome. I built a lot of cars and bikes but this is the first one that will stay stock (almost)!

I was glad to hear that Deuce has seen a 1989 Cameo, most guys don.t believe they exist. All the ones I have ever seen are real low miles to. Mine had 35plus when I lost it.
I'm an old school kind of guy myself Mojo56, cause I was there!(63yoa)
04-10-2012 05:12 PM
Mojo56 '42 to '47 Fords get a lot of respect in the traditional hot rod world. they are pretty cool.

The open driveline is a plus. Not much interchanges with an F1 though. . They use the Ford banjo rear axle... a cool piece. Frames are different... uses a 59A flattie or a 216 6-banger.

You won't find a lot of aftermarket tuff for them. I like that... i seldom buy much new stuff anyway... I like using vintage parts and pieces. If i had one I'd toss out those catalogs and ignore the Street Rodder ads and build it as an old style Hot Rod.

I like 'em.
04-10-2012 12:08 PM
Deuce My brother has a 89 Cameo ... with all the options. Only 37 thousand miles and NICE. I had a 55 Cameo years ago.

The 42 to 47 Ford pickup was made in small numbers due to World War II. Ford was more involved in the war effort than making trucks for civilian use. A lot of folks consider them to be not as attractive as the 48.49.50 F-100s.

If you LIKE IT ... then proceed ahead and do with it as you see fit.
I like them ... but never owned on. I was hung up on 56 F-100 Big Windows ( I had several ).



Deuce ... Moderator
04-09-2012 04:59 PM
chopperfrank
47 Ford PU to 48 Ford PU Why is the 47 left out of the fun ?

Last year I purchased an almost mint 47 Ford pickup. I knew that it was an odd ball year and had not seen many of them at shows or in mags. I was aware of the after market always listing 1948 and above. The 42 thru 47 are alike, how much of the 47 is like the 48? The cab and bed are the same the front fenders and hood are different the rear fenders have been the same since 39. I want to know about the undersides, will some 48 aftermarket pieces fit? Like shock mounts, dropped axles, engine mounts etc? Does anyone have one of these? I don't plan on changing the body but I would like some upgrades in the running gear department. Can any one help with info on the sharing parts between these trucks? Thanks.

PS. I bought this truck because I lost my show winning 1989 S10 Cameo, yes Cameo, they did make them , to an engine fire caused by a cracked hard fuel line to the carb. 350 4bl w/350 auto OD, other then that a beautifull stock Cameo. S10 guys know what I'm talking about. Totaled !

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