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Old 05-27-2009, 11:23 PM
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Pick rolling chassis ford '37 ford 1 1/2 ton

New to all this. Just bought 1937 ford truck and want to put body on modern rolling chassis. Anyone done this or have any ideas as to what to use. Some suggested a late70-early 80 2wd chevy crew cab. I want to end up with a simple dependable driver to pull antique RV.

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ya,the Chevy dually chassis could work,but also the Ford dually 1ton should work.it will depend on what you want for a driveline. I would try an early to middle `70's chassis, because they are a little narrower. but with some carefull measuring you could have a great ride.
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Looks like the old tape measure will be getting a work out. Thanks for ideas.
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i have a 36 chev truck that i put on a 71 dodge RV chassis.
had plans on making a car hauler.
lately i have decided to slam the somovabatch.

interested in the rolling chassis with a mopar industrial 413?
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Did you mount body on the RV frame? Do you have pictures?
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no, i haven't mounted the body on the frame, because i want the cab channeled. body mounts are about the easiest thing when it comes to building a ride. make sure that you have a decent floor structure. and bolt the body to the frame where you want it, put some leather between the frame and body and call it good!

nothing a drill cant take care of!

the hardest part ive found is the steering....
but well get to all of that in time
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Thanks for the comments. I"m looking foreword to each step and working through the process.
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Several years ago, I saw a 37 Ford mounted on a 1 Ton dually frame that had been extended for an old Freightliner sleeper and a roll back behind it. He had a 400 small block for power and it was a thing of beauty. He had built the truck in Wyoming and hauled his Cadi on the roll back to Charlotte Motor Speedway and sold the rig and drove his Cadi home. I have seen the truck over the years at CMS and it has remained a nice rig all these years. The Dually was the 80-84 vintage and every thing looked great.

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That sounds like music to my ears. I'm thinking along that very line. Would love to see the rig you mentioned and/or talk to the builder. If this build was ever written up I would love to find out where and when.
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I have no knowledge of write ups on this build. I looked at the truck with lots of interest and talked with the old cowboy that had done the work. This was in 1994 so I can't really give you any details. Choosing the doner frame should not be too difficult. You need to measure the width of the cutout in the rear of the cab where it is notched to fit down over the frame rails and the front of the cab where it rests on the frame and go from there. You then should look at the small sleeper on the old Freightliners. This addition would be a great space addition for the tiny 37 cab which is quite cramped. Since you are going to tow with this vehicle, the Dually is the way to go and those 1 ton frames certainly lend themselves to shortening or lengthening. Drive shafts can be readily made to fit what ever you come up with and GM mid shaft bearings will solve any new wrinkles you may have in drive line alignment. The real challanges to your build will be from the firewall forward because there is not a lot of room to work with in the confines of the hood, radiator, grill shell and inner fenders. The SBC with short water pump gives you the most room and best configuration(except for the distributor in the rear) but a late model crank generator and coil packs would eliminate the distributor entirely. If you are really adventurous, a 2008 5.3 truck motor with the GM 6 speed overdrive auto would be a great towing combination. It can be had with the cruise control designed specifically for using engine braking to maintain speed going down hill. 5th and 6th gears are overdrive so you can have a monster first gear capability and still cruise at low RPMs when you get to cruise speed.

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Great reply. Appreciate to info very much.
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Posting an additional question

Howdy fella's. Need a bit of information if possible.
I have a 1988 1 ton with a Dana 70 rear end. The bud rims i have will not fit over the brake drums. So i also have a corporate rear end. It is much narrower than the Dana. Will that fit under the same frame? It is 39" wide, out side of frame to outside.
Can you please advise me on this? Are all Chev 1 tons 39" width?
Thanks in advance.
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