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Old 12-22-2009, 03:27 PM
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Everything I know of is too wide for the little Rambler, even an S-10. You might try a pre 92 Ranger or other small truck frame. You'd still want to cut most everything off from the firewall forward, and would have a lot of work to do at the front kick-up. The unit body virtually has a boxed frame welded under it that runs from bumper to bumper -- get it on a lift and look! The front suspension looks strange and has those funky trunnion joints, but they are stronger than they look and replacements are available. Forget those stories about Ramblers with wheels falling off due to the trunnions! I have to admit they are true, but only because the trunnions hadn't been greased in five or more years!! Grease them every other year and they will last forever. No grease, and they will wear to the point the lower one could pull out. The lower end of the steering knuckle is a 5/8" standard thread stud. The car turns on the threads, and there is no weight there -- the weight is carried by the top trunnion. How long do you have to screw an unlubricated nut on a 5/8" bolt before it wears enough to pull the nut off the bolt?? A LOT!!
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