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Brian Martin,Freelance adviser
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We aren't talking about a plain 1948 Ford pickup frame here where they are rectangular simplicity. We are talking a very complex frame under your Chevy. And if you think "body mounts" are the easy part, pile that on a list a mile long from steering column mounting to bumper mounting, to the floor hitting the frame the rad support needed to be cut up to clear the frame.

"Can" it be done, well certainly, but so would be using the fender on from the Ranger on your Chevy, you COULD modify the fender from the Ranger to fit, but it would be much easier to make one from scratch.

There is no such thing as a frame "swap" using the wrong frame, is using the wrong frame. What it does is "swap" money from your Chevy frame to the Ranger, "swap" time from your Chevy frame to the Ranger, and "swap" work from your frame to the Ranger frame.

What are you after with your Chevy, what are your plans?

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'35 Chev Master-Ranger Frame Swap?

Basically wanting to have semi-modern suspension; uniform parts, plus the truck is a barter deal (if it makes sense.)

Had a bit of bad luck when an old hotrodder screwed up the installation of my stock Mustang front end. With that Mustang axle I also planned to use a 1980's Ford Ranger rear end.

Finished all wood removal now with complete rocker panels (under-body), door skins, new (as stock) Suicide hinges. Body is off, body and frame stripped, sandblasted, now ready to mount on frame.

Original frame is cleaned, painted, was ready for suspension. Throughout (past 12 years) I've searched for the BEST budget options since times are tough.

Starting to think that a complete Fatman front end is the ticket. Trying to also use my brains to pick the BEST rear suspension for a "nice" ride; modern brakes, shocks, maximum handling.

Have had thoughts about a four-point rear suspension??? Just figure this is the time to keep an open mind and NOT do anything crazy.

Appreciate any good advice. Thanks
 

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Just figure this is the time to keep an open mind and NOT do anything crazy.
Very good idea! I say stay with what your original plans were with the upgraded original frame.

I personally don't see a four link unless you plan on putting some serious power to the ground. A pair of parallel leafs is pretty hard to beat for all around driving and ease of installation.

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This a '94 Ex cab frame. It could fit, but really not worth it.. Also note. '94 Front suspension is twin I beam which was introduced in the mid 60's. A system that works well, but is not the best

Ford Ranger rear end would have been a good idea 15 years ago, but now. Explorer rear ends are so plentiful and cheap, there is no reason not to use 1. 31 spline 8.8", disc brakes and they are only like 3 inches wider than the 83-'92 rears, and 1.5" wider than '93+
 

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