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Hi all; This is my first post, looks like a good site so far. Here goes. I have a 1941 Dodge Pickup, frame and running gear shot, but body in pretty good shape. I'd like to swap the body onto a donor frame, the wheelbase is 117" track width approx 60", been looking at numbers for the Ford Ranger and the wheelbase looks about right, the track width might be ok also but have only found numbers that state "overall Width" which I took to mean to outside of body sheet metal. I've crawled around a couple of parking lots with a tape (got some funny looks there) and the track width seems workable. Am I on the right track or all wet? Any info would be appreciated
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Which frame you use may depend on how you intend to power the truck. If you want to keep it Mopar or go with the "cookie cutter" small block Chevy or with, heaven forbid, Ford power. The Dakota, S-10, and Ranger are all about the same size so do yourself a favor and check the dimensions on all three to see which will really work out better and don't forget the dimensions on the long bed and short bed may be different so check them all.

My personal choice would be to keep it Mopar so I would take a very close look at the Dakota frame. Both early and late since there is somewhat of a size difference. It will give you everything you need to easily mount a good small block Mopar. Keep in mind however that swapping frames is a bit of work and will require floor modifications to the body no matter which frame you use so you need to have decent fabrication skills. Also there will be a lot of fiddling and fabricating to get the front sheet metal mounted to a new frame.

Good luck.

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Centerline: Thanks for the reply, thinking of using an early Hemi and Torq Flite Transmission, haven't got too far down that road yet but will do some more measurements. The engine bay in this old truck looks huge so I think I can make everything fit. Along other lines, do I really need a truck frame or would any frame that will meet the footprint work? I know I will have to do lots of fabrication, but have most of the equipment and some of the skills necessary, (I think). These old trucks just look so fat and clunky I thought one set up this way may give the youngsters down on the boulevard a wake up.
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Here's an early hemi (hooked to a TH-350) in my '53 Chevy pickup.



Most people don't realize this but you can put an early hemi anywhere you can put a small block Chevy with headers.

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