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1949 FORD F2 truck

vince.heath vince.heath
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 09/12
Posted: 09/29/12
11:19 AM

i bought a 1949 ford F2 recently i want to know how diffacult to swap the cab onto a 1977 f100 frame or what would be the best swap for more modern and useable running (and stopping) gear? Confused  

gtomustang gtomustang
Enthusiast | Posts: 457 | Joined: 06/09
Posted: 10/02/12
12:38 PM

If you are thinking of a Chevy engine *shudder*, then an S10 frame is your friend.  the front suspension borrows heavily from the Monte Carlo, or there's the Syclone replication option (turbo 4.3liter V6, AWD).You can slam it, airbag it, or jack it up to the sky.

If you want all ford...consider a Ranger pickup.  may need to just hack out the floorboard and channel, but Advanced Adaptors has kits to put 302 power into a Ranger...  
Just because you can't do it...doesn't mean its impossible

WriterDennis WriterDennis
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 01/12
Posted: 11/13/12
07:04 PM

With swapping any body or cab onto a different frame, you always have to be concerned with body mounts, engine/transmission mounts, and mounting the radiator and all of those types of things. While I do not know the exact width of a '49 F2 frame, I would think that it is comparable to that of a '49 F1 frame. If that is indeed the case, I would seriously consider installing a Mustang II crossmember.

Aftr installing the MII crossmember, you can go low-buck, high-dollar, or anywhere in between for the A-arms aand brake components. In my opinion, that would be a much easier and desirable swap. Then hang a Ford nine-inch out back on a set of parallel leaf springs. That way, the body, radiator, fuel tank, etc, can stay right where they are.

Just my nickel's worth.

Dennis W. Parks
author of automotive hot rod books  

gtomustang gtomustang
Enthusiast | Posts: 457 | Joined: 06/09
Posted: 11/24/12
10:03 AM

On the flip side, a new MII suspension from brake rotor to rotor goes for $ could get a complete truck from the south with frame to swap for that price, plus 12volt electrical system and engine Smile  Radiator will need to be replaced from stock, if there's EFI the original gas tank is useless (even with a carb, something that old is full of lead from leaded gas, time for it to go).

If you plan to do a body drop, then cutting out the floorpan and going from there with a frame the truck didn't come with isn't easy, but possible. then again, its assumed if you're accomplishing a frame swap, you have more than a set of campershell jacks and a torch Smile  
Just because you can't do it...doesn't mean its impossible