I am thinking about putting a late model frame under my 52 f1 to get late model suspension and brakes, could anyone tell me what the best doner would be and plus and minus of doing this swap
Welcome to the forums. Some of our regulars should be able to help you out.
I dont know what fits well for your truck but keep in mind when you look for a donner that the wheel base is close to what your truck is, (Nothing looks worse than wheels that are not centered in the wheel wells,but I guess one could relocate the suspension on the frame to your wheel base)which I believe is 114 inches. I have a 51 f1 panel truck and I was serching for a doner frame as well because the prior owner did a hatch job on the suspension. I personally ended up a Dakota frame to stick under the panel but found out it was a wrong wheel base.(My goof) Then afer bringing the frame home the dakota frame stuck up to high in the back.(I did not want to cut into the floor to get the frame to fit.) Also most newer frames are wider than the older ford frames. I ended up using only the front half of the dakota frame and married the old truck rails. But anyways I hope I gave you some food for thought into looking for a doner frame.Good luck RT
I didn't think about a Dakota, a early 90's s-10 is the right width but is too short and a extended cab is 3 inches too long. I thought about cutting it down but was hoping too find one the exact length.I want the truck to look factory but drive modern since i have a lead foot. I'd like to see pics of your panel. Thanks for your help.
Try using a 2000 Ford explore
Did you find a frame to swap? Are you still looking into that?