I just got a 53 3100. I would like to put a frame under her to be able to modernize brakes, steering, rear and add a nice small block. What year make and model would work on this truck where the cab and body would fit as well?
this i don't personally have an answer for.. keep checking back.. somebody will hopefully know and post.. i wonder if any of the chassis manufacturers have created a complete frame for this swap... you might want to call around.. it was over a decade ago now.. that i placed a call to one chassis manufacturer. ask them why they only produced second generation camaro/firebird subframes. they said there is not enough call for first generation Fbody subframes. i said something like.. if you build a few.. people will buy them.. there are probably a dozen manufacturers now selling first generation subframes.. sorry i don't have an exact answer for you.. yet..
here are a few options...http://www.artmorrison.com/47-53truck.phpor the whole 9 yards..
A lot of people use a S10 frame from a extended cab 2 wheel drive model. They even make kits for this swap. But I got a question. Why not just use your old frame? That's what I did. Strip it all the way down, sand blast it. Weld in a few boxing plates, and your done. I used a bolt in mustang 2 cross member and tubular front suspension all from Speedway motors. In the rear I got a ford 8.8 rearend out of a Ford explorer, 4 link rear suspension from Ride Tech with coil over shocks. I also added a under floor power brake booster that uses the stock brake pedal. Now I wanted to stay with the inline 6 but I upgraded to a chevy 230 out of a 1970 Camero. (I added ALOT of go fast parts to it first) If you want to go with a V8 it's very easy. They make bolt in motor mounts for the V8. I had to custom make all the mounts for my 6. Those old frames are very strong if you just add a little support to them.
I am planning on dropping in a 350 V8 on a model 3600. Was wondering where you found the motor mounts?Will
Check with speedway motors or summit racing. They both sell motor mounts that you can use. You might have to alter the way they mount a little, but hey, that what hot rodding is all about!!!!