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1953 3100 frame question

mastcaptjim mastcaptjim
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 07/14
Posted: 07/03/14
07:29 AM

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? Confused  

wayne712222 wayne712222
User | Posts: 180 | Joined: 10/13
Posted: 07/04/14
05:20 AM

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..

wayne712222 wayne712222
User | Posts: 180 | Joined: 10/13
Posted: 07/06/14
07:36 PM

here are a few options...

AM 1114 Front Xmember Kit 2

AM 1127 Rear Clip Kit 2

or the whole 9 yards..

AM 1175 Rear Truck Frame

AM 1162 Farm Truck Ifs  

Outlaw2662 Outlaw2662
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 01/14
Posted: 07/15/14
09:35 PM

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.  

willtami61 willtami61
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 07/14
Posted: 07/16/14
05:12 PM

I am planning on dropping in a 350 V8 on a model 3600.  Was wondering where you found the motor mounts?


Outlaw2662 Outlaw2662
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 01/14
Posted: 07/17/14
09:04 PM

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!!!! Smile