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'56 Ford pickup project
« on: April 07, 2019, 08:58:31 PM »
SO!!  Me and Jeff73MachI are working on a project for a friend.  It's a little '56 F100 that belongs to a friend down in Atlanta.  We're installing a C4 Corvette front suspension in it and adding A/C and removing the gas tank from the cab.  There are a few other minor touches, such as lowering the rear of the truck that we're doing while we're at it.

Got the front cradle and swing arms and hubs temporaries in this weekend.  Jeff relocated the rear shocks and brake cables today. (We'll have the spring eyes reversed a little later).

Lots of pics!  The owner didn't want the truck too low, so I had to notch the frame to clear the upper control arms.  I boxed a section of the frame to strengthen it where the notch passes through.
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Re: '56 Ford pickup project
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2019, 09:19:44 PM »
There were several places where some part of the cradle had to be cut away or reinforced. It also required that the power steering rack had to be modified. We had to rotate the hydraulic section of the rack so that the pressure lines would clear the front of the oil pan.  I'll describe that operation a little later.

Anyhow, here are some more photos of this little project.
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Re: '56 Ford pickup project
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2019, 09:32:39 PM »
We're having to rework the engine mounts. The ones that the previous builder used were extremely "Rube Goldberg" and would interfere with almost everything we are doing.  When finished, the new support brackets will use over the counter, "FACTORY" mounts.

The reason this project got started was that SOMEONE grafted an old early '60s GM power assist cylinder to the drag link!!  When the steering was turned just slightly to the left, the left front tire would grab the cylinder and try to rip it off of the truck. It would also try to stop the left front wheel from turning.  The truck was VERY unsafe!!
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Re: '56 Ford pickup project
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2019, 03:51:28 AM »
Looks good! Jeff73 and you have been busy for sure!
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Re: '56 Ford pickup project
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2019, 05:47:34 AM »
looking really god nice start to what you are building

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Re: '56 Ford pickup project
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2019, 05:29:56 PM »
LOOKS like a lot of work.  You must be feelin better.
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Re: '56 Ford pickup project
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2019, 06:47:51 PM »
Been feelin' pretty good most of the time!!  It's hard to do anything when you're confined to a chair or a damned knee scooter!  Most of what I do involves being on two feet and I can't seem to get anyone to let me use theirs...

I'm now almost three months on both feet.  It's taken me most of one month just to learn to get around safely and another to get enough stamina to do much of anything.  Just walking to and from the shop, (70 ft. and a half flight of stairs each way) has me stopping to take a breath.  I'm improving, but it's SLOOOOOWW!!  I get frustrated easily and also get distracted by all the other projects I have lined up.

Yeah, there's some work involved, but it's more a mental exercise, joining two unrelated vehicles and making it work and look good too.  I'm probably a little better at the making it work thing.

This weekend, I'm taking off and going shooting with my Cowboy Action pards.  Sometimes ya' just gotta' put the tools down and step away, for mental health.


I DID get to set it on the floor for some perspective and I ran the suspension through all of its movements.  I have 9 1/2" of vertical travel, it will clear everything throughout it's range of motions at both full left and full right turns, all the way down or all the way up.  I have room inside the upper control arms to mount these coil-overs and I discovered that the travel distance where I have the shock located is five inches which is exactly the shock's safe length of travel!!  SERENDIPITY!!!
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Re: '56 Ford pickup project
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2019, 06:14:25 PM »
The main thing is you good doing it
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