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    I have a 53 studebaker 1/2 ton truck. I would like to install a different frame under it. Or would it be easier to install a front clip. Does anybody have a suggestion.

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    quote:Originally posted by 53study

    I have a 53 studebaker 1/2 ton truck. I would like to install a different frame under it. Or would it be easier to install a front clip. Does anybody have a suggestion.
    If it were me and I had to change that front end, I'd go with a Fatman setup with rack steering. Are you rodding the truck?

    Sonny
    http://RacingStudebakers.com
    Sonny
    http://RacingStudebakers.com

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    • #3
      A Fatman clip is a lot of work, but it does work.

      Several people have successfully set the whole C-cab body on a slightly stretched S-10 pickup chassis. That way you get an all engineered drivetrain and can get power steering, and a/c for minimal hassles...

      A nicely done Stude frame rides nice enough too!

      Jeff[8D]

      DEEPNHOCK@worldnet.att.net
      '61 Hawk
      '37 Coupe Express
      HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

      Jeff


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      Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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      • #4
        Yes I am rodding my truck. I have installed a 350 with a 400 trans. But I'm having trouble with my steering box. It's had the bun. I can't keep it on the road. I was told that I could use a late 60's chev truck frame. Then i can use the steering assembly. I could also use the dash with speedo, heat, fuel gauges ect.

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        • #5
          I have seen several Studebaker pick ups with a full size Chevy truck front section grafted on. The last Studebaker pick up that I owned had a Camaro sub frame grafted on. It had a 400 V8 and TurboHydramatic, along with ps, pdb and a Chevy rear. It drove like a long wheelbase Camaro.
          Gary L.
          Wappinger, NY

          SDC member since 1968
          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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          • #6
            The early square bodied Dodge Dakota standard cab short box pickup has a 112" wheelbase, same as a Stude short box. The track width is nearly the same as well. Factory rack/pinion steering and disc brakes to boot. I saw a '54 Dodge pickup body set on a Dakota chassis and it looked sweet. A stude would look even better.

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