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  • Frame / Springs: Possible donor chassis for Transtar project? ('51 Ford F-150)

    Just got an '81 Ford F-150 Trailer Special pickup. Body has rust and dent issues, otherwise solid truck.

    I just got to thinking today, would this be a good donor chassis for a late '50s Transtar cab & bed? Anyone try one like it?

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    Originally posted by mausersmth View Post
    Just got an '81 Ford F-150 Trailer Special pickup. Body has rust and dent issues, otherwise solid truck.

    I just got to thinking today, would this be a good donor chassis for a late '50s Transtar cab & bed? Anyone try one like it?


    It has been done. I spoke with a gentleman that has a 54-56 C-cab on an early 80's Ford chassis and running gear when I was looking for a C-cab. I have never seen the truck in person but the pics looked pretty nice. In talking with him it seemed like the swap wasnt that difficult but I really didnt get that much information since I was looking for a basically stock truck. I will check tonight and see if I saved the pictures he sent me or his E-mail address. Steve
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      Maybe it's just me, but I wouldn't see an '81 Ford chassis as a huge step up from the Stude. Lot of work and expense and when complete, half of what makes it a Stude is forever gone.

      The next buyer might be like Steve and see it as lowered in value
      I really didnt get that much information since I was looking for a basically stock truck.
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