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Old 06-16-2012, 11:44 AM   #15
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The most important aspect of this type of modification is doing your homework. You should have everything planned out before any work begins. Hours of planning will save days of work. Getting the right donor is super important. I did a '47 Ford truck for a friend who found a donor '72 Nova with a fresh engine and trans. I put all of the Nova stuff in and under his truck while he was in the Bahamas for two weeks. I used the entire Nova frame clip, electrical system, tilt column from an auto recycler, rear suspension, power brake system, and all. The only thing I had to farm out was having the drive shaft made the proper length and balanced. When my friend got home from vacation his truck was in his garage ready to go.
Mind you, I spent all of my waking hours for two full weeks, and this was not my first rodeo.
Again, homework and planning are the key. Surprises are most always bad.
No, since both of us retired, I don't work on other folk's cars any more.
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:46 AM   #16
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Oh, I'll be out of touch with this forum for a few days starting now.
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Old 06-16-2012, 12:03 PM   #17
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Can you steer me in the direction of such a V6... the vortec 4200 is just about there with 291 HP

As for the 4wd... would the 4wd still be enambled or does it become dissalbed when doing so. I always assumed 4wd are one of those things things that can be problematic... You are the first to suggest this, so I am curious. Also, would any mechanic be familiar with such... It would be a nice added feature when camping and trallening with the trailer in national parks etc. especially given that the truck has some good ground clearnace to begin.
I do believe Road Ruler meant FRONT wheel drive not 4 wheel drive. I have a 4wd Jeep J20 pickup that can tow (I installed a Buick 455 in it) the Airstream, however the mpg would be prohibitive.
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:23 PM   #18
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I do believe Road Ruler meant FRONT wheel drive not 4 wheel drive.
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Yes Neil is correct. But it may not be the best idea. Sure it would probably work but a FWD 1947 truck just seems wrong...LOL
It would probably affect resale value in a negative way too.
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