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  Twin I-beam front end....under '63 or '64 ?

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Ryan Wilke
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From: Stanton, Michigan, zip 48888
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 08-31-2006 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke        Reply w/Quote
.....has anyone here done it or seen it done?

As you know, the '63 and '64 were OEM with solid front axles. I was just wondering if a '65 or '66 twin I-beam style front end would bolt right in or not.....

Thanks in advance!
Ryan

Rory McNeil
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From: Surrey, B.C. Canada
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 09-01-2006 01:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil        Reply w/Quote
I can`t imagine that the Twin I Beam would just "bolt on" to the solid axle trucks chassis. First off, the solid axle used parallel leaf springs to mount the axle, the twin I beam uses coil springs and radius arms. I doubt that the earlier trucks would have any provisions for the mounting bracketry for such a totally different design. Now, prehaps a twin I beam front frame section could be grafted onto the early frame, but that is quite a bit of fabrication work. That said, I was at a Ford show recently, and a fellow with a neat 55 F100 had a twin I beam clip on his truck.

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Ryan Wilke
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From: Stanton, Michigan, zip 48888
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 09-01-2006 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke        Reply w/Quote
Rory,

Good point about the differences in front springs and their mounting points/provisions. Probably would be alot more work than I care to tackle, just as you indicated........

Thanks!
Ryan

Whitson
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posted 09-01-2006 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Whitson        Reply w/Quote
Would a 63/64 cab/body fit on a 65/66 frame??

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