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strada shop
03-07-2011, 09:46 AM
I've learned a lot from this site. I'm building a 94 Ford ranger with a stock floor body drop. I built a new frame from the fire wall back, I'm adding a 347 stroker and a AODE transmission. Here's what I started with.
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss76/stradarx150te/IMG_20101107_085259.jpg
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss76/stradarx150te/IMG_20101119_175053.jpg
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss76/stradarx150te/IMG_20101120_180454.jpg
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss76/stradarx150te/IMG_20101124_174421.jpg

strada shop
03-07-2011, 09:55 AM
Now I did a underslung frame because I don't need a lot of lift, plus I wanted to be different. Here's the start of the new frame.
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss76/stradarx150te/ranger/IMAG0012.jpg
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss76/stradarx150te/ranger/IMAG0013.jpg
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss76/stradarx150te/ranger/IMAG0011.jpg
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss76/stradarx150te/ranger/IMAG0014.jpg

strada shop
03-07-2011, 10:04 AM
The front frames notched for the I beams.
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss76/stradarx150te/ranger/IMAG0020.jpg
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss76/stradarx150te/ranger/IMAG0021.jpg
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss76/stradarx150te/ranger/IMAG0024.jpg
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss76/stradarx150te/ranger/IMAG0026.jpg
My body mounts
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss76/stradarx150te/ranger/10-Pennies-7.jpg

strada shop
03-07-2011, 10:13 AM
I still need to weld those body mounts on those are what I'm using. Let me know what you guys think. This is my first frame build. Here's a picture of how it sits right now. I'm waiting on a narrowed 9" rear end. Then i'll have more updates.
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss76/stradarx150te/ranger/IMAG0064.jpg

strada shop
03-07-2011, 11:25 AM
After seeing and reading a lot of post this frame looks like a beginner built it lol. It's true, but I plan on doing a lot of tube work, making this frame the backbone and the tube work the focus point.

adtkart
03-07-2011, 05:26 PM
There is one concern I see. With the drop of the cab, how do you plan on attaching the front end sheetmetal?

Aaron Thomas

custommetal
03-08-2011, 05:20 AM
Nice job so far. I'm glad to see you reinforced the weld joints. That's the same technique I used when I built my 41 ford coupe with a 500 ci caddy engine in the rear. I felt a lot better with the little extra weight instead of just plain butt weld.
One question though--with the triangulated 4 bar where will the upper spring mounts be and how will they fit under the bed? They will take a lot of abuse from weight and torque.
Good luck.
George

James(Western Canada)
03-08-2011, 08:05 AM
One question for you, have you checked this design to verify it passes the SCRUB LINE test?

James

steve.murphy
03-08-2011, 10:51 AM
James,
I hadnt heard that term before, so I had to google it.
http://www.streetrodding.com/pics.view/421393
Makes perfect sense to me!

Steve

whateg01
03-08-2011, 11:11 AM
Scrub line test is easy to pass with a set of realllllllllllllllllllllllllly low-pro tires! :D

Dave

strada shop
03-08-2011, 11:42 PM
Nice job so far. I'm glad to see you reinforced the weld joints. That's the same technique I used when I built my 41 ford coupe with a 500 ci caddy engine in the rear. I felt a lot better with the little extra weight instead of just plain butt weld.
One question though--with the triangulated 4 bar where will the upper spring mounts be and how will they fit under the bed? They will take a lot of abuse from weight and torque.
Good luck.
George

I'm doing air ride suspension, so the air bag will be done with a canilever setup like this
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss76/stradarx150te/ranger/IMG_0416-1.jpg I'm waiting on my 9" rear end to move on. The bed will be stock, I'm putting wheel tubs and a little notch cover for the axle.

strada shop
03-08-2011, 11:51 PM
There is one concern I see. With the drop of the cab, how do you plan on attaching the front end sheetmetal?

Aaron Thomas

Everything mounts just like stock, the only thing I did was make the frame three inches tall instead of six. I did have to lower the front frame horns that looks like this
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss76/stradarx150te/ranger/IMG_0418.jpg these pictures are just for reference there not mine, i'll get mine later today.

strada shop
03-08-2011, 11:55 PM
One question for you, have you checked this design to verify it passes the SCRUB LINE test?

James

Well this is made to drop to the frame at shows and lift to drive. I'll have to read up on that.

strada shop
03-09-2011, 12:01 AM
My list of things to do, I'm doing a old hot rod theme. I have a 1965 f100 dashboard the door panels will match the dash. I have a 1950 f100 rear window, 65 tail lights, suicide doors. The list goes on so that's why I'm learning all I can from this forum. Thanks for all your feedback, good or bad it helps. Joe

sbdfabrication
01-13-2013, 03:26 PM
another fellow minitrucker..... im a shop owner in wisconsin and build minis as well..

richsplace
01-31-2013, 06:08 PM
looking for more