I'm going to go pick up a '47 Ford pickup that my brother started as a project truck a few years back. It's sat stagnant for the past 3 or 4 years, and wasn't really that far along before that. So, it will by my project truck now. Except that I really think that series of trucks was about as ugly as anything FoMoCo ever built! It's currently sitting on a '72 1/2T Chev PU frame with a 10-bolt, 305, TH350.
So, here's the plan.
Convert it to a COE. I don't want to do it exactly like Ford did back then, though. So much of the truck will be fabricated. I'm debating a few things still and much will not be decided until I get the truck home and take some measurements, but here's what is currently in the air:
Mid-engine vs. front engine-
The original COE had a doghouse that took up a lot of space and that was for a little flathead. I'll be putting in at least a SBC, so it might be kind of tight. Also, there isn't much access this way, and I don't want to have to be a contortionist to work on the thing. Mid-engine puts the motor where it can be worked on, but the frame will have to be fabbed with that in mind. If I go front-engine, I can just lengthen the frame it's on now (in theory at least).
Chop or not/Stretch or not/Extended-cab or crew-cab or not-
I am considering stretching the cab 6" or so to gain some legroom. I thought about chopping the roof, but I think it starts to look disproportionate, so I may not do that. If I do stretch the cab, should I go ahead and put a backseat in? And if I do that, should I just make it a full length crew cab? I kinda like the look of the original COE, but a crew cab would be much more functional. I know if I do that, I'll definitely need to up the motor a bit. For the time being, I'd like to use the existing motor so I don't have to ante up and buy/build one.
That's what's on my mind right now.
I'm open to any and all suggestions or questions. I have more time than money, so there won't be anything really trick unless I can do it myself. My goal is to have it drivable by next September for the Ol' Marais River Run in Ottawa, KS. I'll be assisted by anybody who wants to beat on some metal. I also want to metalfinish it - so no Bondo!
I'll post pics as soon as I have some. Let me know what you think!
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