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Old 07-30-2019, 11:04 PM   #51
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This is me driving it after cutting the cab off. And yes, I am sitting on a paint can.
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Old 07-30-2019, 11:07 PM   #52
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This is me driving it after cutting the cab off. And yes, I am sitting on a paint can.
Haha, what is the lady saying?
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Old 07-31-2019, 08:40 AM   #53
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Haha, what is the lady saying?

My wife is telling me to not tear up the yard.
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Old 09-03-2019, 01:36 PM   #54
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Ok, so I did a little work on the project this past weekend. I did some more cutting on the firewall/floor boards. I picked up an engine hoist, and quickly am growing fond of the new piece of equipment--we will be close friends in the weeks to come.

I did a first try at placing the front end of the 47 on the dakota front end. Way off, like I need to move the 47 back another 13 inches or so! Big bummer. The grill hits against the radiator/ac condenser. So...

So my plan now is to remove the radiator, ac condenser, and fan and clutch. Try to reset the front of the 47 and see what to do next. May try using the radiator of the 47 at first just to see. Will definitely be going with an electric cooling fan.
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Old 09-03-2019, 02:05 PM   #55
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That's a lot of truck for a small frame, Might want to re consider reading all of the spec's before getting to far into it.

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Old 09-03-2019, 02:17 PM   #56
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Lots of folks use S10 frames for frame swaps on the old truck, because believe it or not, our full size trucks of today are much larger than those of the 40s and 50s. However, if you go the S10 route of some of these trucks, the stance is a bit narrow. So, there is a line of folks that have been using the Dakotas since they are a mid-size between full size and compact truck frames. I liked the wider stance of the dakota, my son found a cheap dakota locally, and that was the decision matrix I used.

And there are several groups on Facebook that show the dakota swap, along with others.

Mine has a 5.2l V8 and auto trans with AC. Gotta have AC here in Texas....
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That's a lot of truck for a small frame, Might want to re consider reading all of the spec's before getting to far into it.

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He already addressed why he is using the Dakota frame
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Old 09-04-2019, 04:07 PM   #57
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Old 09-12-2019, 08:46 AM   #58
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Watching for sure.
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Old 09-12-2019, 08:59 AM   #59
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So I did a little more work this past weekend. Just managed to remove the ac condenser coil, and the fan clutch and fan blade, and kinda push the radiator back some. Trimmed off some more sheet metal off the firewall so the fenders will slide back farther.

I am planning to pull the radiator this weekend and push it farther back. Looking to get a different radiator that I will put an electric fan on.

After all that was done, I tried setting the grill/fenders again, and got it a good 6 inches or so farther back. Pulling the radiator this weekend should get me where I want it to be. Will just have to get creative in how I slide a replacement radiator in. BTW, that tire you are seeing is just a larger one I had laying around that I put in front of the dakota tire, just to get a feel for what I want it to look like. Kinda like that fatter tire.
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Old 09-12-2019, 12:20 PM   #60
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I can't get it right side up.
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Old 09-12-2019, 02:31 PM   #61
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Old 09-12-2019, 02:33 PM   #62
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Wow, thanks! I tried and tried. Hope I am better at frame swaps than I am at posting a picture online....
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Old 09-23-2019, 12:36 PM   #63
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I was able to put in a couple more hours on the project this past weekend. I set it all up and used a level to really get a little more precise on how far back the fenders and grill needed to go, in order to be center over the tire in the wheel well.
Started out needing to move the fenders back a little over 10 inches. Trimmed back the frame horns 8 inches and pulled the radiator. Did some other minor trimming to the firewall and floorboards.
At the end of the day, I only need 4 inches left. It looks like I will be able to get that by some careful trimming of the backside of the grill in the cradle for the old radiator. Crossing my fingers on that. Will go to an electric cooling fan on the radiator and will move the ac condenser to the bed with an electric fan. Lots to cram in a little bitty space. Sometimes think that an Explorer donor would have simplified all this...
Top pic is at the start of the day, and second one is at the end. White masking tape is marking centerline of the wheel well--my goal.
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Old 09-23-2019, 12:36 PM   #64
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and someday I will figure out the mystery of my phone and posting pics right side up.
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:53 AM   #65
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So it has been awhile since posting anything. Was able to move the front clip back to about where I want it to be a couple weeks ago. Decided to remove all floorboard and firewall from the Dakota and just make my own cab mounts--gooood decision! Set the cab on blocks and front clip on blocks about where it will all set. Now looking to start fabbing up clip and cab mounts. Wish me luck!
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Old 01-15-2020, 04:10 PM   #66
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So it has been awhile since posting anything. Was able to move the front clip back to about where I want it to be a couple weeks ago. Decided to remove all floorboard and firewall from the Dakota and just make my own cab mounts--gooood decision! Set the cab on blocks and front clip on blocks about where it will all set. Now looking to start fabbing up clip and cab mounts. Wish me luck!
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Old 06-26-2020, 06:49 AM   #67
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Very Cool Project! Any progress?
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Old 06-26-2020, 07:44 AM   #68
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This is cool! I love old trucks!
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Old 06-26-2020, 07:56 AM   #69
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Old 06-26-2020, 08:10 AM   #70
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Can’t leave us hanging like this.
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Old 06-26-2020, 08:25 AM   #71
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This is very saddening, should have sold the whole truck to someone else and let them restore it. Makes no sense to put it on a Dakota frame, putting that old body on a Dodge 1 ton dually frame would have been bad, but a Dakota? I refuse to what any of those shows where they butcher up old cars, saying they are customizing them, acting like they are making them better.

I can see doing a brake upgrade, maybe adding power steering for the wimps and a few other modern upgrades. I have seen so many, where someone has really Fed up some cool old vehicles.
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Old 06-26-2020, 09:04 AM   #72
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Sorry about the delay in updating. I have been slowly working on it.

So, I made my own cab mounts and front end mounts and got it set on the frame. I have been busy with doing things like hooking up the brakes and steering linkage--I know, silly details, but are really cool if I ever want to drive it. For now, I just have a bed sitting in place on the back. I chopped the frame from the extended cab length to standard cab length (took out 19"), found a shorter driveshaft and installed it, shortened brake lines, fuel lines, etc. I drove it off the driveway last week and around the place. Just doing some other small tasks like getting my electric cooling fan wired and stuffing all the wires up under the dash.
I will get more pics posted soon. Thank you for all the kind comments and encouragement.
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Old 06-26-2020, 09:32 AM   #73
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Old 06-26-2020, 09:48 AM   #74
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Glad to see it's coming together and is now drive-able. Great build!
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Old 06-26-2020, 10:15 AM   #75
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WOW... lots of progress! It's looking incredible, keep us posted on the progress.
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Old 07-01-2020, 12:40 AM   #76
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Beginning to look cool. Wish i had the cash, health and a place to do this. I always wanted a 40's or 50's pickup on a modern chassis with a bit of power. not even picky about brand.
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Old 07-01-2020, 03:53 AM   #77
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This is awesome!!
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Old 07-01-2020, 08:25 AM   #78
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I painted the front rim a gray color and the rear stock rim black. I am trying to figure out what route to go. I kinda like the plain steel rims painted, but what color? Or should I just buy nice rims from like Discount Tire? thanks
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Old 07-01-2020, 08:43 AM   #79
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That gray steel looks sweet
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Old 07-01-2020, 08:48 AM   #80
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I say keep it classic
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Old 07-04-2020, 11:37 AM   #81
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I'm really liking the looks of the build, great work.
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Old 07-04-2020, 08:20 PM   #82
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Another vote for the grey steel rim. If you could find some baby moon hub caps I think it would blend in well. Nice job fitting that body to the frame by the way

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Old 07-04-2020, 08:29 PM   #83
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I'd be so tempted to matte clear coat her just the way she is. Another vote for the grey steel wheels.
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Old 09-26-2020, 01:33 PM   #84
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It has been awhile since posting anything. I have done some work under the hood that is hard to show, but will try to get some pics later today. Basically making mounts for the ECU, brakes, battery, etc.

I picked up a rear tahoe seat, since they come with their own seat belts and I liked them. Took the mounting hardware off the bottom and will make some mounts to bolt them in. Sitting on 4x4s right now.

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Old 09-26-2020, 01:35 PM   #85
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Old 09-26-2020, 01:36 PM   #86
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Old 09-26-2020, 08:18 PM   #87
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Great project. It makes SO much sense to use a modern, mid-sized pickup frame for this project. People just don't understand how small these old vehicles are. I have a '47 International and the cab is small enough that I hung my cup holder on the passenger side door and it's an easy reach! I also have a '48 IH panel wagon project. I love those old cornbinders!! Again, great work.
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Old 09-26-2020, 10:31 PM   #88
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oneeye, do you have any pics of your '47? Always love seeing other folks trucks. Thanks, lots of folks dont agree with what I am doing. It was the fastest and least expensive way to get the old girl back on the road. Really liking it so far.
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Old 09-26-2020, 10:49 PM   #89
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Looks good, Don't mind the guys that think it should be on the original chassis. It's your truck do what you want. Some are for show some are for go.
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Old 09-27-2020, 07:47 AM   #90
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Nice update. Those seats are WAY too nice!

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Old 09-27-2020, 09:33 PM   #91
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This is very saddening, should have sold the whole truck to someone else and let them restore it. Makes no sense to put it on a Dakota frame, putting that old body on a Dodge 1 ton dually frame would have been bad, but a Dakota? I refuse to what any of those shows where they butcher up old cars, saying they are customizing them, acting like they are making them better.

I can see doing a brake upgrade, maybe adding power steering for the wimps and a few other modern upgrades. I have seen so many, where someone has really Fed up some cool old vehicles.

LOL! Always one in the bunch. Who cares how he rocks it.... Funny how some think “original” is the only way to go and talk trash to anyone doing anything other than that. They forget that if you weren’t doing this, it would be rusting in a field somewhere...


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Great choice for seats... Love this project!!!
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Old 09-28-2020, 06:49 PM   #93
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July 4th of 2016 I bought it out of a field on an old farm with the goal of having it drivable for the local rat rod show on Labor Day of that year. The engine was stuck, the tranny was stuck, no brakes, no bed, etc. I hammered it out and drove it the 70 miles to the show. Now, it just sits. Not enough time for everything.
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Old 09-28-2020, 07:00 PM   #94
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I hope to have this one ready to drive when I retire. Definately a frame swap going to happen here.
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This is very saddening, should have sold the whole truck to someone else and let them restore it. Makes no sense to put it on a Dakota frame, putting that old body on a Dodge 1 ton dually frame would have been bad, but a Dakota? I refuse to what any of those shows where they butcher up old cars, saying they are customizing them, acting like they are making them better.

I can see doing a brake upgrade, maybe adding power steering for the wimps and a few other modern upgrades. I have seen so many, where someone has really Fed up some cool old vehicles.
Your criticism and disappointment has been taken into consideration and discarded.
Thank you for your input.
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Old 09-28-2020, 09:22 PM   #96
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I am shocked you could find criticism for this effort. I am completely impressed with the restoration and can't find any basis for your complete lack of support. What have you done in this arena? I'll bet nothing.
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That is an awesome truck, Oneeye! Really like that--and the story! That panel truck is cool.
Yeah, no sweat about critics--I have had several old cars, 1942 Willys, 1955 Plymouth, and others. This is my first frame swap and really enjoying it--mostly. I do admire the old cars that are restored, it just isnt in my bank account to do that.
About got the last rear cab mount put in this week. Will move on to the dash next! Gotta figure out my gauge cluster.....
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Old 09-30-2020, 07:30 AM   #98
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Yep, can't let the haters get to you. I'm currently piecing together a 1922 Dodge Brothers roadster. Lots of thinking, engineering and making mismatched parts work so the progress is slow. If I ever do finish it, I won't care what anybody else thinks about it because I built it for me.
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...because I built it for me.
This right there! ^^^
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This right there! ^^^
Yep--that is the only reason I keep going.

Got the last cab mount bracket installed this evening. Hoping to work on the gauge cluster tomorrow.
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