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Ford pickup rolling chassis restauration
poor old '34 Ford hat suffered decades of neglect and some previous
owners hat made some very badly executed modifications which hat
seriously weakened the frame. Ed's Rod Shop returned this frame to
stock, adding hydraulic shocks, hydraulic brakes and an F1 steering box.
frame hat some rust in the normal places. Early Ford X-frames have
sandwiched rails front and rear which collect moisture and rust badly.
The only way to repair this is to drill out the rivets and remove the
rail. This frame had been chemically dipped to remove the rust but the
chemicals won't penetrate the sandwiched sections.
removing the rust and repairing the sections which would later be
sandwiched back together were treated to an anti-rust primer.
previous owner had split the bones, badly, and attached them to a weak
part of the frame. Post '32 frames simply aren't thick enough to attach
split wishbone tabs here without further strengthening. It was decided
to un-split the bones using sections of '36 rear bones and a '32-'34
'34 had been converted to cross steering which was the reason the front
wishbone was split. This clumsey arrangement was replaced by an F1
is often seen on badly built cars from America. A '39 hydraulic pedal
box has been fitted to the '34 frame by cutting out most of the front
left leg of the X-member. This seriously weakens the frame. The frame
was repaired to stock specification using fresh steel, steel from a 1948
frame and small repair sections were taken from a scrap '34 center
section to repair this one.
engine mounts had been welded solidly to the front crossmember! We used
the correct conversion kit used to locate late model flathead V8s into
early frames. The front crossmember was removed and cleaned up before
being riveted back in place.
had cut this section to install a none stock exhaust. A repair section
was made and welded into place.
are the original front shock mounts which were badly rusted. As we would
be fitting hydraulic shocks, these holes were welded up on both inner
and outer rails.
is a common problem on early frames. They rust out badly around the rear
kick-up and both inner and outer rails need repairing on both sides of
finished chassis was painted with a special creep primer formulated for
riveted frames and painted with chassis black high gloss paint. All
suspension and brake components were also painted. The rear axle was
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