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Can this be done, and be useful?
Vague Title I know, but here goes with what I am working on.
I am working on picking up an old 52 Studebaker Pickup. It actually is a 1 ton truck chassis with a pickup body on it from the factory.
Anyway, I am planning to build a sort of rat rod out of it, but I want to be different than the pack. Generally they are setup with a small block chevy in them.
My idea is to get a late 80's to 90's Ford Diesel truck and either transplant the Stude body onto the truck, or transplant the Ford running gear into the Stude's frame. I like the idea of the body on the Ford's frame, I would think I would get better brakes, steering etc. that way. I am also trying to decide if I want to run duals in the back and leave the long bed or cut the bed down to a short bed.
I haven't measured the two frames to see how they match up.
But I wanted to hear if this is even a feasible or reasonable idea?
Which motor's, transmission, rear ends, etc. are best and what to look for? The Stude cab is a stick setup right now. It already has what appears to be a International small block V8 in it possibly, hard to tell it's such a mess.
Also maybe an idea if a two wheel drive Ford can be lowered and how far can it be lowered.
Anyway, any help, opinions and resources are welcomed.