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car body on 4x4 frame info?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by monster man, Oct 10, 2005.

  1. monster man

    monster man 1/2 ton status

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    no, seriously, I'm not looking to start a flame war, just some info on what's involved with putting a car body on a truck frame. My project K20's body is totally hammered, and my brother has a '75 Mark IV body in great shape. The perfect combo? Not to some, but it's cheap and it's what we have so we want to go for it. Trying to decide what's best- putting 4x4 suspension on the Lincoln frame or Lincoln body on the truck frame. It's hillbilly, it's taboo, it's godawful, I know, but surely SOMEBODY here has done it, though they may not want to admit it :haha:

    Who could resist crawling rocks in a Newport-Beach-Pimp-Blue Lincoln with full turqoise leather interior? :wink1:

    namely am looking for some internet sites to get inspiration from.
     
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  2. k204dr

    k204dr 1/2 ton status

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    Maybe Mullet.com?
    Do it, just don't tell anybody you did it.
     
  3. 78Suburban

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    IMHO: put the body on the truck frame... don't try to build a wheeler off of a car frame..
    I know a guy with a 70 something camaro on 44" hawgs and that thing looks mean (at least to an ignorant redneck like me) ;)
     
  4. monster man

    monster man 1/2 ton status

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    here's a concept, I know some of you (ALL of you) are pretty skeptical after the railing that the magazines give these things, but just think of it as a brand new body style for K-trucks :D

    One of the classiest luxury cars ever made, rolling on 38" Boggers
    the body will most likely end up 4-6" higher depending if the body mounts are all on the right planes

    lincoln1.jpg
     
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    ive actually helped a friend with this, we got it to the point that the two were joined. 86 camaro and 85 jimmy. we made mounts and tied into the subframe, it wa actually quite easy, kept the steering column from the camaro but everything including steering, motor, suspension was all the jimmy. for the brakes we used the camaro master cylinder (the booster from the jimmy wouldnt fit and the jimmys brakes. he moved away with the project, but ive never seen it finished. it was pretty cool though.
     
  6. theperfectgarage

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    At least make sure the a/c and power everything works, and real dark tint ( so no one can see you ). Reminds me of the old joke about riding a mo-ped or screwing a......... Best o' luck, I know all about being poor and using what I've got laying around.
     
  7. trailblazr81

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    Do it!! Do it!! Tho you would need to grow the required Mullet!! Git-R-Done!! :saweet: Make sure its Locked front and rear and has decent mud tires under it!!!
     
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    Id get it converd in mud and drive the SOB around the mall parking lot :bow:
     
  9. clarkjw24

    clarkjw24 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Heres one.

    Kiario1.jpg
     
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    IMO it would depend on what engine/trans you are useing. Putting a 4x4 under or in a car with a frame is easy if you can weld. If your useing the Ford motor do that if your useing the Chevy motor the use the frame from the k5. Its a lot of work for not alot of a truck or car.
     
  11. paulmoon

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    One of the guys working at the Chevy wrecking yard in Sacramento, Ca. put a Camaro body on a second Gen K5 without much trouble.
     
  12. monster man

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    99% sure we're using the 350/th350/np205 out of my '73, then swapping the 350 out of our t-bucket and the SM465/np205 out of the '78 into my '73, along with the good cab, then the 460/C6/9" from the Lincoln will go in our t-bucket :D The 396 from the '78 (actually a 60's Impala) has an uncertain future at this point because it needs so much work. So, it looks like using the truck frame is the best choice, though it will (surprisingly considering the length of the Mark IV) need to be shortened about 12 inches.

    We'll only need to dispose of the Lincoln frame and hammered Chevy body. Jeez, I oughtta get a recycling credit from the government :haha:
     
  13. DieselDan

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    I always thought a Checker (is in Cab) would make a cool 4 wheeler. I think they're full frame. A few dents, brush gaurd, viola! CONJO CABBIE :haha:
     
  14. jekquistk5

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    There is a whole bunch of rednecks in michigan... lets see here
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    Thats all I can think of! It looks cool as long as you do it right
     
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    My friend has an El Camino body on a k5 frame. Its pretty dam cool, its orange and has 01 on the side, on the windshield it says "General Nuisance" Its got a 4inch lift and 35s, the only problem is its hard jumping up into it and then have to crouch cuz its not tall like a truck on the inside. I would build it, it would be a fun project.
     
  16. original balzer

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    personaly i dont like the sportier cars on 4x4 frames (I.E. camaros mustangs)
    i think the lincon would be cool i have owed a few lincons and actualy liked the cars. i think the squareness would work well on a 4x4. my vote is go for it take alot of pics and do a write up on it just for fun

    balzer
     
  17. sledheadak

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    there are 2 mark bodied 4x4s up here,a red one and a blue one.they look ool but have never seen them off road.so it has been done before.
     
  18. RootBreaker

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    here ya go...
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    I had a pic of that classic 70's camaro (red) with mullet dude passenger on about 38's..... Id do it in a heart beat... :bow:
     
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    If you do it, take pics and post the progress. It would be fun to watch the buildup.
     
  20. REDCRO_REDNECK

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    another plus would be that car plates in mo dont have weight limits so you can lift as high as the headlights rule would allow! :eek1: Might want to check your lift laws
     

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