Thursday, February 12, 2009

Body Swap

I finally got a chance to work on the Studebaker truck again. I was able to remove the bed and cab from the 1 ton frame with the engine hoist, some chain, and some rope. Curse sloped driveways, I had visions chasing the cab and hoist down the street.

Seeing the cab on the ground keeps me thinking of airbags. But, I want to avoid the cost, complexity and energy usage this time around.
The front body mounts on the old frame. Stick welded even. This is an old school hack job, just like the firewall currently in the truck. The original owner of the truck had at least 6 projects like this (all Studebaker trucks) in various stages of completion. Sadly he died before he could complete them all.

Not the best picture, but the body is in place on the S10 frame via some wood 2X4 spacers. It looks like it will actually fit well and the mounts should be easy to design and make.


Next up...
Measurements.
Ergonomics.
Body mounts.
Move engine back?
Firewall.
Lengthen frame? or shorten bed.
Remove the floor of the bed.
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