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08-08-2019 10:00 PM
mckenziedg a little late to the game but subscribed. love the progress so far
07-24-2019 06:51 AM
'89Bronco302
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Originally Posted by ANGELO View Post
That's what i wanted to do originally. I havnt seen the ford but on the chevy the factory spacer is part of the rotor and hub.
I have the ford ones in my garage. The spacer is part of the hub that bolts to the rotor.
07-24-2019 06:40 AM
ANGELO
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Originally Posted by BigBlue 94 View Post
Ah, I havent followed the more recent parts.

I was talking the actual dually adapters that the factory uses to convert a normal axle to the dual configuration. I wasnt talking spacers that people use to widen their stance.

Like this

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...7d1bb52d51.jpg
That's what i wanted to do originally. I havnt seen the ford but on the chevy the factory spacer is part of the rotor and hub.
07-23-2019 07:56 PM
BigBlue 94 Ah, I havent followed the more recent parts.

I was talking the actual dually adapters that the factory uses to convert a normal axle to the dual configuration. I wasnt talking spacers that people use to widen their stance.

Like this

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...7d1bb52d51.jpg
07-23-2019 07:48 PM
ANGELO
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Originally Posted by dash_cam View Post
holy crap your ford/chevy/truck/hauler is going to be enormous
Its only 35ft lol


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Originally Posted by '89Bronco302 View Post
This thing is gonna be awesome. Iíve always wanted an older ford ramp truck but they are almost nonexistent. Seems like all the ramp trucks I find are chevys. Almost bought a ford rollback a while back but I donít like all the extra hydraulics and higher deck height. Once this thing is done you need to load the bronco and head up north for some wheeling.
I see ford occasionally dont think ive ever seen a dodge though. But both of them especially with a hodges bed are ridiculously expensive. They allways seem to go for 5,000+. Rignt now in definetly under 2000 after selling the extra chevy parts. Definitely plan on taking the bronco up north with it.

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Originally Posted by BigBlue 94 View Post
As far as i know, the adapter bolts in place of the wheel, then the wheel gets bolted to it. Just has to be big enough to clear the lockout.

You can run those front wheels in the rear inner position without seei g the unpolished backside.
My inner rears are steel. Also i dont think the fronts have enough offset to be in the rear.
I dont want any spacer with this much weight i dont trust them.
07-23-2019 02:56 PM
BigBlue 94
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Originally Posted by ANGELO View Post
the ford hub is bigger then the chevy so it would have to be a adapter spacer, which i am against. i found out the front wheels arent finished on both sides so they can only be on the front. so im am just going to get them machined to fit the ford hub.
As far as i know, the adapter bolts in place of the wheel, then the wheel gets bolted to it. Just has to be big enough to clear the lockout.

You can run those front wheels in the rear inner position without seei g the unpolished backside.
07-23-2019 11:17 AM
dash_cam holy crap your ford/chevy/truck/hauler is going to be enormous
07-23-2019 09:21 AM
'89Bronco302 This thing is gonna be awesome. Iíve always wanted an older ford ramp truck but they are almost nonexistent. Seems like all the ramp trucks I find are chevys. Almost bought a ford rollback a while back but I donít like all the extra hydraulics and higher deck height. Once this thing is done you need to load the bronco and head up north for some wheeling.
07-22-2019 11:12 PM
Handy_andy_cv64 Ah, I always thought those polished wheels had something wrong with them, now I know.
07-22-2019 11:05 AM
ANGELO
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Originally Posted by Handy_andy_cv64 View Post
I thought there was an adapter that would mimic one hub or the other, in this case, fit a Ford hub and provide a GM center. If done right, I think it'll be not only good, but actually great. But, if you don't want to go that way, the two front tires can become your rear spare tires, and then carry two of the tires off the Ford axle for front spares. Win win either way.
the ford hub is bigger then the chevy so it would have to be a adapter spacer, which i am against. i found out the front wheels arent finished on both sides so they can only be on the front. so im am just going to get them machined to fit the ford hub.
07-22-2019 11:03 AM
ANGELO IMG_50751 by Angelo Mehtala, on Flickr

IMG_50731 by Angelo Mehtala, on Flickr

20190721_162514 by Angelo Mehtala, on Flickr

making progress.

that sleepers not square, one side has a drip rail and the other doesnt. and neither is the front of the bed from the cab being pushed into it. so the bottom corner of the driverside of the bed hits the cab. should be easy to cut bed back and reweld
07-22-2019 03:20 AM
Handy_andy_cv64 I thought there was an adapter that would mimic one hub or the other, in this case, fit a Ford hub and provide a GM center. If done right, I think it'll be not only good, but actually great. But, if you don't want to go that way, the two front tires can become your rear spare tires, and then carry two of the tires off the Ford axle for front spares. Win win either way.
07-17-2019 01:06 PM
ANGELO
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Originally Posted by locopny View Post
whats the total estimated length of that completed unit? I assume there will be a hefty length of double frame vs just a decent notch weld...?
Am curious about the wheelbase too...imagine that it will rival the length of a semi tractor.

As far as wheels....its been a long time since I've looked at a Ford and Chevy dually front end...but they have a extended hub/spacer IIRC. Is it possible to machine one to fit the other? Guess I can search some photos to check it for myself...was sorta thinking out loud.

Interesting project....and I applaud your ambition to tackle it.


i dont remember the wheelbase but entire lengths about 35ft. max legal straight trucks 45. right now the rig has a 7x3 1/4 angle that runs down almost the entire frame. we plan on cutting 3 feet past the end of that angle, and about 2 feet under the ramp on the chevy. im going to fish plate the inside then continue the from where the angle ended on the rig to a couple feet past the fishplate. hodges built these beds on a tube steel frame about 6" above the truck frame with rectangle tubing welded to both every couple feet. so since the joint will be under the bed i feel it will be plenty strong since the bed will really stiffen it up. then i have the angle to stiffen up the space between the cab and bed.

i havnt taken the wheels off so im not sure yet, but im either going to get the ford dually spacer machined or see if they sell a adaper one. i am really against running spacer adapters on something like this. I dont want to get the wheels machined since then the two fronts wont fit the rear.
07-17-2019 11:50 AM
locopny whats the total estimated length of that completed unit? I assume there will be a hefty length of double frame vs just a decent notch weld...?
Am curious about the wheelbase too...imagine that it will rival the length of a semi tractor.

As far as wheels....its been a long time since I've looked at a Ford and Chevy dually front end...but they have a extended hub/spacer IIRC. Is it possible to machine one to fit the other? Guess I can search some photos to check it for myself...was sorta thinking out loud.

Interesting project....and I applaud your ambition to tackle it.
07-17-2019 09:23 AM
ANGELO
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Originally Posted by locopny View Post
you are splicing the two frames together to accommodate the longer bed? Nice looking Alcoa's...they going to make it onto the other truck?
yes. that bed is completely welded to the frame. it would almost be easier to build new vs trying to get that bed off. I want to use the alcoas. we are using the chevy rear. corperate 14 bolt. since it has a higher weight rating so the wheels will fit the rear. but in the front ill still have to figure it out. the chevy hub it smaller then the ford and those wheels are hub centric. same lug pattern though
07-16-2019 11:24 PM
locopny you are splicing the two frames together to accommodate the longer bed? Nice looking Alcoa's...they going to make it onto the other truck?
07-16-2019 02:56 PM
ANGELO not much has changed since i posted last but major changed this comming week.
i was driving for work and saw a totaled chevy ramp truck on the side of the road. so i pulled over to see if i could buy the bed. he said he would sell the bed for 1000, but then said he would much rather sell it all for 3500. all complete rust free decent interior, new tires, alcoas, new winch, mild built 355 with less then 10,000 miles same with the trans. figured i can buy it complete and get my money back
received_3075483115802880 by Angelo Mehtala, on Flickr

received_355874448409670 by Angelo Mehtala, on Flickr

hit above the frame so no frame damage. posted the partout ad last saturday morning and started to strip it. sold the engine and trans, cab, and interior by the end of the day for 2000$. the engine was actually sold to the person driving when it was wrecked.

20190713_152058 by Angelo Mehtala, on Flickr

20190714_110225 by Angelo Mehtala, on Flickr

next day trailered the rig to the warehouse and got its bed off. next weekend joining the two.
02-09-2019 05:47 PM
Handy_andy_cv64 Jeez. I've said it before, and I'll say it again...some people shouldn't operate anything more complicated than a ham sandwich.
02-09-2019 03:21 PM
ANGELO
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Originally Posted by AKBronco30 View Post
Two butt connectors within an inch of eachother, it looks like someone didn't measure quite right and then had to splice in a couple of extra inches. Is that cut wire grounded or does it go nowhere?
Its probally supposed to go somewere. There was 2 cut wire in the engine harness that were wire nut together. They were the 12 to the glow plugs and fss...
02-09-2019 01:54 PM
PowerB Two butt connectors within an inch of eachother, it looks like someone didn't measure quite right and then had to splice in a couple of extra inches. Is that cut wire grounded or does it go nowhere?
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