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08 Dec 2014 17:51 - 15 Sep 2016 19:10 #56 by oestek
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Mating a 2002 Ford Lightning Chassis and driveline with a 1969 Ford F100 Ranger Pickup in the V8 Speed &Resto Shop

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When a customer called our shop suggesting his idea of mating a 1969 F100 Ranger with a 2002 Ford Lightning, we thought it was a cool idea but thought we would be taking the engine and transmission from the Lightning and putting them in the '69 truck. After doing much evaluation of the amount of time and parts it would take to make a '69 F100 not only have the power of the Lightning, but also the cornering ability, comfortable ride, braking, and reliability, he proposed we do a complete body swap on to the Lightning frame.



He's owned the 1969 F100 Ranger for many years, and this example is a very clean truck with 54,000 miles. It has a 390 V8, and a three speed manual on the column. While attending an auto auction, he came across a 2002 Ford Lightning that had been totaled by an insurance company, but had only received minor damage from a low-speed front end impact.





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08 Dec 2014 17:51 - 24 Dec 2014 13:59 #57 by oestek
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We suspect the reason for the total was that the radiator, air-conditioning coil, transmission cooler, and other core support mounted items had been damaged, and they were expensive to replace.

He bought the truck, and even with the damaged components, it still ran and drove. It was then measured to make sure the wheelbase was square, removing any suspicion of frame damage and it was decided that this would be a great candidate for the body swap.



The build plan also included a few upgrades to the 1969 truck body, including a Vintage Air system, an Ididit tilt steering column, upgraded audio, Dakota Digital VHX gauges, and a few other creature comforts.

When both trucks arrived in the V8 Speed & Resto Shop, we were very impressed with the quality of the '69. It has been repainted and some of the trim is a little faded, but overall it is a very nice truck. The plan is to leave the exterior as it is.

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08 Dec 2014 17:51 #58 by oestek
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Measurements were taken to compare the wheelbase, track with, and other crucial dimensions to see if the swap would be feasible.



We concluded that this could work, so disassembly of the Lightning began.









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08 Dec 2014 17:52 #59 by oestek
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The electrical system was disconnected, as were the brake lines, steering linkage, engine harness, fuel lines, emergency brake cables, and anything else tying the body to the chassis.




Soon, the crew had the Lightning cab and bed off the frame.







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08 Dec 2014 17:52 - 08 Dec 2014 18:10 #60 by oestek
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Next, they brought in the '69 F100 to do the same trick of removing the cab and bed.





The Lightning chassis was slid under the '69 Cab and the test fitting began.



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08 Dec 2014 17:52 - 15 Dec 2014 19:30 #61 by oestek
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As we lowered the 1969 cab down onto the 2002 Lightning chassis, it looked like the track width on the Lightning was going to be pretty close to the outer fender edges on the 1969.



Our first interference was the shape of the back of the '69 cab that allows the cab corners to hang down around the frame. The Lightning frame is wider than the '69 in this area, so the first cut on the '69 cab was to open up these corners.





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