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22 Dec 2014 16:45 #206 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: 1969 Ford F100 / 2002 Ford Lightning "Thunder's Truck"
The crew was pretty impressed how the wheel fit in the front wheel well, and it didn't look like very much fore-aft adjustment would be needed.

The cab is still not all the way down on the frame in this picture, so this is not ride height.



Bringing down the cab left this fitment:

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22 Dec 2014 16:46 #207 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: 1969 Ford F100 / 2002 Ford Lightning "Thunder's Truck"
With the cab "in the ballpark", the crew was eager to test fit the '69 bed on the Lightning chassis. We knew the wheelbase of the Lightning was approximately 5 inches longer than the 1969 truck, so we anticipated a fitment issue there. The crew unbolted the '69 bed and carried it into the Lightning chassis.






Once they set the '69 bed on the Lightning chassis, it became obvious that some modifications would be needed to have it fitted properly. The Lightning frame kicks up approximately 3 to 4 inches, raising the bed far above its original orientation to the cab.



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22 Dec 2014 16:46 #208 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: 1969 Ford F100 / 2002 Ford Lightning "Thunder's Truck"
We also noted that this the gap between the cab and the bed was approximately 5 inches, so the crew began to strategize on how to make this fit.






At this point, it was determined that perhaps the cab should be "locked down" into its final position before the crew made any changes to the frame to fit the bed. Little spacers were made to simulate cab mounts to pick up the backside of the cab, and the cab was located longitudinally on the Lightning frame.



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22 Dec 2014 16:46 - 22 Dec 2014 16:47 #209 by oestek
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This truck will not be using the Lightning wheels when completed, but it will use wheels of the same size to utilize the stock Lightning tire dimensions. This way, we will be sure that the gear ratio will match that is designed for the lighting.



It turns out that the front cab amounts will be usable on the Lightning chassis, and the crew position and '69 cab over these. Holes will have to be drilled for the mounts, but if it should work.

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22 Dec 2014 16:48 - 22 Dec 2014 16:48 #210 by oestek
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The crew rolled the chassis truck outside to be able to step away and look at it.



With the cab bolted in place at the front cab mounts, the crew felt it was safe to begin addressing the wheelbase situation. They drilled out and ground off the rivets holding the stock leaf spring mounts to the chassis, and measured the frame to see if the rear suspension could be moved forward to shorten the wheelbase. When the wheelbase seemed to be in the right place, they tack welded the brackets back on the frame to evaluate.




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22 Dec 2014 16:48 - 22 Dec 2014 16:49 #211 by oestek
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Next, the crew needed to address the bed height situation. This was done by grinding notches in the transverse supports below the bed.



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