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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-29-2004, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Opinions on my project anyone?

Alright here goes...I was planning on mating a 79 F150 with my zuk..should I one:
Remove the zuk body and put it on the Ford(of course moving the rear and bobbing the tail and all that)
or two:
Remove the stuff from the ford and use it on the Zuk chassis

opinions anyone..and pros and cons would be a great help.
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Re: Opinions on my project anyone?

if i were in your position i would for sure use the entire f-150 chassis and mount the zuk body on it. depending on the f-150 wheelbase, it may be wise to shorten the frame too. should make a good trail rig though.
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Re: Opinions on my project anyone?

go with ford stuff in zuk frame...
the ford in general is heavy, and noit very storng in design.
also, what engine, as most they had that vintage where pretty munch junk..... the 351m, and te 400 where heavy engines that had no power...
the rear 9" is a bad choice due to the extremely low pinion.
the front axle is a d44 HP, but a bad one at that, as it was a bad year, and the front tubes where extra thin, and tend to bend near the casted radius arm mounts.
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Re: Opinions on my project anyone?

The ford has the 302 I think but it feels strong cause its been just rebuilt and the clutch is new...do you guys think I should four link the rear or three link..if I use the ford and put the zuk on top I wanna move the rear forward some, to a zero clearance setup with a linked rear and coils..

something like the one on the att..
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Re: Opinions on my project anyone?

Seeing a lot of fords I'd say keep the zook frame and make it fit... Ford frames SUCK. When the cross bracing goes, and they will, the frame is toast. Pete.. squeeze that stuff in there.
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Re: Opinions on my project anyone?

I was caught in the same fix with my planned swap. I went with Ford stuff in zuk frame and Im kinda happy I did. My frame hasnt twisted yet and I push my setup fairly hard. In fact none of the stock components ( stock t/case and axles) have snapped and I've done a few runs now. The only thing thats gonna work against you is all of the Ford Transfer cases are Driver side pig, unless you push the confusion of running driver side pig axles..but you mine as well spend the cash and slap a D300 etc behind it...
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Re: Opinions on my project anyone?

I wish I had some pic's! My buddie widened his zuki body 2', lengthened it 2.5' ,and chopped the windshield frame and door glass frames to 13".Then dropped it down on a 84 full size bronco with 39" Swanpers with lots of room on a stock suspension.It looks like a tricked out HUMV more than zuki so I dubbed it the HUMZUKI [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] It been on hold for a few years now Ill try to snap some picks this weekend.

O'yea the fords frame was cracked by the steering box.
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Re: Opinions on my project anyone?

sounds like good stuff..so far the ford stuff on the zuk frame is winning its a more complicated build but if its worth it Ill do it that way..buttttt..how bout if I box the ford frame?

and for the rear link suspension...3 or 4??
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Re: Opinions on my project anyone?

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how bout if I box the ford frame?


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That sounds like more work still. The frame is wider too. So, not only boxing it but adapting body/frame. Plenty of Sammys have recieved v8's so I dont think it could be all that bad. The sammy frame is not boxed it is tube which makes them fairly durable.

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and for the rear link suspension...3 or 4??

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It's really a matter of preference here. I am going triangulated 4 link because it is the most simple (to me) and flexes well. Plus I have done a S-load of math to calculate what will work best (for my set-up) so I am kind of fond of four links now.
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Re: Opinions on my project anyone?

Just go with leaf springs. I hate coils, spent the last couple of years working in a TJ and I cant stand control arms and trac bars.....everytime you lift'em you have to extend something or move it or build a bracket.....sucks. Leafs are simple, easy, and they work. [img]images/graemlins/givemebeer.gif[/img]
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