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[oletrucks] RE: 49 3600 Upgrade

To: "'rick petty'" <my49@usa.net>, oletrucks@autox.team.net
Subject: [oletrucks] RE: 49 3600 Upgrade
From: Terry Stellman <STELLMAN@noex.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 1999 09:51:53 -0500

I will jump in here and add my opinion so take it for what it is worth.  I
have a 49 3600 also that I modified but tried to leave it 'look' as original
as possible.  I went with the Nova/Camaro front subframe because it was
cheap and I didn't really know of any alternative except the high priced
kits that they sell in the magazines.  I wouldn't recommend it to anyone
else if they had access to a Pacer subframe from what I have read since.  I
think the bolt-in method is the way to go because it saves all the hassle of
cutting, and welding, and reinforcing, and re-attaching the radiator cross
member, and on and on.  The biggest advantage of the Nova/Camaro method,
next to the cost, is that it is already setup for the V8 and automatic

I also went the Nova rear end and I don't have any complaints in that
department.  It was cheap ($100) and parts are readily available.

As far as what might be worth anything off your old truck,  I personally
didn't see much value in most everything I took off of mine except for the
rear brake drums and emergency brake cables.  I guess everything else is in
the eye of the beholder.  Good luck.

Terry Stellman
1949 3600
Missouri City, Texas

> -----Original Message-----
> From: rick petty [SMTP:my49@usa.net]
> Sent: Sunday, August 29, 1999 6:32 PM
> To:   oletrucks@autox.team.net
> Subject:      
> OK here goes.  I'm new to the site and recently purchased a '49 3600 in
> pretty
> good condition.  At least it is all there.  Previous owner said it was
> running
> 3 years ago when it was parked.  I didn't even try to start it.  I've
> disassembled the body and the body shop is working on it.  I struggled
> with
> the decision to restore or reconfigure and have decided to keep appearance
> as
> original as possible with a new drive train (V-8 and auto trans)and
> suspension. I built a '32 Ford Coupe, 5 window years (ok decades) ago with
> a
> 331 Chrysler Hemi, Ford truck front end and trans etc.  I'm pretty
> mechanical
> but this is new.  I'm ready to work the suspension and drive train.  Money
> is
> always important but not the primary factor. I'm more interested in ending
> up
> with a quality road ready, reliable vehicle as quickly as possible
> Here are my questions.
> Suspension - I'm reading that the AMC pacer and now Volarie make good
> cadidnate for front end. Any other suggestions and what kinds of problems
> am I
> facing?
> Engine/Trans - Small Block - Are there conversion kits or is it a pretty
> simple install.  What kinds of problems can I avoid with some up front
> tips?
> Lastly - I have no idea of the value or market for the old parts.  When I
> mention I converting to a V-8, people get real interested and volunteer to
> take the old parts off my hands.  Suggestions?
> My direct e-mail is rickpetty@usa.net
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