Riz, First of all, LOVE the magazine. It’s the highlight of my month; also, love your editorials. Sad to say, I can relate to a lot of them. I am in the process of building a ’55 F-100 in a 12x20-foot shop. A little tight, but you make it work. I have the chassis figured out, a 302, AOD, four-link rear, and a Mustang II frontend. I do have one question though. Does anyone make a bolt-in crossmember for the ’55 F-100? I’ve run across bolt-in crossmembers for ’48-52 F-1s, but not a ’55 F-100. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Always looking forward to the next issue.
Thank you for your time,
Hi Bob. Well, after spending quite a bit of time perusing the many ads featured in CLASSIC TRUCKS as well as hunting on the web I have to tell ya—I didn’t find a thing. It seems as though everything I found for the F-100 were weld-in assemblies. All is not lost though; most every area has a few mobile welding companies listed in the phone book or online. I’d suggest (as an option) purchasing any one of the Mustang II-style front suspension packages you’ll find listed by our advertisers. Each of them sell no-frills, plain steel kits for a fraction of the fancy shiny stainless IFS systems they offer as well. And getting a couple of estimates on how much it’d be to have a local welder swing by and weld up the components you’ve prepped and pre-fit to your framerails may well be more affordable than you might think. I think if I were in your shoes I’d get a couple of estimates from local welders and take it from there. Best of luck, and sorry I wasn’t as much help as I would have liked to have been.
Riz, First, I have to tell you what a great job you are doing with my favorite mag. I have subscribed to CLASSIC TRUCKS ever since it came to be. I hated to see you leave when you left, but followed you to ROD & CUSTOM. I even still have a few of the “little” ones around. I also love your emphasis on “home built trucks.” Now for my question. I have a ’55 Effie with a Volare frontend. Many years ago in CLASSIC TRUCKS there was an article on rebuilding the front suspension, even giving part numbers for bushings, etc. and naming sources. The frontend on my truck is showing some wear (I drive it almost daily) and I would like to freshen it up. Could you possibly recall that article or give me some sources to locate the components so I can keep my Effie safe and sound, and on the road for many more years? I’d appreciate any info you might be able to pass along. Please keep up the good work. Your “how-to” articles are very helpful and a real source of inspiration for continuing to “do it myself”!
Hi Rick. I’d be happy to do some digging for ya but it’s only been rather recently that we’ve begun archiving electronically. That said, it’s gonna take quite a while before I get a chance to manually peruse years worth of back issues. But there is an alternative. Out here in SoCal there’s an F-100 shop called Bob’s F-100 Parts. Bob’s been installing Volare frontends in Effies for years and knows nearly everything there is to know about them and their components. I’d suggest giving him a call at the shop at 951-681-1956. It’s possible that since he specializes in Volare conversions he may even have what you’re looking for in stock. Meanwhile, I’ll start digging and let ya know what I find as soon as I can.