- Jan 8, 2019
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- North Carolina 28762
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Your point with the SLA was my same thinking. Same model truck. But apparently the difference in frames is too much.Originally Posted by Byronator
Now how will this (TTB) fit with my frame?
Well, the illustrious Jim Oaks asked the same question (although his technically was has anyone done it).
As Adms08 says - for TTB, it is probably easier to swap a pre-'98 frame, front axle & steering than to adapt the '98+ frame. You would just need to do something about the 3" wheelbase difference, assuming this is the regular cab you have in your signature.
Course for just needing 4wd for occasional bad weather day, SLA is the way to go, IMHO. And for that, I would find another '98+ Ranger 4x4 (with same engine) and work from there. This assume you have to much invested in body/engine/sentimental value to walk away from your current truck.
As Denise says, the only reason to modify is when Ford didn't offer it:
Ford didn't offer 5.0 which is why I did the swap myself.
Ford didn't offer long bed on SuperCab, which is again, why I did the mod myself.
And I might do the TTB frame under my truck, because, I want to keep the 4dr cab, and 4dr SuperCab long box was never offered by Ford. (My daughter wants me to restore a '51 F-1 off the farm for her, which might take precedence..)
I have the tools and like to think I have the skill, but in hip pocket, I have a running 2nd vehicle.