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Has anyone used a Dakota Frame

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Gumpa, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. Gumpa
    Joined: Jan 19, 2006
    Posts: 601


    We just got the frame out from under the Dodge a week or so ago and found all but the suspension Crossmember and the one for a trailer hitch have been cut out so we picked up a 1989 Dodge Dakota Frame with suspension for $65. and we are wondering if anyone else has used a Dakota frame under a late 40s mopar. Gumpa
  2. arkracing
    Joined: Feb 7, 2005
    Posts: 891


    Used the front clip from a Dakota in a '41 Dodge Truck if that helps you any:rolleyes:
  3. draggin breath
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 509

    draggin breath

    I checked one out to go under a '48 Stewed;would work OK because of the rack and pinion location. Will fit where S-10 steering is a problem. There is a '41 Nash locally that has had the dakota swap for years'the owner went with a OD because the dakota had 3.73's.
  4. I read somewhere (Mopar Action) that the first gen Viper used the Dakota front end as the basis for its front end. So, it can't be all that bad, right?;)


  5. Boones
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
    Posts: 9,692

    from Kent, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

  6. guiseart
    Joined: Apr 7, 2005
    Posts: 3,872


  7. 38mag
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
    Posts: 258


    I have one under my 38 Plymouth coupe, it is a 93, I used the complete chassis including the engine, OD tranny & rearend, the wiring harness,dash and seats. I did install air-ride. The car has got 2 Goodguys picks, the Low Lid pick at 2003 Columbus and the Mopar pick at 2005 Goodguys Hershey. The car handles and drives great.
  8. 39plymouth
    Joined: Oct 25, 2009
    Posts: 52


    38 mag id love to see pics of this specially build if u have it i have a 39 im working on and am planning to use a dak frame and air ride... thanks
    Joined: Nov 10, 2005
    Posts: 846

    from Holly

    Helping a friend with a 38 Plymouth 2-dr. Dakota front clip with 318 engine. Hasen't been on the road yet but seems to be a great setup. My only concern was the angle on the steering rack shaft. Solved with a couple of U-joints.:D
  10. 38mag
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
    Posts: 258


    I didn't take to many pix when I was building, here's a pic of it finished.

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  11. got one underneath my 53 Dodge truck, see avitar. Bud
  12. N2OLDTIN
    Joined: Nov 1, 2009
    Posts: 34

    from Oak Hills

    Nice car. I would also love to see other pics. I have a 36 Plymouth I'm starting. I'm goinig to start looking tomorrow for a dak frame. any ideas what year frames i should stay away from? Thanks for the info... I was just about to order a mustang 2 front end from speedway before i read this post.
  13. oldsrocket
    Joined: Oct 31, 2004
    Posts: 2,172


    I'm hoping for some frontend pics as well. I'm thinking of using a 1987 dakota frame on my 1940 studebaker. Might just go the front stub route. I'd appreciate it if anybody that has done this could post a few pics of the bare front part of the chassis. I'd also be happy if somebody that has one of these could grab some measurements for me.
  14. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,438

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

  15. 53sled
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 5,818

    from KCMO

  16. Ruiner
    Joined: May 17, 2004
    Posts: 4,145


    Don't throw that stock frame away...someone might have the ambition to fix the crossmembers and use it...
  17. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
    Posts: 7,668

    Larry T

    Here's the one I'm gonna try to put under my 56 Ford pickup. After measuring, I think I can cut the frame horns off right in front of the crossmember/rack. Then I can stub the framehorns and front crossmember off my 56 frame. That will give me the mount for the radiator support, locate my front end and have the bumper mounts.
    Larry T


  18. Diehard32
    Joined: Nov 20, 2007
    Posts: 201


    Are you planning on keeping the IFS as is on the dakota chassis?

    I have a 89 dakota frame set aside to mount a '38 Chevy PU cab on and am torn with cutting the front clip entirely off or leaving the IFS.

    Also, will a 904 tranny mount to a 318?
  19. jtownnewbe
    Joined: Nov 11, 2009
    Posts: 25


    Dakotas have a lovely suspension setup, but I consider them the track width too wide for 40's and early 50's car and trucks. The track width restricts one to the use of wheels which have little or no offset and and may not look right to you or may rub the fenderwells if you plan on going low.
  20. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
    Posts: 7,668

    Larry T

    Yes, I'm going to use as much of the Dakota chassis as I can. The stock frame that was under the 56 when I got it had been SEVERELY butchered, it was cracked in other places and rusted through in still others. And since I'm planning on using the truck as a daily driver and to tow my Anglia to the track, I wanted to upgrade (I know that can be a dirty word around here) to IFS, power steering, disc brakes, etc. I wanted to lower the 56 a little too and this chassis will lower it without modifying the stock suspension. Gonna try to use the stock Dakota gas tank and metal bed floor. I'm going to try to adapt the 56 bed sides, tailgate, etc. to fit the floor. I'm leaning toward using an 8" Granada rear end since it will tuck the tires in a little after I move the springs under the frame rails.
    Also, I'm not real fond of the stock rear cab mounts on the 56, so I'm putting the rear cab mount off of the Dakota (in picture) under the 56 cab.
    I don't know about the Dodge engine/transmission deal since I'm planning to run a SBC/700R4 in this. I guess that should keep everyone happy (or piss everyone off), got parts from each of the Big 3 for the Mutt.
    I've got to agree with checking the track width before you start, I've seen lots of cars with clips put under them that didn't work very well. Frame changes would be the same.
    Larry T
  21. chopper99
    Joined: Jan 27, 2006
    Posts: 499


    I've seen this car and it looks better in person than it does in the pic, which is pretty damn nice.
  22. 73RR
    Joined: Jan 29, 2007
    Posts: 6,604


    The 904 was designed only for the small block.:) Most 88 and newer trans are A-500 O/D

  23. Here's the 49 (?) Dodge truck that I am going to be placing on the 95 Dakota's frame... It is / was a one or two ton chassis though, so it has the fender flares & running boards / steps. I am a little worried about how low that the cab will sit on the Dakota frame, but at least I'll be able to leave the suspension more "stock" without having to bag it or to put dropped spindles on it.

    If anyone would like to give me some advice on using the Dakota firewall and floorpan under the rest of the 49 cab, please PM me a phone number and I'd LOVE to talk to you some night. I have seen MoparMan4GZUZ and some others who have done this, but I think that I have a few too many questions to ask via PM's and e-mail. I've taken a lot of measurements between the two trucks, but wonder a little about the fore & aft alignment more than anything at the moment.

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  24. 57dodge
    Joined: Feb 27, 2007
    Posts: 192


    Those Convertible Dakotas are rare, you should've found differnt Donor Truck :D:rolleyes:

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