Mark a line where the frame straightens out.
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Now mark a line where the frame widens out.
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I cut a slot in a spare piece of light angle iron then spread it out to match the curvature of the frame so I could know how much to cut.
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Now do the same for the other side and on the bottom rail too.
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Cut the all the marks you have just made.
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Now you can remove the last crossmember and undo everything that holds the rear axle on.
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Now take some crossmembers from the original frame and bolt them into existing holes to pull the frame rails together. Note: I have put a Dana 70 rear axle from '76 F-350 in. You can reweld the spring perches on the Supercab Dana 60, use a Dana 60 from a 57-72 truck or even reuse the original Timken rear axle from the 48-52 but that isn't recommended.
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I cut the ends off the original crossmember and welded them onto the rear main crossmember from the 48-52 frame. Also at this point make a cardboard template of the three holes, you will need this later.
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Now bolt the crossmember in. You will be reusing the lower brackets from the Supercab frame not the 48-52 frame. I also took the crossmember that goes under the cab on the 48-52 frame and mounted it. You will have to use the 48-52 lower mounts.
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Now mark a straight line just before the frame slopes down. The Supercab frame has a wheelbase of 155" and the 48-52 frame is 122". 155" - 122" = 33". Now subtract 5" from 33". Now mark another line 28" ahead of the other line. Note: Your front line will be farther ahead than mine because I accidentally marked 23" instead of 28". Remember measure twice cut once!
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Find some suitable blocks and make sure there is a little gap between the blocks and the frame. This will help with cutting as the frame will pull apart so you won't jam the blade. I cut from the bottom to the top. I bought some threaded rod and put it through some existing holes to add some strength when cutting.
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Here is the frame with the "hump" removed.
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You were probably wondering why we left 5" out? You will have to measure 5" at the center of the frame and cut half way down like the picture shows.
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I bought a 7' piece 3 x 2 x 3/16 angle iron. I cut it into four 15" and two 12" pieces. You will have to round the corner for the angle iron to fit good. I marked the center of the angle iron and clamped in the center of the 5" cut. I drilled a hole in the center with a drill bit one size smaller than 1/2 so the bolt fits sung and then bolted them in place.
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I slid the frame together and clamped it in place.
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Last updated on April 22, 2010