Hey there folks just signed up. I know I may catch some flack from you folks over this but it's not my fault......
I recently purchased a 1948 Ford F-1, of which (as I find out) I am the third owner of this project truck. The original owner mounted the F-1 body on the 1973 chassis and Z'd the frame to shorten the wheel base to match the length of the '48 Ford. The shortening looks to have been well done and the Z has been fish plated for additional support. The frame has been epoxy coated and the second owner installed a lowering kit 5-7" overall (including drop spindles, springs and c-notch/flip kit for the rear). The second owner also replaced the breaks all around, and installed all new bushings and bearings through out. The truck currently has a 305 from and TH400 trans (which I just had rebuilt), drive shaft shortened as necessary.
So I once I had the rough body work completed (1 year after I purchased it) I began test fit up and found that the front track width is too wide for the front sheet metal of the '48. The previous owner never indicated that this was potentially an issue (and perhaps he didn't even know as the front sheet metal was off the truck when he got it according to the pictures he gave me from when he purchased the truck 3 years before I purchased it.
I'm not sure what my options might be to correct this problem. I am planning on using this truck as a driver rather than a show truck so I don't really want to spend a bunch of money on a MII kit. I am curious if there are any options that will correct this 6" discrepancy in width from the salvage yard since I have more time than money to spend on this thing.
Sorry for the long post and I look forward to any advice that folks may have. Since I am getting down to the chassis, drive train and electrical components I will be spending a lot more time on here.