i was thinking of using a broncoII chasis, but im not sure if its wide enough, i havent bought anything yet. i want to get some more expert advice on the subject before i start. as soon as i get started on this transformation ill post pics incase anyone else wants to try. i have a feeling i'll be doing a whole lot of welding:)
I think some of the Ford SUV's might share a similar frame with the Panther sedans. I'd think that would be the best place to start looking, as you might, just might, be able to bolt the body onto the frame, since the cars are body on frame rather than unibody construction.
You might not have to do so much welding, but you would probably have a heck of a lot of wiring harness mating to do.
Anything is possible with enough money and time. But I agree with "Volando", it's best to stick with the same mfg for the chassis and running gear.
A guy who lives near our "pit stop" house in Baja has a cherry '48 4dr. DeSoto sedan on a 4X4 F350 chassis and running gear. I'll get photos when there in March.
Hey, Bajarider...I'm new on here and don't know if or how I can message you directly.
Are you anywhere near Cabo or elsewhere in Baja California Sur?
My best friend, almost brother, lives down their half of each year. And he has an older Mercedes 300TE he's thinking about selling or swapping, including possibly for a Panther platform now that he has heard of my adventures with the 97 Grand Marquis.
Also, he has a good friend who just had a rear axle come off his raised 4x4 and may be in need of some parts to repair. My friend also needs parts for a wiper motor. He has a good mechanic, but no good sources for parts down there. Do you know of any?
If you know the area, can you shed some light, either on Panther specific parts and/or used vehicles, or used parts in general?
Thanks. And sorry if I am doing this the wrong way. I'm sure I'll hear about it if I did, and will adjust accordingly the next time. Mea culpa...
Try to PM me, but I just tried to figure out how to do that and I couldn't. I'll work on that.
I live in SoCal. but have a home in San Felipe, about 120 miles south of the border in Baja Norte. I am usually there during the kids' school holidays and all summer. We do, however travel all over Baja on our dirt bikes. I am familiar with Cabo and San Jose Del Cabo, La Paz, and especially San Felipe.
As you know, dealer parts are expensive in Mexico. I usually scour the junkyards (every town has one. Ford trucks and Panthers are common and seem to be preferred for their durability in an area that's tough on vehicles), or order the parts from the US on line and have them shipped. The "ABC" buses travel all over Baja and can deliver parts to the bus terminal in just a couple of days.
My son and I will be riding dirt from San Felipe through the Bay of Los Angeles to San Ignacio Springs (a 1000 mile adventure) in March. Is your Bud anywhere near that path? Let me know what he needs.
My best friend lives outside of Pescadero about half the year, usually going down in Nov. or Dec.
Not sure what he needs, but he has a 200cc dirt bike, is having some kind of problem with his wipers on his old Mercedes 300TE, and is thinking of getting rid of it and getting something else. I am trying to convince him to get an older Panther platform.
He once had a Crown Vic, which he liked OK, but don't know what happened to it. We're still getting to know each other again...we were tight in college decades ago, and just found each other again a few months ago. We are still like brothers...know a lot of people, close to very few. But we are like brothers. So if I can find out what he is trying to do vehicle wise, I'll let you know. I will try to figure out the PM thing too.
A good friend of his down there just rolled a raised pickup when he lost a wheel or rear end. When his friend gets out of the hospital, he is going to need a car. Currently my buddy is letting his wife use the M-B, and they may end up buying it. He has a truck as well, plus the bike, but is sort of beginning to look for another car.
If you are going anywhere near Pescadero, I'll ask him if he wants to tag up. He knows a good dirt trail down there he rides a lot.
We have acquaintances in Todos Santos, just north of Pescadero. Wendy is from Scotland, her husband Bob from somewhere here in the states. I haven't seen them for a couple of years, but hope to be there this summer, or as soon as my daughter returns from roaming around Australia! I'll look your friend up if we make it that far south, which is probable as my wife loves Cabo (who doesn't?). Keep in touch.
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