Phase III: Studebaker Conversion Frame Grafting
Herb and I were undecided on where and how to graft these frames. So we chose a conservative method and started whittling away a little off the front of the Studebaker and a little off the rear of the Chevy. For our first cuts, we had left the body on the Studebaker along with datum points, so we could locate the front wheels in the correct location in the wheel wells.
We also were attempting to create more ground clearance under the Studebaker. Not a god-awful amount, but enough to allow the stock Chevy suspension to work as it was designed. A blend of original form and new function was constantly being weighed with each choice we made.