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Old 07-24-2005, 10:13 PM
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1934 Dodge DRXX front suspension

Does anyone out there have any front suspension recommendations SPECIFICALLY for a 1934 Dodge DRXX? I am building a "traditional" style highboy 5 window coupe. Although it came with an IFS in 1934, it has lever arm shocks for upper control arms, parts are scarce, and dropped spindles/brake upgrades/etc are non-existent. Is a completely new subframe my only option or is there any way to modify the archaic original setup? I want it LOW and safe enough to handle what the hilborn injected 392 can dish out. At the same time I want a 50's period correct look. Am I asking too much? Any suggestions?

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Hello........I would like to WELCOME YOU HERE.....

Those early Mopars can be made into cool Hot Rods.....and have a better frame than the Fords and Chevrolets of the same years. The drawback is.......as you know the IFS.

If you are a competent fabricator.......

A new front cross member could be fabricated and a 4 bar suspension installed...with a dropped axle. A early Ford (28 to 34 ) type front end with a 5 inch drop....would be my suggestion.


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Thanks Deuce,

I have been leaning towards a drilled straight axle since parts are so readily available, inexpensive, and period correct. Your suggestion of manufacturers? So-cal, Chassis Engineering...? Any thought on the rear? Ford-style ladder bar? 4-link?

As to my fabrication skills I would give myself a B-. I put a Dodge 270 Hemi and Jag IRS in my '49 Studebaker pickup last year. I drive it daily and haven't had any issues yet.

Thanks for the info. Any ideas you may have are greatly appreciated.

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There is on place that is available for you to get mopar parts and upgrades for your suspension, with dropped axles and conversions for shocks and a number of uther things you might want, www.butchsrodshop.com

Hope this helps I have a 30 3 window coup Dodge Desoto but installed a tci frontend in it.

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I use to live in Greatfalls mt. for about 10 years lots of cars still available up there and I know of a few that are still there just hard to get.

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