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1950 F1 Straight axle disc brakes power steering

I recently purchased a finished 1950 F1, 350,powerglide, Dana rear end. The front end was left original. Every part of the straight axle was replaced. I do not want to risk any damage to the truck by installing an IFS. I would like to keep the straight axle in and place power disc brakes, sway bars and the Toyota power steering system in. I know it will still ride more like a truck but is there anything else I could do to improve the front end and prevent any bump steer? Will taking out springs help? Any suggestions of the best place for these parts. Are there any bolt in front ends?

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Just keep the drag link parallel w/ the ground/springs and you won't have bump steer problems. Probably won't need to do anything to get a better ride. MIGHT remove the shortest leaf but wait until you drive it a while before making that decision. On my '53 Chevy PU I removed several short rear leaves but did nothing to the front springs and the ride is fine. Powder coating the leaves is the same as lining them w/ polyethylene or Teflon slicking them up and making the springs nice and soft but with out the squeeze out the plastic liners suffer.
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