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Old 01-08-2008, 05:49 PM
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33 sedan front suspension

I am new to the sight, hope someone can help, just bought a 33 ford sedan delivery with straight front axel. I like the height the car currently sits, kinda low, but the ride is stiff. The front shocks have about 1.5 inches of travel. I want a great ride on this I plan to take it traveling, can the straight front axel give a great ride or do I need some sort of IFS. Don't know much about suspension, any help would be great.

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Welcome to the site

The easy way....You can get some more travel by going to an axle with some more drop than the one you have and then putting a taller spring. Depending on what is under your car now, you may be able to just swap axles and a spring.

Axles come in several drops more than stock, 3 and 4 are common drops. There are also 5 and 6" drops but these are kind of extreme.The drop is what gets the car low without shortening the suspension travel. The taller spring will give you a better ride and the car won't bottom out as much as it probably does now.

It would be good if we knew what was under your car now, so we could point you in the right direction.

There are several manufacturers of new axles, Speedway motors has some good prices on magnum and superbell.


Here's a very good site with a bunch of info about axles as well as some other stuff you may find interesting..


You can also go with a IFS, but it a time consuming and more expensive way to go. The motor comes out, and the frame gets boxed and you may need to change alot more than just the crossmember. There is sheetmetal work as well.

How about some pics of your car and the current front suspension?

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Powerrodsmike has given you the correct info based on what we know now of your setup. Some pics of the axle and spring might be helpful.
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What Mikey said. I put about 115,000 miles on my 36 PU with a 39 Ford front end under it. Every thing was new such as king pins, rod ends, spring end bolts etc. I did remove three leaves and placed teflon strips between each spring along with graphite lubrication. Steering was easy with a 69 Cutlass Saginaw steering box. It drove and rode very nice. I followed this up with a Mustang II kit with a power rack and large GM rotors and calipers. The braking and quicker response from the R&P steering was noticeable, but the ride stayed about the same. If I owned a 33 Sedan delivery, I would go with the (here we go-pet phrase) old school look with the dropped axle.

Shock travel is a function of the shock and how it is installed. Sounds as if you may need to make some changes there so it will never bottom out.

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Thanks to all you guys for the info, i will get the camera out and post some pics
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