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36 Chevy Coupe Front Suspension Ideas

Hi, I am trying to make a decision on what suspension I should use on my 36 Chevy Coupe. It is a Standard Model and currently has the original parallel leaf springs with a drop axle set up. No shocks. I was thinking of installing an Independent Front Suspension with tubular A arms and a rack and pinion steering set up. Looking for any ideas, suggestions or opinions on whether I should keep the stock set up and just improve upon that foundation (new springs, disc brake kit, etc) or go to the full blown IFS set up.
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Do you have a modern V8 engine or any other mods?

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Its a personal preferrence. Independent is nice, but you can also get a nice ride and handle out of a straight axle (leaf or coil over). Either one you choose, it has to be put in correctly.
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Have a 283 small block going in it with a 4 speed transmission and 8.2 inch early chevy rear end. Some of my concerns with the IFS is getting the steering linkage from the front of the car (forward of the radiator) back to the steering column without using a large number of U joints and rods. The parallel leaf set up should adapt well to a Vega steering box and a more direct shot for the remaining linkage.

Completely understand the personal preference, just looking for any pros or cons to the two possibilities. I have access to a chassis shop that can properly install the IFS.
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Did several of these - not a big issue getting steering on around a sbc. Those independent fronts become more of a challenge when using a big block mopar, but have not had issues with sbc's.
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I put a mustang under my 39 chevy many years ago,after driving it with the straight axle for several years.If I hd it to do today,I would keep the axle,and upgrade it with new king pins,spring bushings and disc brakes. The axle is more "hot rod" to me.
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Have a 283 small block going in it with a 4 speed transmission and 8.2 inch early chevy rear end. Some of my concerns with the IFS is getting the steering linkage from the front of the car (forward of the radiator) back to the steering column without using a large number of U joints and rods. The parallel leaf set up should adapt well to a Vega steering box and a more direct shot for the remaining linkage.

Completely understand the personal preference, just looking for any pros or cons to the two possibilities. I have access to a chassis shop that can properly install the IFS.
I just installed the steering linkage in my 1935 Chevy Master and used a vibration reducer joint at column, a double joint in the middle, support on both sides of the double and a joint at the steering rack. Just couldn't get around the engine without the double in the middle.
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Thanks Advance Design. Can you provide a few pictures of your linkage installation for me to look at.
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I had enough of that straight axle crap when I was a kid. I wouldn't hesitate for a minute to graft a Jaguar XJ6 front suspension onto that little Chevy. Inexpensive, bulletproof and parts are available over the counter.
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Thanks Advance Design. Can you provide a few pictures of your linkage installation for me to look at.
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Zooma,

Here is one more pic of the double joint set up. Note the support next to the double joint. there is a support on the other side of the joint as well. Not fancy though it is effective.

All Borgenson product and they have really good information on their web site about setting one up. May be a little spendy and a safe steering system is worth it.
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Thanks for the picture. It reminded me that I have to ensure motor mounts are installed to provide room for the linkage. Based on various input from members, I think I will go with the IFS suspension. With Tech Inspector's years of knowledge and your input, the car will handle better with the IFS.
Thanks all for the input.
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K & K parts

K & K builds a neat kit for the Jag front with updated geometry
http://www.barryslc.com.au/gallery.a...action=display
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I did a '36 chevy pickup with M2 frontend, worked out very good and has SBC - need to have front fenders & splash apron to hide everything.
I also did another pickup with the stock front axle and added an antiroll bar to it after resizing & replacing everything, it rode like a champ and cornered excellant.
So, its' your choice. I'd keep it stock myself.
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You might want to check out my post of earlier today. The title is Power or manual Ifs. I brings up a couple of other considerations you might what to check out.
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Manual Rack & Pinion

Rustman, I read your posting regarding Power vs Manual Rack and Pinion's. I was told the same thing regarding the use of a manual rack instead of a power one. The instructions with this particular set up also state to use a manual rack Based on that and your posting, I will be using a manual rack in this set up.
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