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Old 11-29-2011, 04:01 PM
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'39 Dodge pickup front suspension

I figured I'd start at the front and work my way to the rear on the chassis build. I ordered a 5" drop axle to start with, but now I'm stuck on how to hang it on the frame. The main leaf of the original driver side spring pack is broke so I'd have to replace that at minimum. But I don't think i want to keep it a leaf spring suspension. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions on what i could do? I'd like the truck to be super low when it's finished.

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Don't know that I have muct to offer but I'm at about the same place with my project. I have a 39 Plymouth PU, I have a 331 hemi and a Ford 9" rear axle that I plan to hang with a ladder bar/truck arm suspension but I'm still looking at front suspension options. I haven't even decided if I want a straight axle or IRS.
Is the 5" drop axle you have an I-beam or a tube axle? If it's an I-beam then a 4 bar and coil overs would be a nice clean install and give you a lot of ajustability. If it's a tube axle then it's probably too stiff for a 4-bar and you are either looking at parallel leaf or a wishbone setup where again you could use the coilovers.
So the type of axle you bought will help to direct your choice for the rest of the suspension.
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It is a tube axle. I ordered it from Super Bell, they said their I-beam axle is only 4". I would have preferred an I-beam. I was hoping to do a parallel 4-bar and maybe air ride someday down the road. My biggest thing is trying to stay away from doing a subframe. I don't really want it to ride like a new car... thanks for the help bud.
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On those old dodge trucks use the parallel leaf they came with and do some checking as the later dodge disks from a midsize dodge car fit the spindles I am told and then you need a bracket made to attach the calipers and you are home free so I am told..

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Thank you very much, i think that's what i will do.
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