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Old 10-04-2005, 01:24 PM
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47 ford rear swap (parallel leaf springs)

hi guys, and thanks to all who responded to my question on triangulated 4 bar links......new question: I am tryig to figure out the best way to get my 47 ford business coupe to sit low in the rear. Right now, the car is all stock but have plans on chopping it, adding Mustang ll IFS and an 8" or 9" ford rear end. I already have the setup for the front, but not the back. I can easily buy the kit for the rear, but that takes all the fun out of making it yourself. If I go with the parallel leaf setup, how do I figure out the load rate of the spring? Can i go to the junk yard and get springs and just make my own mounting brackets? Any help on this matter would be appreciated. ONEGALONLY

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Old 10-04-2005, 01:45 PM
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A project I had I used mid to realy 70's front Dodge Ramcharger springs for rear springs. They have one reverse eye much like the after market kits and made my own mounts. If I remember right I used I believe around 1400 lb but I can"t remember. It did seem to have nice movement and not to bouncy.Went to a auto parts store under Dayton for parts book. They list 3-4 different springs weights,leafs, and arches. However I traded that project never had a chance to see how it worked out. I might have some info at home somewhere.
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I use Crysler 5th ave rear springs on the rear of 41-48 Fords. The ride is great.
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I use Crysler 5th ave rear springs on the rear of 41-48 Fords. The ride is great.
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Yep

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Is the 41> wider than the 39-40?
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Same here, in the 70's every Ford Rod seemed to be using Holden ifs and Valiant leafs. Mopar springs must be the go either side of the equator. Please mount them slightly downhill at the front and make sure your shackles don't bind at extremes of travel.
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