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Old 12-29-2005, 03:30 PM
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48 Plymouth Front Suspension

Hello, my name is Darrell Dorman and I am trying to help my Dad get his 48 Plymouth on the road. He bought the car about 8 years ago and we started working on making a mild Street Rod out of it. We took the front end apart and ordered replacement parts from Plydo to redo the front end (drop spindle kit, disc brake conversion, ect.) The car has been setting in my garage basically untouched for the past 7 years due to neither one of us having time get work on it. We are taking the car to a local shop that does a lot of custom rod work just so we can get somthing going. The guy at the shop asked if we had considered putting in a complete Mustang II type set up under the front end. I have not done much research into this yet but was wondering if anyone had some sujestions and/or comments. I hate to not use the parts we already have but at the same time if the Mustang II set up is a better way to go then I want to look into this further. Wer are putting a small block chevy with a TH350 and a Camaro rearend for engine and drivetrain. Any advice or recomendations would be greatly appreciated.

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First I have to ask why you would put a Chevy in a Mopar. What's wrong with a 318-360? They are much better motors.

The Mustang II IFS is very popular and provides disk brakes and rack and pinion steering. If you have already purchased the disk brake kit and dropped spindles for your stock suspension then you have to ask yourself do you want to accept the original ride or do you want something a bit smoother? That's really the only difference (rack and pinion steering not withstanding).

I think your local shop is just used to installing the Mustang units and that's why they suggested it. If it were my car I'd go with the updated stock suspension and small block MOPAR power, but that's me. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of the Mustang II IFS units (I have one in my truck) but as long as you aren't going racing or doing something wild with the car the money you've already spent on the stock suspension should serve you well enough.
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I think your local shop is just used to installing the Mustang units and that's why they suggested it. If it were my car I'd go with the updated stock suspension.

I agree......
They ( the shop ) could MAKE MORE MONEY that way too.....

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I have 1941 Chrysler Windsor which I believe would have a suspension similar to your 48 Plymouth. I don't know if you have driven your Plymouth very much in its stock configuration with bias ply tires, but when I put a set of radial tires on my Chrysler it was like day and night in the way that it drove. I am contemplating installing a 318 and Torqueflite transmission in my Chrysler. I'm doing the disc brake conversion but leaving the stock suspension alone with the exception of relocating the position of where the front shocks mount. I 'm not sure on the stock steering box. Any ideals ? Thats my 2 cents worth. I'm always open for suggestions. Thanks and good luck.
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8 years in the garage, wow! I would agree with the others. For what you are trying to do, I would also stay with upgraded bolt-on replacement parts. I don’t think “Big Ray” will be doing any off road driving at this stage of the game. The great thing is there is far more options now days for the guys who elect to just do light custom / bolt-on type rebuilds. You might as well take advantage of what today’s market offers. Good luck, and keep us posted. fc
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