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Old 03-11-2013, 03:24 PM
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53 Chevy Converting to Gasser Front End

I have a complete unmolested '53 Chevy 210 and am wanting to change it into a gasser. Have purchased, believed to be, a '47 Ford 1/2 ton pickup straight axle front end drum to drum. Spindles have been converted to a passenger vehicle 5-4 3/4 lug. My question being is....I was at a swap meet and was told that the springs are narrower in the front compared to the back side which is farther apart. Will this throw the "geometry/handling/performance" off? Could or should I use this front end? Was also told, when setting up a gasser front end, you want the springs parallel to each other. Is this a common question? Also, when measuring the '53 frame the front is narrower than behind the wheels. This axle would be pretty simple to match up. Just getting started and lost. Any input or information would be much appreciated. Thank you.

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Should not be a problem. Many "parallel leaf" setups are not exactly the same front to rear as evidenced by your axle.
I am presently doing a gasser and the springs leaves, front and rear axle are not parallel end for end. Narrower at the rear on the rear axle and narrower at the front on the front axle. Just the way it worked out. Lots of factory MoPars set up that way.
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Thank you! Appreciate your response. Go fast, go straight!!!!!!
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Wish you were close enough for me go come by and buy that original front end, I am looking for one.

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I wish so too. Will ship though. Probably gonna be a few years.
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