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56 Chevy Truck Ride

I have a 56 Chevy 1/2 ton truck with an 84 ford front end suspension (twin I beam) and 9" Ford rear end. It jumps around when you are on a rough road. I've had the ball joints checked, tires balanced and put on some gas filled shocks. Nothing has helped. I know it will never ride like a modern day truck. Any suggestions are welcomed.

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it almost sounds as if the coils are too stiff.

was the ford frontend a heavy duty or something?

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Front End Coil Springs

It's a standard 1/2 ton F150 with the twin "I" beam. I was thinking the opposite. I can bounce the front end with the truck parked and it will bounce twice before it stops. Perhaps a 2nd set of gas filled shocks will help.
I also found a front anti sway bar I am considering. Anyone had any experience with this?
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A Ford twin I-beam does not have ball joints...they have king pins and bushings. You either have slack in your king pins and bushings ( most of the bushings are plastic or nylon and wear quickly) and they need re-placing , preferably with brass bushings. When you re-place these with brass you will have to have a machine shop ream them to size after you install the bushings in your spindles. Your wheel bearings could also be loose. Either one of these will make the truck dart or wander around in the road.
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Ford Front end

thanks for the suggestions. I had the front end checked at a shop. They said everything was tight. I had then balance the front tires. What the truck does is sway from side to side (top heavy I think) and rides "sloppy". I installed a set of gas shocks nad this did help some. I have a set for the baxk also, just need time to install. I'm thinking a front anti sway bar may be the best thing I can do for this problem. What do you think?
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This may be totally unrelated to your truck?

Almost everyone on Chevy Talk.com, the '55/6/7 Chevy modified board says they love the addition of a front sway bar on their cars. So I bought one from the ebay store: Oldedays.

I installed the sway bar on my 150 Wagon since it's pretty much modified anyways, and found no difference with the way my Wagon handles?

I'm not sure but I suspect the heavy duty rear shocks are at the root of this? That the shocks (from a F--d truck) are so stiff for the Wagon they don't let the body roll anyways. I know you can "try" to bounce the rear of my Wagon, but it won't budge even to go down once.

There could be a couple of things affecting your truck? Either the front springs are too loose, or too stiff, but also how old is the steering box? Is it a repo you installed or does the truck have to stock steering box on it? Even if it's a new-er steering box it may be worn and this is causing your problem?
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I never thought about the steering box!!! It's out of an 86 Chevy car. My rear springs ar 3/4 ton's and it will not bounce either. I have some 1/2 ton springs and will install at the same time I install the rear gas shocks. I've heard good and bad on sway bars. It's about $170 to try it so I think it's worth a try. I still may throw a second set of gas shocks on the front after testing the sway bar.
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I think your missing the stabalizers ( I think that's what there called ) on the twin I beam, they stabalalize the front end, if there, cracked, damaged and/or not connected, they will make the truck wander all over the road, they connect to the frame, normally just under the front doors on an F100-150, maby u don't have them. it's a common problem with the fords.
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I'll double check but we cut the Ford front end behind the doors and did the same ont the old Chevy. If I could start over I would go ahead and spend the bucks on the Mustang II. Thanks for everyones help!!!!!!!!!!
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Just my 2 cents. The thing I remember about the I beam fords were that they were incredibly strong but incredibly squirlly off road.
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Picture of my old 56 Chevy. Work still in progress:
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Nice looking truck. I'm building a pro street 57. You can see pics here. http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2304325
Good luck with your truck.
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Kim's truck

Looks like you have a geat start on a great project. I really liked the frame work you did If I could start over it would be a frame off restoration. Hope you post pictures of the finished product!!!!!!!!!! Nothing like an old Chevy trick!
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