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Old 02-09-2008, 10:20 PM
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56 f-100 IFS choices

I just sold my 57 chevy p/u and got a 56 f-100. I put a firebird IFS in the chevy and I have been reading about all the choices for IFS for my ford. Volares, Pacers, dodges, chryslers and of course the Mustang II. My question is, what years? The camaro/firebird IFS for the 57 chevy was from the 74-81 years but I never see any mention of what year mustang II, what year Volare or Pacer or Diplomat? In fact I would like to see a list of ALL IFS units that would fit or has already been installed under the 53-56 f-100s.

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56 f-100 IFS

I'm just gathering pieces to start on a '56 F100. After a lot of research, I plan on using a kit (can't remember the name of the maker) that allows the use of the front end parts from a late-model Dodge Dakota. You end up with TRUCK-sized brakes (disc), plus IFS and R&P. Kit consists of a (weld-in) cross member plus (weld-in) spring pockets. Everything else is a bolt-in. I have talked to a couple of guys who have used the Volare front end and they both said that if they were going to do it over again, they'd do a different swap, as they are NOT happy with the torsion-bar system
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Don't leave the F-150 Twin I-Beam IFS off you list. Here's one mounted in an econoline frame with air bags. Maintains the look of the straight axle while providing the ride and comfort of IFS.

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If you're considering a Mustang II, go for one of the aftermarket kits that use the Mustang II geometry, not the actual Mustang parts. An actual Mustang II suspension wasn't engineered for a heavier vehicle like your truck.
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If you're considering a Mustang II, go for one of the aftermarket kits that use the Mustang II geometry, not the actual Mustang parts. An actual Mustang II suspension wasn't engineered for a heavier vehicle like your truck.

I agree, go with a aftermarket MII setup. All new, good ride, no regrets. *****************.

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The Mustang II IFS is a good choice IF you intend to use the truck as a street rod and not as a truck. If you intend to haul or tow I would recommend you go with something else like the Dakota kit or a Camaro or Nova clip. A GM clip would be the way to go if you plan on a SB or BB Chevy for power but the Mustang IFS will lend itself to just about any power plant you might want. Any of these will use disks and provide a very good ride.

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I just sold my 57 chevy p/u and got a 56 f-100. I put a firebird IFS in the chevy and I have been reading about all the choices for IFS for my ford. Volares, Pacers, dodges, chryslers and of course the Mustang II. My question is, what years? The camaro/firebird IFS for the 57 chevy was from the 74-81 years but I never see any mention of what year mustang II, what year Volare or Pacer or Diplomat? In fact I would like to see a list of ALL IFS units that would fit or has already been installed under the 53-56 f-100s.

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Did the link work in the PM this time? That should have taken you to the ford truck enthusiasts site. I typed ford truck fanatics by mistake. Too many ford truck sites.
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Did the link work in the PM this time? That should have taken you to the ford truck enthusiasts site. I typed ford truck fanatics by mistake. Too many ford truck sites.
Yes Brian, That link worked and had all the info I am looking for. Thanks again
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Good deal. If you get stuck on something, do a search and then ask questions. They have done them all.



Mine is stock and will stay that way if I have a choice in the matter.
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The Mustang II IFS is a good choice IF you intend to use the truck as a street rod and not as a truck. If you intend to haul or tow I would recommend you go with something else like the Dakota kit or a Camaro or Nova clip. A GM clip would be the way to go if you plan on a SB or BB Chevy for power but the Mustang IFS will lend itself to just about any power plant you might want. Any of these will use disks and provide a very good ride.

Good luck with your build.
Centerline makes a very good point!!!
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'56 F100 Choices

OK - now that I have driven myself nutz since I first posted my intention to use the Dodge Dakota Front susp on my '56 F100, now I am trying to find the name of the company (in Calif) that makes the kit I want. I believe they were featured in a mag like Classic trucks about 2 years ago. I seem to recall that name was "big Bear" or something similar, but my on-line searches have come up empty.

Any pointers guys?

The kit comprised a weld-in cross member and spring hats, while everything else was a bolt in. As I get closer to actually NEEDING it, I'd like to find them, but my wife has kindly "cleaned up" my stash of older magazines and now I can't find the article I had been looking at!
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OK - now that I have driven myself nutz since I first posted my intention to use the Dodge Dakota Front susp on my '56 F100, now I am trying to find the name of the company (in Calif) that makes the kit I want. I believe they were featured in a mag like Classic trucks about 2 years ago. I seem to recall that name was "big Bear" or something similar, but my on-line searches have come up empty.

Any pointers guys?

The kit comprised a weld-in cross member and spring hats, while everything else was a bolt in. As I get closer to actually NEEDING it, I'd like to find them, but my wife has kindly "cleaned up" my stash of older magazines and now I can't find the article I had been looking at!
I have no clue who or where they were (lousy memory), but....

One of the major dakota guys went out of business. If it was the ones you are looking for...that might explain it.
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