Chassis questions on a 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board -- Hot Rod Forum

Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Suspension - Brakes - Steering
User Name
lost password?   |   register now

LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 06-14-2012, 10:59 PM
CJH2772's Avatar
Registered User
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 5
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Chassis questions on a 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup

I'm pretty new here and I apologize if this topic has already been covered, but I couldn't find an exact answer to my specific questions through the quick search function (Believe me, I tried.) Basically, I'm building a street rod out of my old 1950 truck, and I'm at a stalemate with the suspension. So, here goes....

I'm installing a Mustang II IFS on the front and replacing the leaf springs in the back. I had wanted to use a TCI kit to lower the truck and give it new rear springs and shocks, but $550 would really wipe out my wallet. Gotta save for college and whatnot. I looked at Centerline's website and I really liked the way he fabricated the rear suspension. The only difference in my application is that I want the truck to sit about an inch lower in the rear. I was also looking at springs from a different donor vehicle (There is a strange paucity of Dodge Caravans around here). Will the rear springs from a newer Colorado or Ford Ranger fit without terrible modification? I'm not afraid of doing some fabrication work, but I don't want to spend too much time messing around with the rear suspension. Are the springs too long or too short? And how will they affect the ride height? What would you recommend for rear springs?

Second, I can't remember where I read this, but I recall an article denouncing the use of tubular control arms in an aftermarket Mustang II crossmember on these trucks. It said something about the tubular arms stressing the frame in places it was never meant to be stressed (which makes sense to me; the absence of a strut rod on a system originally designed to use one would alter the reflexive characteristics of the arms and thus load the frame in unusual ways). Anyway, are tubular control arms really an accident waiting to happen on these trucks?

Right now, I only have the Heidt's crossmember and shock towers welded onto the frame. The rear suspension is still original at this point. My dad knows an old buddy who might be willing to give us his old Mustang II components, which is why I asked about the tubular arms. I would like to get the rear suspension done at about the same time. I know you guys are a lot more knowledgeable than I am about this stuff, so I'm willing to hear (or read, rather) anything you have to offer. I want to be able to show this truck as well as drive it, so I know I have my work cut out for me. Thanks in advance for any advice.

I couldn't get my computer to upload a picture of either the frame of the truck I'm trying to mirror as far as stance goes. I'll try again later, but no promises...

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 06-15-2012, 10:40 PM
CJH2772's Avatar
Registered User
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 5
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

My frame as it sits. It's been sandblasted and the rear axle has been removed. Right now, it's upside-down on sawhorses in the garage.

I would like the truck to sit as close to how this green one does as possible. That is about the perfect height, I think.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	101_0189.JPG
Views:	526
Size:	1.95 MB
ID:	66091   Click image for larger version

Name:	1001cct_04_o%25252B2009_carlisle_all_truck_nationals%25252B1950_chevy_pickup_truck.jpg
Views:	194
Size:	509.7 KB
ID:	66092  
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Suspension - Brakes - Steering posts with photos

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
low buck rod build 1950 3100 pickup using 1980 elcamino full frame or just front sub swervin ervin General Rodding Tech 25 06-22-2012 07:26 PM
1950 chevy 3100 P/u chevykid33 Hotrodding Basics 19 01-16-2008 10:16 AM
1950 Chevy Pick up Model 3100 AZ85374 Introduce Yourself 1 10-19-2007 10:38 AM
1950 Chevy 3100 snakeoil Transmission - Rearend 7 11-11-2002 03:37 PM
1950 Chevy 3100 snakeoil Engine 1 11-08-2002 06:41 PM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:21 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.