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Corvette C4 suspension on 56 chevy truck

I just ordered a C4 front suspension for my truck and plan to do the rear once i get more $$$
I'm using the Progressive Auto install kit

anyone else have this setup??

I'll post pics should be done in a cpl weekends
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I just ordered a C4 front suspension for my truck and plan to do the rear once i get more $$$
I'm using the Progressive Auto install kit

anyone else have this setup??

I'll post pics should be done in a cpl weekends
I've got one in my '47 Ford, goes in nice and Bob's always there to help, just a phone call away... Pix might be in my Journal, I haven't looked in so long (I've been side-tracked on a new project).

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thats awesome
I'll be happy once i get the corvette front and rear, boxed in frame, tubular x brace, and powder coated frame! I still need an engine tho, it will bolt up to my 700r4 i have thats built to handle some power !
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Kind of a waste isn't, saddling a nice suspension system to old, heavy and high center of gravity truck?? You won't have a truck that drives like a corvett, just a truck that drives like a truck.
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Kind of a waste isn't, saddling a nice suspension system to old, heavy and high center of gravity truck?? You won't have a truck that drives like a corvett, just a truck that drives like a truck.
The truck doesn't know it's a truck, and it isn't any heavier than a standard car of that era. When you lower the truck with the new suspension, your lower the center of gravity. I have installed many C-4 suspensions and believe me you will be able to tell the difference if they are set up properly. I do have concerns when companies offer suspension systems like you purchased that have modified geometry. In this case it seems they supply you with a shorter rack and aftermarket crossmember. Does the company provide any specs on bump steer, anti-dive etc? When you use different offset wheels from what the factory used, that changes the scrub radius also. They may have done their homework and got everything dialed in, I would just ask some questions. Did they provide alignment specs? What are they if I may ask?

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The truck doesn't know it's a truck, and it isn't any heavier than a standard car of that era. When you lower the truck with the new suspension, your lower the center of gravity. I have installed many C-4 suspensions and believe me you will be able to tell the difference if they are set up properly. I do have concerns when companies offer suspension systems like you purchased that have modified geometry. In this case it seems they supply you with a shorter rack and aftermarket crossmember. Does the company provide any specs on bump steer, anti-dive etc? When you use different offset wheels from what the factory used, that changes the scrub radius also. They may have done their homework and got everything dialed in, I would just ask some questions. Did they provide alignment specs? What are they if I may ask?

Andy

Yea I talked to him they said each cross member is made specifically for each application to retain the correct geometry and retain anti drive as it did in the original corvettes, I'm also taking it to one of there certified dealers/installers as I dont feel comfortable doing it myself!
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Kind of a waste isn't, saddling a nice suspension system to old, heavy and high center of gravity truck?? You won't have a truck that drives like a corvett, just a truck that drives like a truck.

Have you ever done anything like this before?
A truck only rides like a truck due to the suspension. A straight axle and oversized leafs are going to be a lot rougher than an independant front and rear suspension. Those with a good swaybar will make a very nice riding truck. Or a truck that rides like a car.

Now I see how your posts are just rude and uneducated.
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Have you ever done anything like this before?
A truck only rides like a truck due to the suspension. A straight axle and oversized leafs are going to be a lot rougher than an independant front and rear suspension. Those with a good swaybar will make a very nice riding truck. Or a truck that rides like a car.

Now I see how your posts are just rude and uneducated.


Yes. It will handle a lot better and update the suspension from mid 50's
To mid 90's
Plus I'll have disc brakes, power steering, and rack and pinion, the aluminum control arms also polish up pretty nice!
I could have gone with the ever popular mustang 2
But that's still late 70's technology
GM has put tons of research and effort to make the corvette what it is today. Obvioulsy it won't handle like a corvette, but gaurantee it's going to be a huge improvement over stock !
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The only problem with the Mustang II suspension, is the limited travel that it gets. You will get so many options with the new Corvette setup as well. When the time comes down the road, the big brake options are there, as well as suspension upgrades to tune the truck just how you like it.
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Took the frame to the shop
should have it back sometime this week
I went with the polished aldan coilovers

I'll post pics as soon as I get it.
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