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Old 05-08-2005, 03:24 PM
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To drop or not to drop

I have a 36 Ford Coupe and am debating whether or not to use drop spindles and what wheel and tire sizes to use.
I want a slight rake in the front but nothing near drastic. I also want to use a larger wheel diameter in the rear than I use in the front. I also want maximum riding pleasure and will sacrifice all of the above if required to get the ride.
So, having said all that would I be better off with a standard spindle if I'm going to vary the wheel diameter from say 15" in the front and 17" in the rear? Another words would the 2" drop spindle put me into more of a rake than I wish to achieve?
Are there any tech articles on this subject that provides comparisons?
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Old 05-09-2005, 07:48 AM
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Wow! Nice car! I'm building a 36, (a few pics in my journal) I like the Mustang2 front suspension and really like Street rod Engineeering in Lake Havasau, Az. for their parts. I have a 8 in 5 lug Ford rearend out of a Maverick, no narrowing involved. I'll have to check on tire sizes, the car is at my buddies house where I'm building it. Pics in the journal show the rake without the engine and trans installed, that will lower the front considerably, standard spindles were used. Good luck with your project. Dan
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Old 05-10-2005, 06:36 PM
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Thanks for the heads up on a good frame....I'll check them out....and thanks for the compliment on my coupe....I'm loving your garage...looks like mine...I'm going to sell my house, so I can get space for a larger garage....
And...the tent gives me an idea as well...Happy rodding....
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Old 05-11-2005, 02:48 AM
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Why not use a dropped axle. 2-3 inches would give it a nice rake but might be too much if you are going for some tire rake too. I feel these cars are best when kept more traditional.
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