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Old 01-21-2008, 11:07 PM
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Drop Spindles

I have a 63 chevy c20. I want to use 2-3in drop spindles in the front. I have heard that installing 70-74 1/2 ton stock spindles will accomplish the same goal and there is only one more bolt hole to be drilled to completer the task. Anyone else know if this is true?? Good idea or not?? I can get the drops designed for my truck, but the 70-74's I can get tomorrow.

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I have heard that installing 70-74 1/2 ton stock spindles will accomplish the same goal and there is only one more bolt hole to be drilled to completer the task.
Wrong.

Let's start somewhere

First off, there is a big difference in "70-74" spindles:

1970 is a 6 lug drum brake

71-72 are 5 lug disc...but with small tapers for the tie-rod mounting. These are the best ones to use on a 1/2 ton 63-66 build to get discs quick & easy & cheaper than a kit.

73-74 are 5 lug disc also, but they have a bigger taper on the tie-rod mounting holes. These big tapers should match the tie-rod size on 3/4 ton 63-66.

None of these will lower your truck.

I've never installed the drop spindles, but did use the shorty springs in one customers truck. It looked pretty good to me. Don't quote me because it was a LONG time ago, but the spring vendor sold this guy rear springs that were more drop than the ones they sent for the front....so the truck would be more level. I did make my own front sway bar brackets for that truck, due to the lowering. The truck is in New Hampshire now and I don't have pics
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I have installed a complete 73 to 80 front suspension under a 65 and it works great.These trucks can usually be bought cheap and the whole front cross member with suspension comes out in one piece and fits into your truck. This gives you disc brakes and power steering and new style motor mounts all in one cheap package. And you have parts readily available for these trucks in stock and drop and air bags.If you need more info just ask.
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I appriciate the insight on the difference over the years, thank you.

Speedydeedy, I really like the ladder bar suspension on the rear, and was thinking of going with coil-overs mounted to the inside of the frame rails? What do you think about this?? What has worked for you in the past? Anyone else wanna pipe in with some personel insight is also very much welcome here. Thanks all in advance.

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