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Old 05-13-2007, 05:06 PM
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f150 drop question..

So, i gotta few basic questions im sure someone can answer. I have a 53' f100 body i'm going to put onto a 1982 f150 frame.. I would use the old f100 frame but due to the good deal and the condition of the 82' frame i decided to use it. I know i can drop the rear axle extremely easy on pretty much anything.. My main concern is it possible to drop the front end of a 1982 f150..? I've yet to get the truck so i really don't know what i'm working with.. Also does anyone have any idea how hard it will be putting the 53' body on that frame..?

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My main concern is it possible to drop the front end of a 1982 f150.
This is a Twin I-Beam suspension and without major alteration to the frame it can only be lowered by purchasing dropped axles. Not cheap.
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Hmm well i'm creative and pretty much have unlimited sheet metal to use.. whats the best way about altering the frame..? Could i just cut it where the radius arms end and put a peice in there to raise the frame 4 inches higher then the rest..? I'm pretty unsure how to go about modifying the frame as you can tell. I know i could do it, but where would i start with cutting?
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Z the frame, that's about it, other than dropped spindals or I beams
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Z the frame, that's about it, other than dropped spindals or I beams
Whoa, thanks for picking up on the dropped spindles Matt, I failed to think of that as an alternative.

This doesn't apply exactly to your situation since it's a custom fabrication rather than modification of a stock frame, but it might give you an idea of how to approach the Z'd frame with twin I-beams. You can see many more pics of the fabrication in my journal. Just click on "view from beginning" and then start on page 6. Or follow this link http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...ge=5&reverse=1
which should take you to the section on front suspension.





Basically keep in mind with the twin I-Beam that (except for the dropped spindle approach) you need to drop BOTH ends of the I-Beam an equal amount. It's easy to drop the spindle end (anything from cutting coils to air bags). But it's much more challenging to drop the pivot end. Z'ing will do the trick since the axles will remain in their correct horizontal position.

If you don't like the Z'ing option, you might also, depending on the amount of space you have, be able to re-drill the pivot end mounting holes higher than the stock position and then drop the spindle end an equal amount. The problem with this approach is you quickly run into conflicts between the front cross member and upward axle travel. So the option is limited at best.
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No one makes drop spindles for these trucks. I wish they did.
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Is there any way i could like limit the travel of the wheels so that i could just make the body really low on the frame..?
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Is there any way i could like limit the travel of the wheels so that i could just make the body really low on the frame..?
It wouldn't involve limiting wheel travel but the body could be channeled over the frame I suppose. Never seen it or done it with a 50's era pickup...but it's an interesting thought. LOTS of work...but if you have the time and the skills it would be a fun challenge.
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Droping the Truck

Look in the after market for a rack and pinino gear setup and get one with the 2" drop spindles and the truck shoud drop down about 4 1/2 inches. You will probably have to add length the rack & pinion arms to meet the width of the frame of the truck. But that is doable. You can get one with the springs and all. a complete set up.
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