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Old 07-22-2006, 09:39 PM
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Front suspension help, parellel to transverse spring?

I am using the search function, I swear! Found a lot there, but could someone give me an answer from experience?

I am getting (would have gotten today if the gas station safety bars wouldn't have swerved in front of my trailer) a 1950 pickup rolling chassis with two cabs which I have high hopes of making a rat rod out of.

Finally the question, the chassis has parellel leafs in the front, and I want a transverse spring set up. Anyone modified a parellel leaf front for a single transverse spring? I think I almost have it figured out, but I am not sure about how to mount the spring perches.

My idea is to weld batwings on for hair pins, between the old spring perches on the axles and the spindles. I would probably have to grind away some of the "flat" that makes up the spring perch on the axle currently. Could I use some type of a u bolt arrangement as spring perches utilizing the flats where the springs used to fasten? Would I be able to have the axle bored for a common through the axle spring perch or would that weaken it?

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