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Old 03-24-2010, 04:52 PM
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Independent Front Suspension on a Model A

I am looking for opinion on the best independent suspension that would fit a full fendered model A well. The one that I have been looking at the most is from Fatman Fabrications. It is the Affordable IFS system. Any ideas or suggestions are welcome.

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Their have been quality issues expressed by some about Fatmans products. Another alternative is Heidts.

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cool thanks. Fatman also seemed kind of steep to me on the prices aswell. I could be wrong on that though.
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K and K custom crossmembers builds nice looking stuff to use jag components I don't know if they will fit under fenders.

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The above post brings up a good point. You want to use a front end that will facilitate finding replacement parts at a reasonable price. I don't know how much Jag ball joints cost, but I would venture a guess they are substantially more than Mustang II.

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heidts superide is the only way to go with a full fendered vehile a mustang II is way to tight with the fenders. hope this helps you out

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I got a Fatman clip for my 50 Plymouth wagon. Needed some advice on some things and Fatman was there to help and the clip went on with no problems.
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heidts has 4 very well trained sales and tech advisors that are very knowledgeable on hot rods and muscle cars they can answer any questions that you have
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I have a TCI on my 'A'. It uses easily obtained standard parts. My second choice would have been the Heidt's. Regardless of the brand, you will have to modify the fender braces to fit around the upper control arm cross shaft - but no big deal, just a couple hours.






And then, under the (almost ) finished car:




What ever way you go, a quality version, even the plain steel versions - ain't cheap!! The chrome and stainless, .....but get a quality and a long and well known brand (Fatman, I don't believe does one for an 'A' chassis)

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Thanks to everyone for the great information. I will definatly look into all of these suspensions.
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By the way Ireland that car looks sweet
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Not to hyjack this thead, but Dave the A looking great!.
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Mustang 2 suspension..

Hi,i have fatman IFS in my 48 ford coupe.i needed some parts (i lost or misplaced) the old ones) i sent Fatman an Email,and got the parts delivered the next day, Fatmans support is AWESOME. and they have a great product line too.
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the Jag comes with Big front brakes, forged upper and lower A arms, A bolt on bottom A arm spring plates Ball joints are pricey but on a lighter Hot rod should last forever. If you compare the K and K crosmember front end vs an upgraded Mustang II with big brakes, new tube arms, etc the prices are comparable. I plan on building My own crosmembers on the next 2 roadster projects and use the jag stuff, I picked up two late jag front suspensions for $ 125 each.
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