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Old 11-23-2006, 07:43 AM
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Lowering 1949 Dodge P/U

I am wanting to Lower my Truck and still keep the stock front axle. I have removed leafs until I have the ride height I want, but there goes the ride. the rearend I think i can lower by placing the housing over the springs and using a spacer to get my ride height. Also is there any tips on installing front disc on the stock spindles. The truck was my Dad's and has been sitting for a while. It now has a 455 pontiac and 400 trans. with GM pwr steering and brakes. Appreciate the help.

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front springs

get the correct stance for your truck then take the spring(s) out,take them to local spring shop so they can measure the amount of spring you have(#'s),then have them compare that to the original leaf pack.this way they can make a set of springs that have the correct ride height with the right weight carring capacity for better road feel.
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Pete,I have the springs down to 3 including the main and the fender sits 6 1/4" from the ground. Would there be a chance of notching the frame and sitting the perchs up higher. With 3 leafs I don't think I would have a ride worth squat. I want to keep the stock axle or I would go with a fatman conversion.
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sorry about a late reply,out of town for holiday....the front axle is below the front springs correct ?...
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Pete, Yes the spring is above the axle in the stock location

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so the problem lowering the truck is getting enough upward movement between the axle and the frame.....without bottoming out.now i see the delima.what about a dropped front axle?something in the 5-6"range then install it below the springs....this should give you enough room between the frame and the axle to then correct ride height with springs or shackle placement.......
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Pete, what axle would I look for and does that mead new spindles also. I like the sound of the big drop as long as the truck will still handle good. I have a GM steering box in it now and the steering has always been a handful at high speeds. This truck belonged to my Dad who passed away 19 yrs ago and I just decided to put it back on the road the way he would have wanted it to be.

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You could use an axle for a 50's ford or chevy pu, along with the right spindles and brakes. This is what I did the first time around. I cheaped up and built my steering arms not knowing anything about akerman and it took a parking lot to turn it around. Ripped it all out sold it off and installed a Nova sub frame. I love the ride and it turns on a dime and stops great. My point is,,, save your money and get the MII front end for it. if you dig around you can do it pretty cheaply and get exactly what you want out of it.

PS I have noticed that there are not too many crazy people like us out there that have tackled this body style, but I like mine now that is almost done. Aaron
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hey i put an 1940s intenatianal drop axle in 48 which is siting on a 1981 ford f-150 and took disk brakes from the 81 and bloted right on and then just make a mount for your calipers but have to use chevy calipers
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How about putting the leaves back to stock and Z the frame? Cheap and safe.
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Speedy is right Z the front of the frame,And put the rear end on top the springs,You may have to c-notch the back end.I have a 58 Chevy truck in my album I just did.Hope this helps
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