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Old 07-31-2007, 07:12 PM
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Lowering my Truck

I own a 1960 Ford F-100.
I am looking for a low cost way to lower the car (both front and rear) - what is the best way?

Also - what is the smallest tires I can put on the front and largest on the rear?
(Where could I find this info on the web?)

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twin I beam with coils and leafs in the rear right? shorter coils then have the alignment corrected then shackles and or hangers in ther rear or de arched springs or axle flip.
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I believe 1966 was the first year of Fords Twin-I-beam. A 1960 should be straight axle with parallel leaf springs.

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I believe 1966 was the first year of Fords Twin-I-beam. A 1960 should be straight axle with parallel leaf springs.

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I think your right now that you mention it.......de arched springs (cheaper) or dropped axle (more expensive)........heck why not make it into a gasser type truck and raise the front up
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If you look at alot of aftermarket old ford truck part website/ catalogs, you will find info on drop axles.. It really depends on how low you want to go... You could go radical and graph a new suspension to the front, or work with what you got.. I also saw a truck online while browsing about a week ago that had a straigt i beam like you, but they adapted a four link setup with air bags.. They notched the frame rails on the bottom and I think the oil pan.. It set on the the rockers level when the air was let out! It looked nice, and I'm sure it rode just as good as the leaf springs, with air. I will try to find that site again..

If you don't want to drop a ton of money on a drop axle, then you could look into mono leaf springs or reversed eyed leaf springs.. The back drop will require the same sort of leaf springs, or a 4 link with air bags, and/or relocating the rear axle to ride above the leaf springs.. It all depends on how low you want to go..

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Old 08-22-2007, 09:36 AM
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Also, just to clarify, the I-beam was actually introduced in '65... Not that it matters... Why major on the minor right?? It's just rare when I actually "know" something so I had to share!

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