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Old 01-06-2006, 07:01 PM
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mustang II suspension on 49 pickup

I bought TCI mustang II suspension to put on my 1949 Chevy pickup
The directions are terrible. It says to set your frame to the desired rake and
Weld the cross member parallel to the floor. I bought the ones with the 2 inch
Drop spindles.

First question: Is rake the angle or height difference from back to front.

2nd question: If it is the height difference how much does one go with. I am sure itís
what a person prefers. I wouldnít mind to have some of you memberís input
on what you think looks the best.


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Old 01-06-2006, 08:09 PM
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You are correct on the definition of rake, and it does usually depend on personal preference. I have a '53 AD pickup and to me they look good with a rake of about 2"-3". By the way, this truck has a Heidts Mustang II IFS without dropped spindles.

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You can't go wrong with level!!!. I personally do not like dropped spindles on a M II front end because I drive the wheels off my vehicles. I get tired of touching up the paint on the bottom of my grill shells and that is with stock spindles!!! Kick up the rear end and you have almost built yourself a trailer queen that requires a long ramp to load and unload it.

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Thanks guys. I talked to Tim at Tims Hotrods and he said to lay a
magnetic anlge finder on top of frame. Adjust the frame so the angle
is at 3 degrees and weld the cross member in. This will give me about 2 inches of rake.
Centerline how did you set up your frame when you put the cross member
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Centerline how did you set up your frame when you put the cross member in
Heidts units are made specifically for each vehicle so there is no "adjusting" required. Also the geometry is set up to be exactly the same as Ford designed it so nothing is left up to guess work. With the number of people out there manufacturing these units there seems to be an ever increasing trend toward producing "one size fits all" units which leave people scratching their heads when trying to install them. Once a frame is prepared a Heidts unit can be completely installed (welded in and assembled) in less than 6 hours. Check the link below my signature to see how I did the one on my truck. The previous one I did went on just as smooth.

Do yourself a favor and install the strut rods. Using strut rod eliminators can cause lower crossmember failure.

Good luck with your install.
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How is it going??

49Dream.... I have a 54 pickup with the same kit from TCI how has the install gone?? Are the drop spindles too much? I'm saving up for the 4 link rear end I want to drop it but like trees has said, I dont feel like scraping the frame everywhere I go.

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Is this rake or the total degrees for anti-dive? 3 degrees built into the assembly is recomended on most. Dan
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Well the project had slowed down. I had to go to Canada for a week to hep
a customer out. I have the front clip off and I am going to have a guy down
the road weld it in for me. He has done 6 of these in the last few months.
I am going to help him next week on a 39 Ford in which he is putting a Fat Man kit on. Mine will follow that. I will let you guys know how it goes.

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Hows it going??

Hey 49dream... Have you had any progress on your project?/ I'm almost to the point of install on my project, and was wondering how your has progressed.

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I originally going to get the 2 " drop spindles for my TCI set up but at the last minute I went with the regular spindles. Glad I did, if I had the drop spindles I may not have been able to get out of the garage.

I wold post the oic if i could figue out how to do it.

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Centerline, will you school me on how to post a pic? or tell me where I can find the instructions. THANKS
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Nice Truck!!

Stea.. that is a beautiful truck your have there. I have my work cut out for me. Called CPP and they pretty much told me i was SOL and I'd need to buy the stock hieght spindles now. I might try and put my front end togehter and see how it sits before I buy the stock spindles....
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Centerline, will you school me on how to post a pic? or tell me where I can find the instructions. THANKS
If you want to post a full sized pic from your gallery all you have to do is go to the gallery and open the pic. Then right click on it and a box will open that has the address of that pic. Just highlight the address and copy it. Then when you're making your post click on the little envelope thingy just above the writing space and when the box appears simply paste the address of the pic in the box and click OK. That's all there is to it.
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Thanks Centerline, I assume this works for other pics, not just pics in the board gallery?
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