Pickup I-Beam Front Suspension - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum

Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Suspension - Brakes - Steering
User Name
lost password?   |   register now

LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 01-29-2007, 10:00 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Colorado/Wyoming
Posts: 2
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Pickup I-Beam Front Suspension

Looking for ideas on using a '50 Ford F-1 front axle and converting the parallel spring setup over to a transverse spring setup. Ever seen it done? Should I try a Split Wishbone or 4-bar hookup. As a newbie I've looked at tons of photos. I like the "Apperson " style frontends and have seen a few axles with what looks like a flat top spring perch on an old I-Beam axle, but never get a side view to see how the other parts hookup. I have access to machine shop tools and have done some forging and heat treating so I'm not totally intimidated but need advice. Not ready to can the idea yet... Going to try it out for rat rod with custom frame.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 01-29-2007, 11:17 PM
aka Duke of URL
Last wiki edit: Finding vacuum leaks Last photo:
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Rockville, MD
Posts: 4,821
Wiki Edits: 1

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

It looks like the transverse spring rides on shackle kits and these and the four bar mounts might possibly be located at the current spring perches if you don't want to go to tube.


Maybe the above will give you some ideas.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 01-30-2007, 09:34 AM
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: The Lone Star State (Houston area)
Posts: 1,189
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
If you want to convert the dual spring axle to a transverse spring it is quite simple. Remove the springs and u-bolts from the axle. Cut off or grind the wide section of axle flange where springs rested if you choose to for appearance.
Buy a new Model A front spring and shackles. Fabricate a pair of spring perches which will be welded to the top of the axle duplicating the width and height of Model A spring perches.
Fabricate a pair of batwings to mount your radius rods or four-bar links to and weld to axle at appropriate width for your frame setup. Fabricate or purchase radius rods or four bar links.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Suspension - Brakes - Steering posts with photos

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
66 Mustang front suspension upgrade 66StangBoy Suspension - Brakes - Steering 26 01-02-2007 04:32 AM
Front end for a 47-54 chevy Pickup olsen2544 Suspension - Brakes - Steering 8 08-01-2005 08:46 AM
How Do I "Check" My Front Suspension ? ? white66coupe Suspension - Brakes - Steering 1 09-13-2004 05:45 PM
32 hi boy chrome front suspension McDeuce Suspension - Brakes - Steering 3 12-08-2003 06:52 AM
Brake / Suspension Upgrade - 75 Chevy Pickup dwstevenson Suspension - Brakes - Steering 0 12-31-2002 07:42 AM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:28 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.