Rear shackle help
to make a long story short, i had to make new rear rails on my frame. the frame is a '88 dakota frame and i had to make the rear rails lower.
i was using the dakota brackets and shackles but now the frame is made with 2x4 steel and the end of the leaf spring is beside the rail. see here
i don't want to go above the rail with anything because of the trunk floor.
i know on a lot of GM trucks, the shackle bracket is below the shackle. i could do that but i don't have a bracket and with the 2x4 frame, there isn't a lot of material to attach to.
i was thinking of using a 5/8" or 3/4" bolt thru the frame to use as a pivot point for the shackle. i could put a sleeve through the frame and reinforce it to keep it from bending. but where do i get a sleeve with a 3/4" I.D. that i can weld to? i've seen galvanized pipe and black pipe for plumbing but i don't know if you can weld to that.
any ideas appreciated.
that sq plate that connect the rails will need some guessets for more support, buy some bar stock, and have machine shop drill holes, sorry i looked at picture wrong about plates,looked like it was offset
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