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Old 04-30-2009, 08:26 PM
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Setting ride height for 50 Chevy truck

I am looking for some measurements to help me set the ride height on the rear of my '50 Chevy truck. I am installing Dodge Caravan springs, and the truck will be sitting lower than stock. The problem is that the bed is completely apart, so I have no rear fender-to-tire reference. I can mock up a bedside with the fender attached, but I don't know the actual distance from the top of the frame to a reference point on the bedside. The original support blocks are gone; haven't bought new ones yet.
I guess what I'm looking for is a general distance from the top of the frame as it relates to the top of the lip in the fender opening. What would also help is knowing the size of the bed support blocks.
Centerline, if you see this post, I am somewhat following your '53 Chevy example. My truck is a 3/4 ton, though, and unlike the 1/2 ton, the frame does not change width from front to back in the spring-mount area. I would love to mount the springs under the frame (simpler), but judging by what you had to do, I'm sure that would set the height too high.

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