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Old 05-15-2013, 11:24 PM
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single ladder bar for my 1950 street truck

hey guys, started building a single ladder bar set up for my pick up truck.

1950 Chevy 3100
stock frame and leafsprings, lowered 2-3"
ford explorer 8.8" rear end, 3.27 gear, 31 spline axles, 26'' tires

So.... i started with an idea. One ladder bar located close to, or on the center section, with solid axle mounts and a bushed shackle connecting it to the frame. There's a lot of 4x4 guys that use this style set up and the reviews are all pretty good. I looked at some ladder bar set ups and wasn't sure that they were right for me, so i opted to build it myself.

1-1/4" x .120 wall, DOM steel tubing (12ft)
3/4"-16 chromoly threaded tube ends (x3)
3/4"-16 Comp. Eng. solid threaded ends, with poly sleeve for street (x2)
3/4"-16 Ride Tech. poly bushed end (x1)
leaf spring shackle, stock repl., '98 1500 chevy (comes with hardware and a nice bushing) (x1)
1/4" steel plate for the shackle mount to frame (4x12" plate)

I purchased the parts from Summit Racing, it's good quality stuff. I ordered the big 3/4" ends because i'm using only one bar, and i'm planning adding a supercharger in the future.

The chevy leaf spring shackle has a real nice bushing similar to an A-arm. It also comes with a loose one that, if you planned it correctly, you could press it into a custom tube end. I'll measure the bushing and post it on here. i bought the shackle from O'Reilly Auto.

I dont know how to post pictures into the thread (that'd help the fit-n-finsh) so i'll stop now and post some more.
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