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Old 01-17-2009, 08:06 PM
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i just put on new rear leaf shackles on the back of my 49 Chevy 1/2 ton PU
and it made a world difference. I have 3 inch lower blocks but would like it to be about 3 inch lower yet. Has anyone every put the rear spring holders up into the frame. I know I would have to box it out and re-enforce the area but it looks like I could gain about 3" Would this cause and unforeseen problems.

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You would have problems....when the springs compress, there is movement lengthwise along the frame. You need a shackle there to swing back and forth.
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I am going to keep the shackles on. Just want to move the shackle holder up further into the frame. It's located on the bottom of the frame now. I would like to cut the bottom frame out and move the holder up to the top plate of the frame.

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I have done that mod many times. Just make sure leave enough room so the spring doesn't hit the frame. The photo below shows a 35 Ford with the mount just as you describe.
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Thanks for the reply and the pic.
Mine is going to be a little more difficult. I going to have to cut into the
c channel and box it and support it. I should be able to gain 3" and I think it's
worth the time.

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I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but I cut a side from a piece of 2x3 rectangular tubing and welded it onto the frame to enclose the "C". Then I cut a hole with a hole saw and welded a tube in for the shackle bushing.

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