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77bronco_ed 12-20-2009 07:16 PM

front suspension options for ford pick up street rod
 
Hello all,

Considering a early Bronco street rod project.
I have seen folks convert and use Mustang II type suspensions.

What other options are being used for Ford pickup trucks 2wd type Street rods? Just wondering if I can locate a 2wd pickup, and utilize the front axle? I need to get rid of dana 44 that is currently on the truck and turn it into 2wd.

radius arm, coil spring options?
straight axle?
mustang II



Thanks,


-Ed

cboy 12-21-2009 08:21 AM

You might want to consider a Ford twin I-beam IFS. Here's the one under my '32 pickup which was done with air bags.

http://hotrodders.com/journal_photos...0891327391.jpg

http://hotrodders.com/journal_photos...0891284350.jpg

And the one under my '29 sedan delivery which was done with quarter elliptical leaf springs.

http://hotrodders.com/journal_photos...2235995491.jpg

http://www.hotrodders.com/gallery/da...bc-cc_009a.jpg

I've never done one in a Bronco frame so I don't know what special problems you might encounter...but it might be worth a look as long as you are considering all options at this point. I don't know how helpful it might be, but you can click here for the step by step description, with pictures, of how the sedan delivery suspension was done. I prefer the beams from around '78 and '79 because they look like a traditional forged straight axle. But other years may be used as well.

77bronco_ed 12-21-2009 09:43 AM

Thank you for the suggestions... I'll definitely take a look at the step by step process.


-Ed

77bronco_ed 12-21-2009 12:44 PM

Do you have any pics of the Ford twin I-beam IFS build?

cboy 12-21-2009 06:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 77bronco_ed
Do you have any pics of the Ford twin I-beam IFS build?

I'm not sure what you mean. The above are both twin I-beam builds and the link I provided is a Ford twin I-beam build. Was there something specific you had in mind that isn't pictured at that link?

Here is another twin I-beam build...which is under my roadster.

77bronco_ed 12-22-2009 09:19 AM

My apologies, I should have mentioned that I like the bagged 32 pickup set up... Have any build pics of that one?

Unless I did not look close enough to find em.





-Ed

cboy 12-22-2009 09:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 77bronco_ed
... I like the bagged 32 pickup set up... Have any build pics of that one?

Unfortunately not. These are the only other construction pics I have of the '32 that are even close to showing the front suspension. But the logistics of the Twin I-Beam are all pretty much the same. So the builds in the other two journals I linked above should give you a pretty good idea of what you would be dealing with.

http://hotrodders.com/journal_photos...0891327392.jpg

http://hotrodders.com/journal_photos...0891327390.jpg

http://hotrodders.com/journal_photos...0891352622.jpg

http://hotrodders.com/journal_photos...0891390750.jpg

http://hotrodders.com/journal_photos...0891390752.jpg

77bronco_ed 12-22-2009 06:01 PM

Have any of you guys used the crown vic suspension?

I'll need to start taking some dimensions in order to narrow down some of the options.

-Ed

77bronco_ed 12-22-2009 06:04 PM

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I have been following a build that really makes me sweat... Want to do something similar but would like to tub the rear, more of a pro street look.
I love this truck ;)

Without the top it doesn't look much like a truck at all... The fellow that owns this, I believe he should be driving it by now...


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