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Old 03-17-2004, 08:19 AM
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Suicide front end on the bucket

Hey guys I taped Sports Car Revolution on the Speed channel a couple of weeks ago. They had an "old school California rat rod" with a suicide front end. I was watching it in slow motion, because I was looking at the car club plaque, and noticed the car was not running a traditional single spring setup. It looked like their were springs sticking out of the end of the frame rails and attaching to the strait axle. I really liked this set up but I can't find any info on it. I don't really know what it is called but I would appreciate any information on it or some personal experiences.

Thanks a lot

Cory

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Old 03-17-2004, 08:33 AM
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They are called quarter-elliptic springs and have been used for both front and rear suspensions.

Here is a link. Scroll down the page to see a photo.

http://www.streetrodderweb.com/tech/...ngs/index.html

I have not found a good link to a featured vehicle that uses the front suspension you asked about. I'll keep looking.

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Old 03-17-2004, 10:50 AM
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Here is a photo of a roadster with the semi-elliptical spring suspension.

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Very clean looking and functional.
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Old 03-17-2004, 01:20 PM
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Cool

That is exactly what I was looking for. Have you run them on a car before?

I wonder if you could just cut a regular leaf spring in two. Hmm?
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That is exactly what I was looking for. Have you run them on a car before?

I wonder if you could just cut a regular leaf spring in two. Hmm?
No I haven't run that before. I did use something similar on a 'T' Roadster Pickup. See my photo album-1924 Ford 'T' Roadster Pickup. Took Best Of Show in San Mateo Car Show. The photo was taken at the San Jose Car Show and that trophy along side the car is from the San Mateo show. I used half of a Volkswagen torsion bar (Narrowed) with friction shocks that I made and arms that came forward and attached to the tubular axle.

Yes, you could cut a regular leaf spring in two.
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Now that is a big trophy! I feel a little intimitated. Nice work.


I think I'll work on cutting a leaf spring down to fit. I'll have to use a saw, right? Or can you cut leaf springs with a torch?


Thanks for the help, I'll post some more pics when I get started. That way you can point out the things I'm doing wrong before the wheels fall off as I'm going down the freeway
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Old 03-17-2004, 06:10 PM
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It would be best to use a chop saw with an abrasive cut-off disc. Clean fast straight cut and no damage to the leaves from heat from a torch.

Anxious to see your photos as you progress.
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