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Old 09-09-2018, 09:17 PM
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Best riding suspension for 1927 Ford Roadster

Hi guys. I've got a 27 Roadster that has a straight front end. I guess. Anyway, my roadster sits on the ground. It rides okay on good pavement, but doesn't take bumps or bad pavement very good. I was thinking of selling it because it rides so rough when I hit a bump I'm afraid to take it on the freeway. A guy I met at a car show told me to lower the air pressure in the front and rear tires to 20 psi, which I did. It rides better, but I'm a little concerned about such low air pressure. I forgot to mention the rear has coilovers.
Can anyone recommend a way to make this car ride better ? I like this car and it gets a lot of thumbs up, but its teeth rattling ride is no fun. Maybe all of these old cars are supposed to ride like this. If this is the case and nothing can be done to make it ride better, please just say so. Thanks, Bubbamace.

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Take some pics!
Of your front and rear suspensions.
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Really need pictures of both the front and rear suspension. A solid axle really shouldn't ride that bad and if you get bone jarring then something is bottoming out. To get the front a little higher you can have the spring re-arched. From a safety point of view this isn't a good idea but take the front shocks off and see if it does any better on bumps. Next, see if you can determine if the rear shocks are bottoming or the springs coil binding. At any rate we still will need pictures.
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Is there evidence of the suspension or axles hitting the frame. guys build those cars so low and forget the suspension needs some travel to get a good ride.

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springs too stiff ?

lots of good info here from Fatman
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lower tire pressure improvement means that your springs are too stiff or your shocks are bottomed out. unbolt a shock and check travel, it should be at mid point at ride height. I put a spacer under my T bucket cross leaf springs and tool out some leafs. to get it up and a softer ride.
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Okay, guys, I'll post some pictures as soon as I can. Some good ideas here already. I'm thinking that the suspension is so low that I'm not getting much travel in the front. Not sure what the problem is in the back.
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ID:	434965 Okay, these were pictures I already had in my camera. When I get back to the house today, I will take some better pictures.
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A guy I met at a car show told me to lower the air pressure in the front and rear tires to 20 psi,
20psi may still be too much air, depending on the tire width and the weight of the car. My T Bucket ran 6-8 psi in the rear and 15 psi in the front, any more and it would jar your teeth. Chaulk your tires if you're concerned about wear. Chaulking will show you exactly how much air your tires need to wear flat.
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I'm not worried about tire wear. I was more worried about not having enough air to avoid a flat while out on the road.
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I don't see any evidence of the suspension hitting the frame or body. I did have to correct the angle of the front shocks when I first got the car because they were making contact with another part of the suspension and almost had made a hole in both shocks. I also added the steering stabilizer which really helped tighten up the steering. Here are a few more pictures of the suspension.
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I'll have to try less air in the tires. I think the rears are either 10 or 12 " wide. The car weighs about 1800 lbs with me in it. The tires are 14s in the front and 15s in the rear.
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front shocks look really short, disconnect them and go for a ride
you may bounce all over but it will probably tell you the shocks are bottoming out
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Your spring shackles are at the wrong angle.
Yours are almost vertical when they should be at a 45 degree angle.
Strange type of coil overs on the back.
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front shocks and pressure

looking at your front shocks u really need to redo that top support so the shock is mid way standing still. u hit a bump and it'll bottom out for sure. as for pressure, buckets don't need a ton of pressure. i think i was in the 10 to 15# area on rears. but mine were 20+ inchs wide.. can't remember now.
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Thanks, delawarebill. I'll try to lengthen the shocks by changing the supports. Thanks again for the idea. Bubba
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