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I was wondering about something: My 34 Ford is just a frame right now. No motor, trans, body, etc. Front and rear suspensions are bolted in place, and I had an incident with my front suspension and had to cut 1 coil off the springs to get them to fit right. Now, my question is that I've put the wheels and have the chassis sitting on the garage floor and I've jumped up and down on the front end (and rear end) and nothing moves except for the tires. Is this normal for a car that's just a frame? Will I be able to make the suspension move after I at least get the motor and trans in? What I'm mworried about is that by cutting that 1 coil off, I made the front too stiff. I have a set of Mustang II chrome shocks that are rated at 450 lbs. I was thinking of just installing them and seeing what that gave me. I wonder if the suspension would move then? Any thoughts?

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My experience says that's typical, but then I only weigh 160. Without anything on it it's probably normal.
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Yeah...fully clothed in the winter after dinner I may weigh 160lbs at best, so that's kind of what I thought. Wngine and trans comes in next week..I'll see if that moves it then. Thanks
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With new springs and shocks they wear in and settle after a bit. I built my 37 Dodge with mustang-II springs and it took 2 of us jumping to get the front to move, that was before I put the engine in.


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As others stated- it is typical-I had my little Henry J put together and me, my wife, my neighbor and his wife all got on it and it barely moved- after engine and trans it started to act normally- and by the time all body weight was on it was great-.... but boy the looks we got outside jumping up and down on a bare frame....!!!
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Common 'problem'. My friend and I did the same thing on his MII front end on his '42 Willys pickup. With engine & tranny in place, and our combined 500# mass,we barely flexed the springs. However, after we got the truck built, they settled down into a great stance. Your'e ok.
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Great!! Thanks for the info and advice fellas. I'm going to hang onto that set of 450# chrome coils just in case the ride is too rough, but nice to know that until I get that car built, that suspension just ain't moving too much. Thanks again

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