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50 3 inch drop #1341343 Fri Jan 10 2020 02:17 PM
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rabid2006 Offline OP
New Guy

HELLO everyone. I am new to the group. Just purchased and striped a 1950 chevy 3100 to the frame. I am having the frame blasted and powdercoated. I want to drop the truck about 3 inches. I know I can get blocks for the rear. Is there a way to drop the front without spending $350 on new drop springs?

Re: 50 3 inch drop [Re: rabid2006] #1341544 Sat Jan 11 2020 05:22 AM
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delux54panel Offline
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You can remove some leaves from the spring pack, or try www.droppedaxles.com
Good luck,
Marty

Re: 50 3 inch drop [Re: rabid2006] #1341872 Mon Jan 13 2020 01:24 PM
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rabid2006 Offline OP
New Guy
I thought about taking some leaves out but heard thats not too safe. But then again, this is going to be a show truck and not an every day driver.

Re: 50 3 inch drop [Re: rabid2006] #1341974 Mon Jan 13 2020 09:49 PM
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TUTS 59 Offline
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You can have spring shop reverse the eyes on the main leaf, that should be good for 1" +, that with a couple of leaves removed should get you the ride height your after.


Craig

Come,Bleed or Blister somethings got to give!!!
Q:"What yah runnin"
A:"3/8 drive Black and Decker aquarium pump motor" (the movie HOTROD)

59' Apache 31, long term project (30 years and counting)
Re: 50 3 inch drop [Re: rabid2006] #1342046 Tue Jan 14 2020 02:43 AM
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ndkid275 Offline
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I didn’t trust my old springs, so I didn’t remove any. I had my axle bent by Sid since I drive mine whenever it’s not raining.

Chris

Re: 50 3 inch drop [Re: rabid2006] #1342109 Tue Jan 14 2020 02:25 PM
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TUTS 59 Offline
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I have a 4" drop axle by Sid on my 59', really nice product. If I have to do it again I don't believe I would go with a 4" drop, with 235/60R15's up front the axle is pretty close to the ground. A 2"or 3" drop would be a better choice. I did remove 3 leaves on each spring up front, the chassis is really low. I am still up in the air about the ride height, I may replace the springs completely and just reverse the eyes if I want to go lower.


Craig

Come,Bleed or Blister somethings got to give!!!
Q:"What yah runnin"
A:"3/8 drive Black and Decker aquarium pump motor" (the movie HOTROD)

59' Apache 31, long term project (30 years and counting)
Re: 50 3 inch drop [Re: rabid2006] #1342125 Tue Jan 14 2020 03:47 PM
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ndkid275 Offline
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Tuts,

I’m with you, I went 4” and should have gone 3” on my 51. Jerry pulled me aside at homecoming and lectured me on removing springs, so they went back on that week!

Chris

Re: 50 3 inch drop [Re: rabid2006] #1342278 Wed Jan 15 2020 11:57 AM
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Rocket man Offline
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I had a local fabricator make me a couple of 3" lowering blocks. They're 1 3/4" wide so they fit nicely on the original rear springs, '50 3100. Glad I didn't go any lower. The stance looks great albeit with 14" "rollers" for now. 18" will eventually be the wheel of choice for the rear...17" in the front coupled with an IFS.

Re: 50 3 inch drop [Re: rabid2006] #1342375 Thu Jan 16 2020 12:47 AM
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ndkid275 Offline
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Sid at dropped axle sells lowering blocks, ubolts, etc.

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Re: 50 3 inch drop [Re: TUTS 59] #1342414 Thu Jan 16 2020 01:09 PM
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mick53 Offline
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Originally Posted by TUTS 59
I have a 4" drop axle by Sid on my 59', really nice product. If I have to do it again I don't believe I would go with a 4" drop, with 235/60R15's up front the axle is pretty close to the ground. A 2"or 3" drop would be a better choice. I did remove 3 leaves on each spring up front, the chassis is really low. I am still up in the air about the ride height, I may replace the springs completely and just reverse the eyes if I want to go lower.

Eaton Detroit springs will make you whatever you need without compromising safety and performance.


Old enough to know better, too young to resist.

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