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Re: Original front suspension vs. IFS
Rocket man #1355343 Wed Apr 15 2020 03:03 PM
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You have a couple of really good comments here and I think they'll be obvious to you. If you rebuild your entire front end (including steering box) and leave it at original height, etc you'll have a fine pickup. If you go with IFS, you're entering a money pit, and depending on who does the work you might make irreversible changes that make everything worse. Please remember your truck was designed carefully and thoughtfully by very intelligent people...and the entire thing (especially the frame design) was intended to work as a unit. Keep it stock, adjust caster a bit higher (to help it track straighter), get new radial tires which mimic the original width as much as possible (NOT wide ones) and keep the entire thing greased regularly. Also I'd encourage you to replace your leaf springs. Those wear out, weaken, etc and new ones will make a difference. As for disc brakes, millions upon millions of electrons have been sacrificed here discussing one v the other. Drum brakes are just fine if they're correct and kept in good nick.


Jon

1952 1/2 ton with 1959 235
T5 with 3.07 rear end
Re: Original front suspension vs. IFS
Rocket man #1355354 Wed Apr 15 2020 04:30 PM
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Posts: 184
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I should have mentioned that the first vehicle I got to drive after getting my license was my dad's '54 3100. I remember the pro's and con's to this day. In doing research I recognize that dropped spindles are not available for the standard axle. A dropped axle would now be the route I would take. Additionally, power steering is a must for me. I want ALL the creature comforts.
I have already installed a 10 bolt rear end so the front hubs will have to be changed as well. Obviously, I'm not doing a restoration...more like a ratty restomod if there is such a thing. Nothing of any consequence will be hauled in it...other than what HotRod Lincoln mentioned!
I appreciate all of your comments. As I mentioned in my original post, cost is my biggest concern on what I do upfront keeping in mind of how I want the truck to look. If it's a wash either way, which is my best option. I know it comes down to my preference, however, I want it to be an enlightened one.
I wish some IFS bolters would weigh in.

Re: Original front suspension vs. IFS
Rocket man #1355358 Wed Apr 15 2020 04:46 PM
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Posts: 9,027
Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
We did IFS on my son’s 1953 3100 but we went the grafted Camero k-member route. Worked great and drives great. Lots more work than a bolt on.🛠


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Re: Original front suspension vs. IFS
Rocket man #1355392 Wed Apr 15 2020 07:14 PM
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Boltergeist
Find a Nova or Camaro with a lug bolt pattern that matches your rear axle, and graft the entire front frame from about the firewall forward to your stovebolt frame. That way, you can take advantage of the millions of dollars' worth of engineering that made the suspension, steering, and brakes work on the original vehicle, not some shade tree hotrodder's idea of what works when a sub-compact car crossmember gets grafted into place.
Jerry


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Re: Original front suspension vs. IFS
Rocket man #1355394 Wed Apr 15 2020 07:15 PM
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Whoa now!
You want ALL the creature comforts but you have caviar tastes on a hamburger budget. Not possible. Here is a 53 GMC on a shortened and narrowed 74 Caddy chassis that fits your bill. 500ci V8, p/s, pb, a/t, a/c, power seat, cruise control, power windows, remote controlled everything, etc. Rides and drives like a Cadillac and all yours for a mere 53k. I think you need to choose ONE and forget the other. Truck 25 years old when pic taken.

[img]https://i.postimg.cc/5jZW3MYG/51-GMC.jpg[/img] [postimg.cc]

[img]https://i.postimg.cc/WttJZ0g8/51-GMC-009.jpg[/img] [postimg.cc]

[img]https://i.postimg.cc/Wd43Rv8n/51-GMC-007.jpg[/img] [postimg.cc]

[img]https://i.postimg.cc/s1p9xYrL/51-GMC-008.jpg[/img] [postimg.cc]


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Re: Original front suspension vs. IFS
Rocket man #1355436 Wed Apr 15 2020 11:30 PM
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Nice.

Ed


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'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
'55 GMC 370 w/270, 420 4 speed, grain, dump bed truck from ND. Works OK.
Re: Original front suspension vs. IFS
Rocket man #1355457 Thu Apr 16 2020 02:52 AM
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Posts: 184
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coilover...creature comforts as in PS, PB and especially AC. My wife won't ride along in the summer without AC. Come to think about it that wouldn't be all bad! Scratch the AC!!

Re: Original front suspension vs. IFS
Rocket man #1355519 Thu Apr 16 2020 03:03 PM
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Posts: 1,344
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So whats the Problem?


Tommy
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Re: Original front suspension vs. IFS
Rocket man #1356238 Mon Apr 20 2020 02:54 PM
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Posts: 335
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Personally I just couldn’t put a Mustang front end on my Chevy truck.




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Re: Original front suspension vs. IFS
coilover #1356240 Mon Apr 20 2020 03:19 PM
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New Guy
Check out the chain drive steering in the last pic

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