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Lowering front end 49 3100
#758550 Wed Jun 29 2011 07:13 PM
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Hi all you Stovebolters,
My question is: how many leafs may I remove "safely" to lower the frontend of my 49 3100 pickup and still have drive-ability? I already have the powersteering conversion and disc brakes up front. I installed a TCI rear spring conversion and 69 Camaro 10 bolt in the back, so 4-5 inches lower in the back.
Thanks for your help!

Wayne

Re: Lowering front end 49 3100
Wayne M Allen #758580 Wed Jun 29 2011 08:52 PM
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Wayne,
I did the same thing you did and also put 15" wheels in place of the 16's and I removed 3 of the smallest leafs and installed spring sheets between each , new u bolts and center bolt. I wish I could go lower but the bumpstops are bout 1" from frame and new lowered gas shocks make the diffrence.
Good luck!

Mike

Re: Lowering front end 49 3100
bowtiesr4me #758596 Wed Jun 29 2011 10:15 PM
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delux54panel #759644 Mon Jul 04 2011 12:26 PM
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wayne,
on my 57 i am running just 3 of the original 6 leafs, with gas shocks, and it rides "decent". gotta watch out for the bigger bumps in the road since it will bottom out kind of easily, but the look, stance, is what i was after.
oh yea, im also running one of Sid's 3 inch dropped axles.

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Re: Lowering front end 49 3100
RATRODKING #759668 Mon Jul 04 2011 02:55 PM
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Taking leaves out of front springs seems to be a Mickey Mouse idea.There are good front ends on the market that will get you lowered and also have a nice comfortable ride and handling.I put an M2 front end in my 55 from TCI it works great.

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dale937 #759756 Mon Jul 04 2011 09:54 PM
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yea, taking the leafs out is just a temporary solution for me, but it works decent.
i hope to one day do an IFS install like the mustang II, but dont know when i will have those funds available.

leonard


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Re: Lowering front end 49 3100
RATRODKING #759764 Mon Jul 04 2011 10:16 PM
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I'm sticking with my dropped axle and Mickey Mouse 3-leafs removed. Rides and handles great.

I don't trust a system that was basically designed for a Pinto or a Mustang II. Had one in a '59 truck and it was fine for 2 years. I came out one morning to drive it to work and the front end was completely collapsed, truck was sitting on the ground! I guess during the night the springs got together and decided they weren't going to support that kind of weight any more!!

I never trusted that dang frontend after that.

Re: Lowering front end 49 3100
waldo53 #759815 Tue Jul 05 2011 12:24 AM
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Originally Posted by waldo53
I'm sticking with my dropped axle and Mickey Mouse 3-leafs removed. Rides and handles great.

I don't trust a system that was basically designed for a Pinto or a Mustang II. Had one in a '59 truck and it was fine for 2 years. I came out one morning to drive it to work and the front end was completely collapsed, truck was sitting on the ground! I guess during the night the springs got together and decided they weren't going to support that kind of weight any more!!

I never trusted that dang frontend after that.


WOW.... no kidding.... maybe i will always stick with my mickey mouse drop too. LOL. that sounds scary for sure...

leonard


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Re: Lowering front end 49 3100
RATRODKING #766962 Sat Jul 30 2011 09:21 PM
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dropped axle, mustang II, or g body clip you can see my burb 4 inch dropped axle mono leafs, de-arc rear leafs


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