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  1. 133
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    with the stock front suspension, i've got a quick question for you. what air bags are you using? i ask because i want to use Slam Specialties bags; but they come in 5", 6", and 7" diameters and i have no idea which one to use. thanks for the help.
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    6'' i dout the five inch would suport the wieght of your car.thow ive seen the 5'' used on the front end of a model t.and its a show car i dout it will be drove on the street.
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    i got my front suspension all apart for drop springs right now ill go out and mesure it as soon as i find my damn tape mesure.
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    Use the 6" you will have to cut out the spring cup and fabricate a flat steel base. There is a lot of cutting and grinding on the a-arms to make them fit without any rubbing.
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    the spring is 4.74" dia. and the pocket is 5" as well as the a-arm. would have to be cut out to run a 6" but it can be done as stated above. just bag the ass end and run drop coils up front thats how my 50 is:D
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    u cant air bag a 49-54 chevy with the stock front end......as far as i know
    the springs are like 3in dia springs and most airbags are like 4-7 in dia. if you know a way to airbag w/o doint a whole new front end let me know
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    there are several threads on this in the past 3 days, almost as many as the s10 t5 faq. one thread even has detailed pictures front and rear. http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=72871
    these look like 6 or 7"ers
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    yes, you can.

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    Pic of Stock IFS w Bag

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    Is there a pic of the backside? I'm wondering how the shock is mounted. Thanks!
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    show more!!!!
    now i dont have to do an mustang2
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    Just an FYI here. There's a good article in the current issue of Lowrider magazine on how to bag a stock 49-54 chevy front end. Future issues will cover bagging the rear & plumbing the system as well.

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    No pick of the backside, I was laying on the ground at the primer nationals taking the pics.

    That is the only pic of the front suspension that turned out ok.

    Pretty sure there isnt any shocks on the front.

    Few more pics of the car are here: (tan chevy w brown roof)
    http://50chevy.com/photos/primer_nationals
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    I jsut got this mag. It makes it look REALLY easy. If you can cut and weld, then its easy. It actually seems easier than the rear, if you consider the step notch.
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    thanks for that heads up.
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    I too got the mag...it's a good article, can't wait for the rest. In the first of the article it talks about all of things they have done to this 49 chevy. I have the article on the installation of the AC unit. They also talk about hiding a sony sound system.

    Does anyone have the issue that has the article about the sound system?

    Bill
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    anyway you can post about the ac system?
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    it was in the August 2005 Lowrider.

    Does anyone know what issue the sony sound system is in?
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    yeah, just didn't want to buy it if you could scan it....its kool tho
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    grocery store must not have it yet. anyone scan the bag article?
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    I have talked to this guy several times and he is not happy with the amount that his front end is lowered. Due to their vehicle laws, he cannot modify his front end (cut and weld). Without seeing the lowrider article, the only way is to cut away part of the upper support and reinforce on the inside.
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    Ya, thats what they do. They cut away part of the bottom of the upper support, and then they reinforce it to the frame.
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    thats the way its been done for a long time, works well, if you cant afford an upgraded suspension. i have one to do in the next couple weeks for a club member, maybe i will photograph it for a tech install.
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    Yeah grease monkey! i love to see that too!

    i have a chassis engineering trans mnt kit, but it hangs down WAY past the factory crossmember, which is too low already. I noticed on the blue 54 happy hoppy posted, they built new crossmembers for the trans so they were inside the frame instead of under it, but they didnt use any rubber mnt at the trans. will pose any problems, vibration ect?

    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=123970&d=1128084880
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    If youy aren't using motor mounts (rubber ones, that is), then you're OK. If you are using motor mounts, then you will crack your tailshaft housing because of the torque.
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    OK I looked at the mag and was wondering does the reinforced webbing actually have to be welded to the frame. I`m not an expert by any means, but it seems like that reinforcement would be enough itself.
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    I bet that you wounldnt HAVE to, but it would be foolish not too. Having it welded to the frame makes it a TON stronger. I suppose you could bolt it to the frame if you didnt want to weld.
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    are these guys running stock spindles? i see in the pic from 50 chevy the car has has of the front side it looks like the spindle has been modified or braced. after seeing this, i NEED my car that low. it is off the frame now, getting notched and what-not .i guess this would be the time to do it...........

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