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Technical 1936 Ford ride Height

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Nemosgarage, Oct 24, 2017.

  1. Nemosgarage
    Joined: Sep 21, 2009
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    I have a 1936 ford pickup with a SBC and auto trans, the front axle is an early Super bell 4 inch drop and I believe a super glide reversed eye spring. The ride height measured at the lower part of the grill is 4.25 off the ground. I am looking to swap a 354 Hemi into it and I am concerned that the low ride height now will be too low for practical driving. I was considering swapping axles out to get extra ride height and lower the risk of destroying the grill. If I stand on the bumper my weight (250 lbs) lowers the truck by about a 1/2 inch so I feel the spring is good. I was looking into the Super Bell 32 Ford heavy duty reproduction axle as one choice and the other is a stock 35 ford axle. I read some reports that the new axles are not as strong as Henry steel. Is anybody using this axle now?
     
  2. David Gersic
    Joined: Feb 15, 2015
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    from DeKalb, IL

    Stiffer spring to compensate for the added weight?


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  3. Nemosgarage
    Joined: Sep 21, 2009
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    The shackle angle is correct and the spring is really pretty stiff was also thinking of changing the main leaf eye back to the normal position which may give me a 1/2 inch.
     
  4. First off, They make a specific "hemi" spring.

    Next what's the front suspension configuration and crossmember ?

    Channeled truck ?
     

  5. Nemosgarage
    Joined: Sep 21, 2009
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    Not channeled ,stock crossmember with split wish bones. Just checked 31 Vicky with a hemi build great work wish mine was even close to that.
     
  6. Spring in front ?

    Pics would probably help.
    The stock crossmember has a big dip that boosts the ride height up pretty good.

    Thanks for the kind words on my build
     

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