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Technical '46 Ford Deluxe Coupe - Altitude adjustment and more...

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by fiftiescat, Sep 30, 2017.

  1. fiftiescat
    Joined: Jan 22, 2013
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    Just picked up a '46 coupe, original 59A flatty... all stock and original aside from a paint job years back and the interior redone...

    Looking to lower this thing... first in the rear and then the front. What are my options here?

    This car is still 6v... it's got a bit of an ignition break up here and there, I have no problem sticking with traditional points ignition, but are there any decent aftermarket dizzy's out there worth using? Speedway looks like they have a cheap piece of junk and I've seen a few units here and there on eBay. Curious to what everyone is running.

    Anyone know if a slingshot manifold will fit under the hood of a '42-'48?

    I'm dying to get into this thing I just can't decide where to start!

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  2. Thats a nice looking little coupe.
     
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  3. footbrake
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    Hello!!!! Just leave it alone
     
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  4. "JUST LEAVE IT ALONE" ???? I thought this was a HOT ROD board, traditional at that!
     
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  5. woodiewagon46
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    Agreed, looks good as it sits, leave it alone.
     
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  6. Sorry, I thought I was on the H.A.M.B. , not FORD BARN.o_Oo_O:)
     
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  7. e z i
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    Reverse eye springs, front and rear, dropped axle, stock distributor is just fine.
    Tune up, cruise.... oh yeah, two pipes....
     
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  8. razoo lew
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    The pics look lower than my stocker, (and a heck of a lot nicer too!!). While you may want to go lower, it would help to know what the starting point is; do you know if anything has been done to get the stance you have now, or is is "as delivered" from Henry?
     
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  9. fiftiescat
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    It needs a bit of work... a little too slow to drive on the highway, the wiring needs to be replaced, and it's got a few weather stripping issues.


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  10. Z06-LITE
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    I love the neighbor hood photo!! Looks like it was taken in the mid '60's.
     
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  11. flatford39
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    Either you got a real weak rear spring or that thing already has been lowered in the ass end. I would do it incrementally. Start by going with a reverse eye front spring and then check your wheel clearance (tire rubbing). If you want more than start looking for a dropped axle or have yours dropped. It really is lower than stock now so I would be a little careful.
     
  12. scrap metal 48
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    Cool looking coupe.. Will be killer when you get it in the weeds....
     
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  13. Long Shakles 6" and youre home free
     
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  14. lodaddyo
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    Looks great! I lowered my 47 that way, reversed the eyes on my stock main leafs and a 6" shackle in the rear. Also converted it to tube shocks.
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  15. fiftiescat
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    The rear spring is shot. I figured I'll start in the back and work my way forwards.


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  16. fiftiescat
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    It's got 2 pipes, the tips were ugly so I took em off. Gonna completely re do the exhaust as well. It's got stock manifolds and the whole system has little leaks.


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  17. lodaddyo
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    I bought a set of headers from reds.,the extensions and ran dual mellowtone steelpacks. Chrome pencil tips . 59ab sounds good
     
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  18. Ritzy1
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    Yes, the Slingshot manifold will fit w/air cleaners. Picture of mine mocked up attached. I've got a thread going for my build-up that may be of interest to you: https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum...cities-1948-ford-build.1021019/#post-12218952.

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  19. IMG_0297.JPG The slingshot is a excellent performing manifold and also looks good;ditch the stock exhaust and run headers with glass packs and you will enjoy the mild changes!
     
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  20. ol-nobull
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    Hi. How much lowering will or will not work for you will depend on whether you plan to use it as a daily driver or not. You have to take into account tail dragging going in & out of drives, speed bumps in parking lots, etc.
    having that low look looks real cool but it will not impress anyone that see's & hears that scrape when the tail drags.
    the photo of the lowered coupe in one of the above posts looks great but it definitely is a tail Dragger.
    Likely that is behind the leave it alone comments. That does not mean do not modify anything on the car as most engine add on's really look good on flatheads.
    Jimmie
     
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  21. ...get it to sit like this an yer on the money...
    barnharts 46.jpg
     
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  22. fiftiescat
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  23. rfraze
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    There is a flattened front crossmember available which raises the front spring perch and does a good job of getting the front down without sacrificing ride. Drill out rivets, replace, reassemble.
     
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  24. Your coupe is a spitting image of mine. I put a dropped axle and reverse eyed spring up front, reversed the spring and longer shackles in the back but I'd like to add longer shackles in the front for an extra inch lower. I had a stock axle dropped, you will have to modify your spindle arms, drag link and pan hard bar if you go this route. My car has 6.00 16's up front and 7.50 16's in the back

    Slingshot should fit no problem

    That dual point ford distributor is awesome but changing to a crab cap (same distributor just different cap clips, cap and rotor) is a lot easier to wire.

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  25. ol-nobull
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    WOW Chris. Now that one has the stance of a lowered daily driver that should be able to go anywhere without dragging. Jimmie
     
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  26. Gman0046
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    fiftiescat, your 46 coupe looks great, I wouldn't touch it. Its just the way I build them leaving all the stainless and chrome the way it came from the factory. Black also makes everything look better.

    Gary
     
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  27. Jalopy Joker
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    to lower the front: reversed eye main leaf; de-arch leafs; remove 2nd leaf from top & 4th leaf from top leaf; better ride with a panhard bar & a stabilizer bar & gas tube shocks - rear; gas tube shocks & longer shackles, or replace rear springs with aftermarket 2"- 3" lowering springs - a Ford Maverick, and others, 8" rearend good way to install taller gears to help with highway use
     
  28. Hahaha...love it.
     

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