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Technical 49 ford

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by waynegen, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. waynegen
    Joined: Jun 10, 2011
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    Just starting a new project. I have been checking out different ways to lower it. Butch's Cool Stuff has 49 lowering kit which replaces a bracket with a couple of aluminum parts. Not sure how it works. Has anyone installed this IMG_0906.jpg kit and will it work with dropped spindles and lower coils?
     
  2. Buddy Palumbo
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    Looks like a nice project. Thoughts on drivetrain ? Mods ?
    I don't have the kit that you're asking about, just Aerostar front coils and blocks in the rear. Sits nice, rides well.
     
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  3. Squablow
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    I did the same as Buddy, Aerostar coil springs and blocks in back, gives around a 3" drop, requires shorter shocks, but really cheap and easy. If you search the HAMB for Aerostar springs you'll find the thread detailing the part numbers of the pieces you need. No need for anything beyond that IMO.
     
  4. 1pickup
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    The front lowering kit from Butch's works like this: The A arm has a plate that is riveted to the bottom of it. The spring sits on this plate. Grind the rivets off, put the aluminum spacers between the A arm & the plate, bolt them through the rivet holes, & you have lowered the from suspension.
     

  5. waynegen
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  6. waynegen
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    Buddy, thanks. I will be doing a few patch panels, but it’s pretty solid. I would like to keep the flathead and the three on the tree. I just want a nice low cruiser
     
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  7. tubman
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    Another vote for Aerostar springs; you'll get more drop from them than the spacers with stock springs.
     
  8. D type
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    Kooks like a great project Have fun and be safe
     
  9. Buddy Palumbo
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    If mine would've had a flattie in it when i bought it, I'd be running it too (probably eventually with a t-5 though). I put the 302 in it, it seemed right.
    Good luck !
     
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  10. I installed the lowering kit 20 years ago before I heard about Aerostar springs. I've never had a bit of problems. It lowered the car about 2". If I had it to do over, I'd go with the Aerostar springs but I'm not gonna change it now.
     
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  11. ...let us know what you do and pics please.
     
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  12. Colonial Coupe
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    20180508_092456.jpg Aerostar coils,fatman dropped spindles, posies rear springs with 2 inch blocks. Chevy monza v8 front shocks and 65 Chevy pickup rear shocks. Rides better than stock. 65 mustang rear. Some rubs with the fender skirts on. I have hit a manhole cover or two with the front crossmember.
     
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  13. waynegen
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    I really want to drop it 4 to 5 inches if possible. Thats why I was asking if anyone has done both. I think 5 should be possible. Looks like it has tire clearance. So far I’m going to try both
     
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  14. waynegen
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    Thanks. That is perfect. Love your car
     
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  15. waynegen
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    Nice car!! Like the color
     
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  16. waynegen
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    Will do
     
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  17. 5 inches is possible but you may have to modify the driveshaft tunnel. It also gets a little tough for tire changes.
     
  18. waynegen
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    Will any Aerostar coils work. Years are from 86 to 97. Nice and cheap
     
  19. You don't want the AWD. Part number is Moog CC850.


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  20. As critchdizzle alluded it will involve driveshaft tunnel reforming and you will have to; let the air out of the tire when changing tires (a flat tire can be complicated:mad:) and you may have to unbolt the shock and pry (lever) the rear end down just to get the deflated tire back on:confused:. Then you have to pump it up:eek:. Really 3" max is all you want to go and you may still have to deflate the tire some.o_O
     
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    from Phoenix,AZ

  22. Colonial Coupe
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    I carry a small bottle Jack to get the rear down enough to get tires off and on. Any lower would be a pita. On my 51 I run 6" wide rims on the rear
     
  23. I've got 3" blocks on the rear and 205R75 x 15 radials on stock rims. I have to disconnect the shock or deflate the tire to remove it.
     
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  24. waynegen
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    Thank you
     
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  25. waynegen
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    Thanks to all replies. That is why I like this site. You guys can save me a lot of head aches. 3 inch drop now sounds perfect.
     
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  26. waynegen
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  27. It may not be perfect. It all depends on what you want in the final outcome and what you are willing to do and put up with to keep it. Also, remember this, resale. Right now you probably don't have that in mind but if and when you do it will limit the range of buyers.
     
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  28. Turd Herder
    Joined: Jan 15, 2019
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    I lowered my 1950 Coupe many years ago with parts I got at LA Roadster swap area from a guy who bought the palm rts new and never used them. Lowering coils from Jamco and leaf springs from I think Posies. I made an angle bracket for the upper a arms and use shims between the bracket and the a arm cross shaft to adjust toe.
     
  29. oldiron 440
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    That's a nice look'n Ford!
     
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  30. On my 50 got Aerostar springs, Shoebox Ford components, Jamco disc and spindles, sway bar, 88 Ford rear with springs and blocks and air shocks. Just right and no problem changing tires, rides great.


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