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Technical 55 - 59 Chevy truck lowering options

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by deuceV8, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. deuceV8
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 237


    does anyone have info or photos of lowered 55 - 59 lowered trucks. I can't decide how to lower my truck whether to use a dropped axle or just springs etc.. Also what to use for a steering box. Any info greatly appreciated.
  2. sdrodder
    Joined: Feb 8, 2008
    Posts: 509

    from Houston TX

    I run an axle over spring up front on my 58. For the back I had a spring shop flatten my springs. IT lowered it about 6 inches. Im using the stock steering box. I run about 8 degree caster up front with a steering dampner(don't know if the dampner is really needed). I have no problems steering it. It has some bump steer but I have no problems keeping this thing on the road.
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  3. sdrodder,

    Could you share some pic of your conversion- looking to do the same thing on my '59 panel truck!

    Thanks, Bill
  4. Barn Find
    Joined: Feb 2, 2013
    Posts: 2,317

    Barn Find
    from Missouri

    When thy flatten the rear springs, do they shorten them and bend new eyes in the end?

  5. Barn Find,

    There are two easy ways on the '55-59 rear; either flipping the axle (new perches are cheap at Tractor Supply), or flipping the rear perch- both bring the rear down nicely.
  6. dubie
    Joined: Aug 17, 2004
    Posts: 698


    This is my 56 that has a 3" dropped axle up front with 3" lowered mono leafs. the rear has 6" dropped mono leafs dbag.jpg
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  7. volvobrynk
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,587

    from Denmark

    ^^^^^^^^^That is what I would do!

    Sid is the man with axles and what not.
  8. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,604


  9. sdrodder
    Joined: Feb 8, 2008
    Posts: 509

    from Houston TX

    Totally forgot about this thread. Here is a link to my album with a few pictures of the front end in it
  10. Mengestwinspeedshop
    Joined: Sep 27, 2008
    Posts: 45

    from Santa Rosa

    We lowered this with the drop springs from speedway up front and swapped the rear axle to the top of the springs with a small frame notch. ( I think it needs the dropped axle too but the owner didn't want to spend the 400 bucks!!)
  11. Kruckyou
    Joined: Dec 24, 2017
    Posts: 39


    Volvobrynk, I know this is an old thread but outta curiosity how low is the back of the front fenders to the ground on your truck? How low is the front bumper? I’m thinking on doing the 4” drop axle and 3” lowering springs.
    Thank you

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