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Anti-bag 49-52 Chevy thread

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by matthew mcglothin, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. motoandy
    Joined: Sep 19, 2007
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    motoandy
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    from MB, SC

    Here is mine. Stock front suspension and 3" lowering blocks in the rear.
     

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  2. tbcworks.com
    Joined: Nov 5, 2006
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    That's a good looking Chevy!


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  3. tbcworks.com
    Joined: Nov 5, 2006
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    My '54 heading to The Lone Star Round Up '13! Heading outta N.C.

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  4. JReece
    Joined: Oct 6, 2011
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    My car, 3in blocks in the rear and 2 rounds cut out on the front. I also cut the front bump stops in half. I have some air-shocks for the rear, hope to have them on soon.

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  5. navyboy
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    well I have seen a few non chevys so I'm going to throw mine out there since its a 52', a plymouth lowered and they seem not to get much love but I love mine because I dont see them.
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  6. Dyno Dave
    Joined: Feb 18, 2011
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    Wanted to pass on some info on Energy Suspension polyurethane bump stops that I used on my 54" Bel Air. The car has Buffalo dropped spindles & arms with Jamco 3" springs, about a 5" drop and it rides well and seldom bottoms out, and with these bump stops its a soft impact, not a harsh bang !!! The stops are under $20.00 a pair and a bolt in. Part #99103 @11/16" tall and #9913 Ultra Low @ 3/8" available in red or black... Try a pair I think you'll like them, dyno dave
     
  7. Gregg Pellicer
    Joined: Aug 20, 2004
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    Mine dropped upright's and 2 " block's[​IMG]
     
  8. heliguy02
    Joined: Mar 12, 2014
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    from Indiana

    Hi everybody,
    I have a 48 chevy fleetmaster that I am wanting to lower. How much clearance do you need between your tires and the fenders so they won't rub when you turn?
     
  9. Marten
    Joined: Jan 27, 2007
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    Why cost those dropped uprights and steering arms so much money???
    Is it the metal or structure from the material? Its no rockectscience to make them in production...or I'm missing something??

    Since there are a lot of scrap Chevys, can you modified the stock one??
     
  10. malibustevens
    Joined: Jan 7, 2012
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    from Illinois

    Ok all you guys running cut/lowered front springs, what shocks are you using? Or do the stockers work fine? Just dont want my shock acting as bump stops....
     
  11. Devin
    Joined: Dec 28, 2004
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    Devin
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    from Napa, CA

    I think they have to be forged for strength as the support the weight of the entire car and have to resist all the physics working against them as the suspension functions. Definitely not something you want failing on you while driving. I'd also imagine that they are made in pretty small quantities as there only a limited amount of people using these they would be expensive to produce.


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  12. 54fierro
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    I know alot of people recommend shorter shocks when you cut springs but you basically have the same suspension limits at both sides(bump and droop), i still have the stock shocks on my 54 and havnt had any issues, been about 15 years.

    Now if shocks have a specific position or sweet spot where they control the suspension best then my thinking is wrong.

    I would be concerned that the suspension would hang on a shorter shock when you jacked up the car. Cesar
     
  13. malibustevens
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    Thanks Cesar

    Seems this has worked for you, i would say 15yrs is long enough to see if your going to have problems. How much did you cut your springs?

    I guess i just thought if the spring was cut say 2 inches you would need a shorter shock, so that if you hit a big bump/pothole (plenty here in chicago) the shock would run out of travel potentially breaking the lower shock plate. But if know one is having issues i wont waste money.

    Anyone else have any thoughts on shocks to use?
     
  14. Gambino_Kustoms
    Joined: Oct 14, 2005
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    because the hotrod hardware price DID NOT include the steering arms , we sell the cheeper than booth places and less shipping 585.00 for the set and 25.00 S&H and if yor an aliance member there 542.58 and 20.00 S&H
     
  15. 54fierro
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    54fierro
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    from san diego

    Malibustevens

    It's been a long time I don't recall how much i cut off. I do remember taking it back apart and cutting another 1/4 turn though. You can always cut more but you can't stick pieces of spring back on :)

    It's not too low and I havnt had problems bottoming out as it sits
     
  16. thewaxhead
    Joined: Apr 3, 2012
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    Lowered the rear of my SD with reset spring pack and took 2 leafs out, smaller bump stops/

    Lowered the front by cutting 1 coil but I think I they had been cut by previous owner too. Had to trim the bump stop down

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    Rides pretty bad at the moment, air shocks on the way from Summit for the rear... the current gas shocks are old. Just a temporary fix so I can enjoy the car for a few months until I have to pull it apart (inevitably a new driveline... 235 with 3 speed, torque tube getting the flick in favour of 8 cylinders and an auto (money depending)

    Heading to California in July, I think ill buy some dropped uprights for the front and potentially be purchasing some air ride stuff for the rear end off Gambino.
     
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  17. Damn that Sedan Delivery looks sweet.
     
  18. thewaxhead
    Joined: Apr 3, 2012
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    Cheers mate, shes better in the photos at the moment. Once I get it running perfect with my dream driveline, ill really make the body and paint good
     
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    Nice Sedan Delivery, thewaxhead!
     
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  20. thewaxhead
    Joined: Apr 3, 2012
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    Much appreciated mate!
     
  21. tahoe52coupe
    Joined: Aug 13, 2013
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    I am looking into dropped uprights for my 52 styeline deluxe. I was talking to RM Engineering in Oregon, and they say they can make up to 3" dropped uprights and steering arms. Has anyone tried these? Thanks for all the inspiration in this thread!!
     
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  22. GoinGreen
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    51 Fleetline Special

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  23. IronTrap
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
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    1.5 coils cut in the front with stock replacement shocks and 3" drop blocks in the rear with the bottom leaf removed. Need to throw some new rear shocks on yet and cut the rear bumpstops down a bit. May lower the front a hair more, but I want to drive it a little more to see how it all settles out.

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  24. King Karl
    Joined: Sep 27, 2007
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    20140608_080849.jpg 20140608_080817.jpg I went with 54 uprights and cut just a bit over 1 coil up front. 3" blocks in the rear.
    It rides really well but thinking of stepping the control arms up front and going back to stock springs to help with camber adjustment.
     
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  25. Devin
    Joined: Dec 28, 2004
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    from Napa, CA

    Looks great!
     
  26. rebstew187
    Joined: Jan 17, 2005
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    011.JPG My daily beater, family more door. I dropped the back with 3" blocks. No issue with anything unless I have the car loaded down with people and trunk full of stuff. If so I tap the frame on a hard bump. Front is next. Just one coil. I like the tail dragger look.
     
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  27. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
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    Here is a 52 I did back in the eighties. Stepped a arms, 54 uprights and cut coils (1 1/2 rounds) up front and 3 inch blocks out back... Boy I miss that car, it went in my divorce sale....3250 bucks in 1991

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  28. King Karl
    Joined: Sep 27, 2007
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    King Karl
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    from N.C.


    Moriarity,

    That's damn near perfect in my eyes.
    You just sealed the deal for me on the stepped control arms. Any issues with that setup?
    Also, is that a 54 column or did you cut down the original? Would love to see more pics if you have any.
     
  29. Moriarity
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    No issues that I remember. I stepped the a arms myself and it worked out pretty well. The steering column was stock 52 and the wheel was a little too on your face. Found another pic ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1425398180.716684.jpg
     
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  30. droplord49
    Joined: Jan 12, 2004
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    from Bryan, Tx

    new front resize.jpg Great looking 52! My 53 is setup the exact same way. Stepped arms, 1 1/2 coils cut, 3 inch blocks in the rear.
     

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