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Technical front end

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by roger didonato, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. roger didonato
    Joined: Aug 24, 2016
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    roger didonato

    Have a 38 Dodge pickup want to use stock front springs & axle . Whats the best way to lower the front end? Thanx
     
  2. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
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    dana barlow
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    from Miami Fla.

    If you wish some good ideas,put up photos of your set up. Often just taking some leafs out or coils off works
     
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  3. roger didonato
    Joined: Aug 24, 2016
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    roger didonato

    Thanx Dana
     
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  4. irishsteve
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
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    irishsteve

    You can have the axle dropped a couple inches.
     
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  5. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
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    pitman
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    from Hampsha

    [​IMG]
    Looks like a pair of fore & aft semi-elliptics.
    Moving mounts upward may, it depends on Dodge approach. (Search engine image)
     
  6. roger didonato
    Joined: Aug 24, 2016
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    roger didonato

    Do you know of any one who does this?
     
  7. roger didonato
    Joined: Aug 24, 2016
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    roger didonato

    I don't quite understand by Dodge approach. I'm from Pepperell I'm sure I've seen your truck somewhere.
     
  8. 1946caddy
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    1946caddy
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    from washington

  9. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
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    Remove some of the leafs from each front spring. You can drop it a bunch by moving the axle above the springs, but a dropped axle is probably the best method. Gene
     
  10. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
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    Removing leaves is the worse idea anyone can offer up as the spring will sag until there is no more room to sag.. I wish guys would back off and quit throwing that stupid idea out.
    This is my right front spring in my truck < over in the avatar. There are still five leaves in the stack but over the miles they sagged until I have about 1-1/4 clearance between the cut off bumper and the frame sitting static on the garage floor. I'm not saying don't do it but when you remove leaves to lower them they keep on sagging because the spring is a lot weaker.
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  11. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
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    pitman
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    from Hampsha

    Roger, the truck is supposedly your year of Dodge. I looked for a clear front end shot.
    Point is, if it was possible to remount the spring hanger setups. Thus lower, if all still cleared.
    I used to cruise your neighborhood w/Dennis Slocomb. He owned Bob Nadeau's 37 Chev w/a Pontiac 347cu.
     
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  12. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
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    My 48 F1 was way over sprung for the size truck it was . I removed 4 leafs from a new set of stock springs , all was well for 70k when I sold it . Removing leaves from a new spring and remove 4 from a worn out spring is a new ball game . I would never remove any from old springs or you could end up worse than Mr 48Chev has expressed to you .
     
  13. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
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    el Scotto
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    from Tracy, CA

    I have a ‘38 Plymouth truck and it’s got the wavy tube axle, not sure if the ‘38 Dodges had an I-bean or tube axle...
     

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