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how can i lower my 1956 international s120?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by new 2 the old, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. new 2 the old
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    just trying to see if any one has lowered there international? if so do you have any pics of ur work ?
     

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  2. KoolKat-57
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    Get my brother inlaw to ride along with you!
     
  3. new 2 the old
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    haha it needs to be level tho lol
     
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  5. tanof
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    Flipping the axles will drop them. Search the link above and another one about flipping a solid front axle - an F100 thread I think. Remember, you don't actually flip the axle, your just put the springs under the axle instead of the stock spring over axle setup. Watch out for steering and oil pan issues.
     
  6. new 2 the old
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    thanks every one . i see not to many ppl have the s120 international 3/4 ton
     
  7. tanof
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    I have a 67 1200b 2wd.
     
  8. RatPin
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    I personally would not flip a front axle. Anything you do in the front will cause issues with bump steer and pinion arm issues.
    Nobody makes dropped axles for these old trucks unfortunately.

    The back is easy. You can flip the spring perches if you want, but you'll have to cut into your bed a little for clearance.

    You can also have the factory springs de-arched 3". That's what I did on my '51 L110. On my '54 I'm going full MII and airbags to give it an extreme drop when parked.
     
  9. new 2 the old
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    what year of s10 can i use?
     
  10. PhilJohnson
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    I wouldn't. Too narrow and you'll have to hack the crap out of the body to make it work. If you are a cheapskate I would recommend buying a rotted out 70s-80s era Jag and using the front clip off of that.

    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=451036

    It is plenty beefy and the clip can slide over your existing frame. The back should be plenty easy to lower. Get an axle out of your favorite type of car and mount the springs under the axle.
     
  11. new 2 the old
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    im trying to find somthing with a 350 in it and a frame that i can put the 56 body on
     
  12. new 2 the old
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    im going to get a g body and use some on my frame in it like a olds do the same this guy did then cut out the sides
     

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  13. RatPin
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    Buy yourself a good sawzall cause you going to be cutting it up to get it on that frame.
     
  14. new 2 the old
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    the only thing i may have to do is make the box smaller or if i get the 83 cutlass then i have to raz the box up 4 inch
     
  15. japmine
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    Hello,

    I was reading this thread from awhile back and have a 1956 s120 as yours and want to lower it. This is al new to me and I think I understand your method but had a couple questions. Is your truck still a 4 wheel drive with the original engine. I was under the truck last night trying to figure out the front. Did you have any issues with steering linkage. Thanks for the information.

    John
     
  16. spiderdeville
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    channel in a chevelle frame
     
  17. Hi John,

    My truck was always a 2 wheel drive, so it was pretty straight forward. The steering linkage didn't change much. Not sure about a 4 wheel drive front axle. Haven't ever seen that setup on our trucks.

    Jeff
     
  18. styleline
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    take off the wheels
     
  19. new 2 the old
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    LoL thanks guys . What i ended up doing was taking a 82 cutlass car took the body off the car and did frame work and but my 56 international body on the cutlass gbody frame.worked great
     
  20. jcmarz
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    do it the old school way, throw a few cement bags in the truck.
     
  21. new 2 the old
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    lol didnt have a box floor when i got the truck lol
     
  22. koolkat269
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    any pics?
     
  23. Dartnbyyou
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    like ^ said, Pics?
     
  24. BadassBadger
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    notch the frame and bag it
     
  25. new 2 the old
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    56 is done. i lowered the truck by placing a 82 cutlass frame under the truck. nows shes my daily driver .
     

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    pics
     
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    pics
     
  29. silversink
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    Looks good I did one a couple of years ago, I got a KB frount axle which has a 4" drop from the factory. Yours turned out looking good.
     

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