Ok, picture this: the War just ended. It is now the late 40s early 50s and an engineer or heavy backyard tinkerer wants the latest and greatest in suspension design added to his late 30's Ford chassis, but can't afford anything new... What would he do? With that in mind, I have come up with a couple ideas that I think will work. First: Split the I beam for IFS. Yes, I have read all the posts on this beat-to-death-horse and have read into the handling problems of the Allard. BUT, PLEASE HEAR ME OUT. The now two independent sides of the axle would be lengthened and Z'd such that they cross each other and pivot about a low point on the opposite side of the chassis, akin to a Mallock U2 (which handled very well apparently). Now, usually there are some sort of trailing links or parallel bar setup which keeps the axle from moving forwards and aft, and this is where my thinking differs. Why not use parallel quarter elliptical springs as the suspension spring and the locating links? To my thinking, this could cause slight changes in toe due to the somewhat short length of the travel arc, which would pull the swing arm in slightly at full travel. When looking at pictures of the Ford IFS twin I-beam setup used in trucks though, the trailing arms is very short compared to the swing-arm length, so I am unsure if this actually would be of major concern. Second: Remove the top-loader 3 speed gearbox (or 4 speed from the junkyard), mount the torque tube to the bell housing and shaft to the clutch, bolt the tranny to the other end of the torque tube, and bolt it directly to the banjo housing. Also, machine some inserts such that the axle tubes can be cut and the drums move inboard for an IRS style housing. The rear end can then be set up DeDion style with dual quarter elliptical springs, just like the front end of the Millers, but in the rear. This way, weight is more evenly distributed with the 'transaxle' in the back and engine in the front, there is substantially reduced unsprung weight, and handling can be greatly improved over the live-axle setup. I have done quite a bit of research and digging in forums with some results, but nothing along exactly the lines of what I was thinking. I'd like to get your expert opinions on my ideas and also to see if anyone has done something approaching this setup before, using similar methods. Cheers.