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Technical lowering a 46 Ford 2 inches in the front

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by silversink, Jun 28, 2020.

  1. silversink
    Joined: May 3, 2008
    Posts: 915


    Is it posable to lower a stock axle 2 inches and not screw up the steering by pulling leaves?
  2. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 1,674

    from New York

    I don't think that it's possible to remove enough leaves to lower your front end 2".
  3. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,887


    Try it--not that hard to remove and try then put back if not what you like. Probably has 11 or 13 leaves? go down to 9 and see.
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  4. Larry W
    Joined: Oct 12, 2009
    Posts: 729

    Larry W
    from kansas

    reverse the eyes
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  5. JWL115C
    Joined: Jan 28, 2010
    Posts: 153


    Longer shackles work too.
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  6. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,054

    Jalopy Joker

    get roughly 1/2" lower with each (every other and not the very top one) leaf removed - shorter gas shocks will help the ride
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  7. Who has done this? I heard that they make the front end hard to handle.
  8. sdroadster
    Joined: Jul 27, 2006
    Posts: 317


    If you reverse arch the main leaf, and make some shackles 1" over stock length, it will put you in the ballpark. When we were kids everybody I knew had longer shackles. They were often a graded project in High School metal shop. They work best on 42-48 Fords because they have a factory panhard rod.
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2020
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  9. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 6,185

    from Idaho

    Car or truck ?
  10. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 11,216

    from Raytown Mo

  11. Cosmo50
    Joined: Sep 8, 2011
    Posts: 210

    from California

    I got 2" shackles from Vern Tardels. They work really well. I have a 41 and it didn't come with a panhard bar. I got one from Speedway Motors. I haven't noticed any big difference in the handling.
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  12. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 1,098


    I don't know if I'd want to pull the second spring out of the pack which you'd have to do if you reversed the eyes on the main. It stiffens up the main spring and to me, seems kind of necessary on a full fendered 46. My 46 Merc weighs 3545 pounds. Your stock shackles are already longer than those little ones hanging on all these much lighter 20's and 30's coupes and roadsters and yours should be hanging pretty much straight up and down. You've got a panhard bar in there, too. Maybe pull the third, fifth and seventh to see where you'd wind up, might work better.
  13. general gow
    Joined: Feb 5, 2003
    Posts: 6,259

    general gow
    Staff Member

    I usually just shorted the second leaf an appropriate amount to allow for normal travel.
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