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Lowering the old 56 chevy shop truck : front axle question

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by visor, Mar 11, 2004.

  1. visor
    Joined: Aug 11, 2002
    Posts: 513

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    from Missouri

    I'm finally working on the old 56 chevy shop truck
    thats been in the family for over 30 years.
    I have mono leafs on it now, but would like to
    go a little lower in the front.

    I have seen these dropped axles made by Worm inc.
    (Cen Pen).
    They claim a 3" drop over stock.

    Has anyone out there installed one yet?
    A pic would be cool.

    Any other lowering methods out there except:
    "why don't you IFS it, or sub frame it"

    TIA
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  2. Hay- Visor....would it be possible to "step"the frame[behind rear [frt]spring mount 3" /re angle steering column/drop the front few inches of frame 3" in front of springs?it would surely mean rework of front engine stands [if still the front] mount....if side mounts I think it would be all OK.....is that crazy?
     
  3. JamesG
    Joined: Nov 5, 2003
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    I had a 37 Chevy truck with the org. straight axel and what I did was have my springs de-arched.
     
  4. burger
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
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    from burbs


    Maybe try an MAS dropped tube axle? I have one under my Chevy and despite my complaints (you'll have to rework it a bit), it was a good deal at $159. They're available in drops up to 7", custom widths are available, and they take the 49-54 passenger spindle so you can get 5-lug drums outa the deal too.


    Ed
     

  5. jerry
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
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    get hold of elpolacko and have the original axle dropped! prool less than what the cen-pen would cost. and the truck would stay original.

    can you get any more traditional!



    jerry
     
  6. visor
    Joined: Aug 11, 2002
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    from Missouri

    Choprods......I know you've got it all work out
    for your 58 don't ya?
    Great idea and sounds like it would slam it.
    I just want to do a little quick lowering job without
    turning it into another project. You know what I mean?
    I've got to much other shit to finish.
    I know you don't have that problem. [​IMG]

    edmurder.. thanks for the info on the mas axles.
    I here you on the chevy car brakes.. already done
    on the front. and running a 56 chevy car rear with
    posi.

    Jerry.......These old trucks from 55-59 have a least a 4" drop
    in the stock axle.. so I'm not sure if you can
    stretch them any futher.
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  7. can u shorten the hangers any. suck them up into the frame more?
     
  8. No- Visor-It just occoured to me that was another do-able option....I am doing a subframe clip and stepping the frame 6" at the splice! [​IMG]This damn truck looks like a 4 wheel drive......
     
  9. JamesG
    Joined: Nov 5, 2003
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    De-arch the springs.....
     
  10. jerry
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
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    i've got a 50 chev truck myself. elp posted a pic of an axle that has an additional drop to it, i think about 2-3 more inches. it can be done. those axles have plenty to work with.

    i'll see him tomorrow and see if he can post a pic of the one they have at the shop.


    jerry
     
  11. visor
    Joined: Aug 11, 2002
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    from Missouri

    1LowDelivery.......Read my post man,
    I already have mono leafs on it now!
    They are lower than a de-arched spring.
    You can only go so far with flatter
    springs, Raising the shackles etc, as it moves
    the axle up closer to the frame rails and
    limits travel.
    You have to move the end of the axles
    upwards.... as in dropped axle.

    Jerry.. thanks man, I will be waiting to see
    what elp has to say.
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  12. Elrusto
    Joined: Apr 3, 2003
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    I've though the same thing about this old Chevy truck I've got.

    I thought about getting one of those 7" dropped tube axles from MAS Racing. I still need to research this one a little more.
     

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