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Model a sedan, how to lower it

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 64ONEOFF, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. 64ONEOFF
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    Hi, Fellas, I am eventually gonna buy or build a frame and drop axel(SAVING FUNDS). I was just wondering is there a CHEAP way to lower the car for now without spending a ton of $. It still has the 4 banger and I am having a blast, But sits way to high. If anyone knows a backyard bang for your buck way, I would really apprieciate it.... Thanks Jeff:D
     

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  2. flatout51
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    Reverse the eyes on the front spring and flatten the front crossmember... Get a Model T rear spring for the back.
     
  3. VOODOO ROD & CUSTOM
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    Let the Air out of the Tires.

    (I just couldn't resist).

    VR&C.
     
  4. 64ONEOFF
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    VOODOO, Thats F#$%!@ up, But funny as hell:D
     
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  5. Derek Mitchell
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  6. need louvers ?
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    flatout51 said it best, but also de-arch the front spring a bit.
     
  7. Carter
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    Depends how low you want to go. Quick and easy would be to reverse eye the front spring, put at spring in rear. Next you could do a 32 or 33-6 axle up front and reverse eyes on t spring out back.
    After that would require z'ing frame in rear or some other type of frame modification.

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  8. manyolcars
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    The word you almost got right is DROPPED axle
     
  9. A Rodder
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    I used a dropped axle up front but to get the rear down, I used a T spring which seems to go for 80 to 125 bucks and cut the top of the rear of the crossmember out and "re arched" it two inches higher which in the end netted me probably a solid four + inches of drop.

    Also if you can get some taller tires on the rear, it won't lower it any but will help fill that wheel well area where the fender bolted on. Looks a little better.

    The modification to the rear is in my thread in my signature line.
     
  10. 64ONEOFF
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    If anyone could explain with a little more detail about flattening the cross member, I would apprieiate it....Thanks
     
  11. A Rodder
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    It dips downward from the sides towards the center. When you flatten it you raise the center to match the sides. So it is on a same horizontal plane all the way across the crossmember.

    In effect, raising the height of the spring, thus lowering the chassis.

    Does that make sense?
     
  12. 64ONEOFF
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    Yes sir, thanks for your time.
     
  13. Ford Blue
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    Good info, Thanks
     
  14. GZ
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    Here's a 1929 Tudor I just lowered. It has an 8 leaf rear Model T spring and stock rear crossmember. The front spring is a 8 leaf SoCal Speedshop reversed eye spring that has a lower arch than the stock A spring. The front axle is stock as is the crossmember. The wheels are 16" with 7.50 rear tires and 6.00 front tires.

    The 1928 roadster has the same treatment.
     

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  15. choppedtudor
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    well, I went overboard and a bit unorthadox, with a 7 1/4" chop, a 4" channel AND a double-z frame....but then I tend to take everything to the limit. My avatar was before dropping the frame...
     
  16. Von Rigg Fink
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    dropped axle, reverse eye springs, maybe take a few leafs out of the front and rear springs..shit like that
     
  17. 64ONEOFF
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    Choppedtudor, looks like we are starting with the exact same car. I like to see your pics of the body on the z'd frame. Good luck
     
  18. You can't install longer shackles on a Model A
     
  19. 64ONEOFF
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    Hitchhiker, I was looking at that last night. You are correct. I am not seeing a way to extend shackles.
     
  20. LSR 2909
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    Is the rear spring a stock Model T?
     
  21. GZ
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    Yes, the rear spring is a stock, 8 leaf Model T rear spring, no modifications.
     

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