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what front IFS kit are you running in your 47-55 3100

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by lowcal52, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. lowcal52
    Joined: Dec 2, 2011
    Posts: 42

    from Downey, CA

    what up, im trying to figure out what ifs i want to run on my project. i know alot of people are running the mustang 2 but ive had 2 friends of mine use them on their projects and arent very satisfied with the amount of travel they get out of them. Im going to be running adjustable suspension and im trying to figure out what everyone things about there front end swap and approximately how much travel they get laid out to full lock up.
  2. all you're going to find is Mustang ll, S10 frame swap orr Camaro clip

    I went a different route and it fit perfect. but I don't have it on the road yet, So I'm reluctant to hype it. 49-54 chev passenger car/ 53-62 Corvette

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  3. whid
    Joined: Jun 20, 2008
    Posts: 452


    i've got a AMC Pacer in my 49................whid
  4. Leevon
    Joined: Oct 5, 2009
    Posts: 401

    from Nixa, MO

    TCI MII for me, w/ air bags. I guess I don't understand the travel deal, I can lay the front crossmember an inch off the ground (where I have my snubbers set) or a foot or more off the ground.

  5. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,223


    $500 says you can not. There is not a MII setup from TCI, or anyone else with a foot of travel. Nope.
  6. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 8,215


    Jag series 2 IFS in a friends. Easy conversion, Power steering and Disc brakes, plentiful and cheap. Plus Chevy bolt pattern.
  7. Dakota
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
    Posts: 1,535

    from Beulah, ND

    I think Elpolako has done some dodge dakota swaps that work really well.
  8. ol'chevy
    Joined: Nov 1, 2005
    Posts: 1,283


    I run a fatman superlow with 2" spindles. My running boards sit 3/4" off the ground when slammed and 8" at full lift. Rides great, handles pretty well.....for fat assed whitewalls.




    Ride hight.
  9. dirt t
    Joined: Mar 20, 2007
    Posts: 4,667

    dirt t
    from Kingman,AZ
    1. HAMB Old Farts' Club

    I would look at a Jag .
  10. gasser300
    Joined: May 25, 2010
    Posts: 486

    from Ft Worth

    I had a 36 Poncho with a Pacer crossmember. Now where to find one would be the problem.
  11. Fatman's.....hands down!
  12. bstie
    Joined: Jan 20, 2007
    Posts: 243


    Ol' Chevy your truck rules! I am having a No Limit kit installed on my Studebaker right now I only hope it sits as nice as yours!!
  13. Joes50
    Joined: Feb 13, 2003
    Posts: 181


    Your sure do have a sweet truck Ol'chevy
  14. oldcarfart
    Joined: Apr 12, 2005
    Posts: 1,437


    If there is a travel issue with a Must II it is usually from cut springs instead of dropped spindles. I have run many a Must II crossmember and only issue was the strutless lower a-frames, it felt "loose" to me, maybe I boogered up, not the first time and not the last time (grin), my current build using C4 'vette, front & rear. I like the green truck with Buick headlight trim in earlier posts and am stealing many of his ideas plus visor and skirts for the late 50's/early 60's "Philly" style I remember as a kid, planned drivetrain is turbo'd six with 5 speed. No one will see suspension, it's for my old arse comfort.
  15. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,191

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    I've got a Industrial Chassis Dakota kit in mine. Steve (El Polacko here) used to make these. Check with him. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED KIT!
    Got 5,000 miles on mine, aligned easy, tire wear's minimal. Easy to steer and strong enough to carry a Suburban loaded with family.
  16. brigrat
    Joined: Nov 9, 2007
    Posts: 5,272

    from Wa.St.

    Interesting swap, never thought of that one! I have a '62 Vette front clip and a '53 Chevy Panel, I see a possible marriage! If you want to share any info and possible pic's shoot me a PM with your E-Mail addy.............. Thanks
    Joined: Aug 7, 2009
    Posts: 2,069


    late 70's to early 80's regal/cutlas/monte/etc. are the best.

    Built like a Z28 but more narrow & preferred.

    Im stalling a MMII now in a 54 chevy p/u & MMII suck.
  18. kellenmac3
    Joined: Dec 4, 2011
    Posts: 2

    from ohio

    I was looking at a TCI Mustang II with dropped spindles for my 50 AD chevy. Anybody out there have any pics of theres. I'm curious how they sit. They claim a 4" drop, but I'd love to see one.
  19. i'm running a 73 to 87 (Later years are metric) Chevy 1/2 ton front end under mine. its a bolt in with 1/2 inch plates on each side pretty simple. You can see pictures of the swap in my photo albums under ifs swap
  20. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,571

    from Zoar, Ohio

    I've now install two kits into 47 through 53 chevy pickups and used kits from Kennys Rod & Custom Newton Falls, Ohio (330) 872-1932
    I found them to be plenty sturdy and well designed. They make their own.
    Very reasonably priced.. for the kit ..But the directions suck.
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  21. I used Jag front and rear in my 53 GMC project. Front is really easy, no cutting necessary; but since you want to get extra low, you could notch the Jag crossmember up into the frame At normal ride height with std coil springs my running boards will be about 8 inches off the ground.
  22. Isn't that the poorly designed kit where the upper A-arms dig into the frame rails?
  23. lowcal52
    Joined: Dec 2, 2011
    Posts: 42

    from Downey, CA

    I've been looking at the no limit ifs kit that uses camaro ball joints.. I'm not sure what its called but I was wondering if anyone has used it and if so what did you think about it
  24. ol'chevy
    Joined: Nov 1, 2005
    Posts: 1,283


    Fatman has a great kit and excellent tech. spport. Brent is a great guy and knows his stuff. Never heard of the uppers digging into the frame, unless the installer is a total would have to put forth effort to screw it up that badly. I beat the shit out of mine and drive it all the time.
  25. I am running my own kits on my '48 and '53. it uses GM metric spindles and A-arms.
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  26. mkilger
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 424


    make sure if you buy a fatman from fatman! No limit well Iam not going to go there!
  27. Cumminsf100
    Joined: Oct 13, 2011
    Posts: 15

    from Taylor, tx

    I second the 73-80's chevy truck suspension, did the exact same thing on my 54 20 years ago. Easiest swap ever.
  28. Leevon
    Joined: Oct 5, 2009
    Posts: 401

    from Nixa, MO

    Well you're right that was pretty liberal of me...8-9" might be more accurate but I should measure it. Point being I don't have any issue with the amount of travel. Just never heard the complaint before, wondering why...
  29. neverdun
    Joined: Oct 17, 2007
    Posts: 677

    1. Maryland HAMBers

    TCI mII in mine with2" dropped spindles. Alignment was a breeze and it rides real nice after I added the sway bar.

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  30. ol'chevy
    Joined: Nov 1, 2005
    Posts: 1,283


    The 73-up has a wide track width...not good if you plan to lower it. The Dakota swap would be a great one, just no more kits available to adapt. The Dakota matches the track width of these trucks closely and is a fairly heavy duty suspension system. DO NOT clip these trucks. The amount of time and potential to screw it up during install makes spending $ for a kit that fits make more sense.

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