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Re: [oletrucks] Any more advice on IFS or Rear End swaps for TF

To: Carl & Becky Ham <the_hams@hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: [oletrucks] Any more advice on IFS or Rear End swaps for TF
From: Claude <cramey@earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2003 16:48:46 -0600
I have a Chevy 10 bolt limited slip from a Monte Carlo in my '59. A Ford 
9 inch is not necessary unless your running bunches of HP and I read 
where the heavy duty stuff uses more HP to turn it all.

I still have the stock suspension up front, but I am considering using 
the front piece that accepts Monte Carlo A arms and steering components. 
This clip is jig built and made to fit all fenders, radiator, bumpers 
etc. You cut the front of your old frame off and slide the new one in 
place. It uses existing holes for alignment and then is welded in place. 
You then have a choice of which vehicles to use the steering, brakes and 
suspension components from. RB's sells these but I can't find a picture 
on the internet right now.

Hey, just found it. Heres the poop:
The clip accepts 1980-88 GM A or G body components. This lowers the 
truck 5" and gives you power steering, disk brakes, modern suspension, 
sway bar and full ride. And making your hub to hub distance 57.5". THe 
crossmember comes with the motor mounts installed for Chevy small or big 
block. All you need to provide are the GM components to bolt on to the 

Here's a picture:

Carl & Becky Ham wrote:

>About a month ago I posted a message asking for advice or past good/bad 
>experiences with independent front suspension swaps and newer rear end swaps 
>for a TF (55-59) Chevy truck.  For the record, my truck is a fair weather 
>driver (summertime) and I don't plan on trying to win awards or drag race 
>the truck.  It has a 283 V8 and 4 speed auto with original front and rear 
>suspensions.  I simply want to finish upgrading the drive train to 
>newer/better riding and handling and more reliable components
>I only received one reply for the IFS and 2 for the rear end swaps.  For the 
>IFS, Heidts or Total Cost Involved (TCI) mustang II's with tubular upper and 
>lower arms were suggested and I've found the TCI unit is about $800 cheaper 
>than Heidts.  I would appreciate any further comments or advice as I will be 
>buying an IFS in the March timeframe.
>For the rear end, it has been suggested I either use an S10 or Ford 9 inch.  
>I'm told the S10 may be a direct swap (width-wise), and the Ford 9 inch 
>would require some custom work.  Any suggestions from other list members?  
>Appreciate any and all comments.  Thanks,
>Carl Ham
>'56 Chevy TF Stepside
>Pontiac, IL
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