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Old 08-20-2019, 09:49 AM   #31
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Anyone have any suggestions other than the Speedway leafs? I have read about using trailer springs. Anyone use those? What should I be looking for in terms of spring rate and length? I will have a big block and metal front end. Looking for a “soft ride” type spring if there is such a thing.

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I want mine to be a bit more rough and tumble looking, but DAMN that thing is sweet!

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Anyone have any suggestions other than the Speedway leafs? I have read about using trailer springs. Anyone use those? What should I be looking for in terms of spring rate and length? I will have a big block and metal front end. Looking for a “soft ride” type spring if there is such a thing.

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One of my customers used Suzuki Samurai front leafs in his 55 Gasser. They are available in stock height as well as 1.5" & 3.0" lift. I'm not sure which one he used but if you like the ride height of this car I can find out which ones he used. The axle is a 57 Chevy 1/2 ton pick-up. BTW, His first real run at the track he ran an 11.4 @ 118 mph.
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One of my customers used Suzuki Samurai front leafs in his 55 Gasser. They are available in stock height as well as 1.5" & 3.0" lift. I'm not sure which one he used but if you like the ride height of this car I can find out which ones he used. The axle is a 57 Chevy 1/2 ton pick-up. BTW, His first real run at the track he ran an 11.4 @ 118 mph.
If it is not too much trouble to find out the spring it would be appreciated. I like the height of that car maybe just a tad lower. Also, is the 55-59 axles 3” drop or 4” drop?

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I've used trailer springs sets on my last two builds with straight axles. I will say you need to go with the longest springs that will fit behind the front body panels. Usually 30" or less will work great. I went with 27.5" on my present build because it's 14" from axle center to the end of my frame rails.
As for spring rate, I'd go with 1250 lb. springs, and be sure they're at least 4 leaf. Then if you need to you can remove a single leaf or two to make the ride better. I found 5 leaf and they were $60 a pair with free shipping.
But if you still plan to go with a Speedway gasser axle kit, they come with their own 29" leaf springs. They'll likely need a leaf or two removed still, as they're fairly stiff.
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Thanks the information about the leafs. I am trying to spec out a parts and price list and compare it to the Speedway kit. I would prefer a 3-4” drop axle rather than a true straight axle. I have been looking at a Ron Pope axle. It seems he can make a drop axle up to 6” in pretty much any length. Any thoughts or issues when dealing with the Pope axles? He does have a kit, but it is about 350.00 more than Speedway’s kit. Then there is shipping also.
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If it is not too much trouble to find out the spring it would be appreciated. I like the height of that car maybe just a tad lower. Also, is the 55-59 axles 3” drop or 4” drop?

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He got the 3" lift springs and adjusted his height after the car was fully assembled by removing leafs as needed. I'm not sure on the drop but 3-4" is a safe guess. Here are a couple shots showing the 55-59 truck axle he used.
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I'm using a '55-'59 truck axle, with a Speedway disc brake kit. $100 for the axle, and $260 for the disc brake kit. Those are the trailer springs I bought in this picture also.

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He got the 3" lift springs and adjusted his height after the car was fully assembled by removing leafs as needed. I'm not sure on the drop but 3-4" is a safe guess. Here are a couple shots showing the 55-59 truck axle he used.
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