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Independent Suspension
By Ronald J. Welch

THE LAST WORD?

Let me preface this article by saying that the recommendations outlined here are based on experience and are offered only as suggestions. They are not the definitive answer to all suspension projects. Only good project investigation will yield the best results and save you the misery of an uninformed decision.

A BRIEF HISTORY

Trucks with the early single "I" beam technology of the '40's, '50's and '60's were strong, dependable and intended for lots of heavy work in primitive surroundings. These trucks over the years have proven that they were well built and long lasting. However, they lack the comfort and safety features we expect in today's daily transportation. Thus a whole industry has been created to satisfy this need.

NOT TOO LONG AGO

Not too long ago there were few choices for converting to IFS (Independent Front Suspension). Really the only choice a restorer had was to cut off the front of his or her truck frame and install a donor front clip from various donor cars. Popular donor cars were Camaro, Nova, Chevelle, Volare, Mustang II, Pinto and Pacer. These solutions were OK, but fraught with problems and trade offs. [more]

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