By Ronald J. Welch
THE LAST WORD?
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
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]