December 22, 2006I have good bones. I purchased the truck from the son of the original purchaser. It still has the original (rebuilt) 6 with 3 on the tree. The truck has 137,000, the engine has 30,000 on rebuilt...It sat in a 3 car garage for 12 years. except for a dented front panel of the bed the body is perfect. The undercarriage was undercoated.
The son put the wheels on it that you see in my gallery and he put new bed runners on it. He also put a 9 inch rear end in it (ratio?)
My original intent was to keep it original...I've changed my mind.
I've decided to start with suspension..How low do I go?
IFS...dropped axle...or dropped mono spring? (I've decided against air bags).
I want to eventually put a 302 or 351 with an automatic transmission in it, how will that affect suspension
OH! and power steering is a must.
I was especially interested in the recent outstanding article about the Corvette suspension (That won't happen) ...The one thing always missing in the discussions and photos is the connection from the steering column to the steering rack...I've seen some at car shows that were terrible.
The straight axle, dropped or mono spring sems like the most cost effective and the only power steering conversion I know of is the Toyota steering box setup...sounds simple enough.
Last but not least, what is a comfortable ride height (or drop)?