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Wanted to know about lowering a 39 plymouth


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I agree with the above comments, but in the interest of general information - back in the day - we used a steel block and longer "U-Bolts" between the rear axle and the rear leaf springs. They were generally available in 1,2, and 3 inch drop. The fronts were a different story. Some guys cut a coil out of the spring; some heated the spring to reduce its height (a really bad idea, in my opinion).

It is your car, and your choice, but why mess up a good looking car to make it "different", just like everybody else's "different". Again, your choice.

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Just don't do anything you or someone else can't undo when you get sick of it (which might take 2 weeks or 20 years, but it will happen). If you chop the frame, cut/modify supension bits, etc. you're destroying what is now VERY hard to find material for the future of the hobby, devaluing your car substantially for later owners.

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To top it off, early Mopars are really difficult to get a V-8 into and do a nice job without hacking up the frame... which you're probably thinking about if you're planning to rod it. Here's a Plan B for you to consider... how about a very unintrusive restorod? You could run the factory power train with maybe an aluminum head and Fenton headers, and keep the stock parts in case you want to put them back on. Maintain the original suspension with some rear lowering blocks and a custom wound set of lower front coils (still way cheaper than a MII frontend, and again, save the original coils)... do the usual restore of the paint, de-rust and interior and you've got a cool custom you can enjoy for now, and a car that can be easily restored and double the size of your market the day you want to sell it.

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They can be lowered without destroying them,lowering blocks in the rear and on the front lower control arms the plate the coil sprigs sit in can be removed and spacers installed. 1/2 inch spacers will lower it about 1 1/2 inches and a inch spacer will drop it about 3,you will have to drill the rivets out and use grade 8 bolts but can easily put back to stock if and when lowered this way the original ride is retained as with cutting coil springs can make the ride a little stiff. I personally think totally original cars lowered a little look better as they sometimes sit way to high and we dont have those sloppy dirt roads like that were around when they were built.

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