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Old 01-12-2018, 11:01 AM
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lower rear stance on 53 f100

Looking for help from you guys that may have lowered the rear end on your 53-56 F100. I've got a 53 f100 that I've already installed a mustang II IFS . Looking to lower the rear end stance keeping my original frame and rear axle and leaf springs. I suspect someone may have done this by cutting/notching/boxing frame above axle and maybe repositioning stock axle on top side of springs. This may not be something to attempt. Other ideas/means that may be a consideration hopefully you can share. If there are pic's from maybe your project or a source article from some forum/mfg/other, I'd love to see..
Thanks to all you F100 dudes..
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:23 AM
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I went with posie super sliders lowered it but I do not have the bed back on but it did lower about2 to 3 inches . Right now it is to cold to go out and put it back on.
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:25 AM
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Welcome to the forum. How lower does the rear need to be to get the stance you're after? Hard to make recommendations without that information.
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I installed a TCI lowering kit on my 56, it lowers it by 5 inches. I have 3 inches of clearance between the frame rails and axle and about the same from the pumpkin to the bed floor. I don't carry any other than my spare tire, luggage, groceries etc. I don't know what your intentions are regarding the use of your truck , if it is to use to haul loads as it was intended to from the factory you would likely need to notch the frame rails and raise the bed floor a couple inches. If it is used for basic cruising the way I have it is fine..

This is how it looks as regards to stance with a Heidts Superide 2 and TCI rear leaf spring kit..
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Wow that still sits up with a 5" drop . Don't get me wrong I love the stance of your truck John I just would have thought 5" would have been lower especially considering that your tire size does not appear real tall .
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29 inch tall tires on rear and 28 inch on front..
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I did an axle flip on the rear for a 5" drop.


I did a C-notch on the frame.

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Hey Smallello... I like the stance look on your F100 after your axle flip. Your chassis pic looks real clean and professionally done. Was your C notch done with some company's kit. I haven't found a co. that lists a notch kit specifically made to follow the contours of the frame rails on my 53 F100. If you know of one I'd like to hear about them. Also did you retain the original 50's OEM axle or replace with a later model ? if so who's. I'm halfway thinking of looking for a Explorer axle assembly with disc's that some folks day fits good.? The Explorer wheel bolt dia pattern is said to be the same as my new Mustang 2 IFs, so one spare would suffice. Also what size wheels are on your F100 ?
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I used a schedule 40 4"pipe cut in half. I didn't want to remove the suspension when I made the notch. (I did jack it up and support the frame.) So I did it in steps. First I put the half pipe in the frame centered over the axle and welded it inside the frame. After that I cut the hole out inside the half pipe and welded the outside of the frame to the pipe. Then I welded the boxing plates in. I used 1/4" plated and cut them to fit. The 1/4" plate was maybe a little too heavy but it worked out ok. Could have use 3/8" plate instead. After the boxing plate was welded in I cutout the bottom part and welded it. You can see in the picture the pipe sticks out a little on the inside but is flush on the outside of the frame.

My rear axle is out of a 72 Torino.
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Thanks Smallello for sharing your axle flip info. Did your Torino axle width equal the same outer width dimension as the factory axle , and what about the leaf springs.. did you stay with the original truck springs or replace. Looks like you welded new spring saddle mounts to the torino axle. I've seen from some sites where they've removed some leafs from the original springs so that the rear wasn't so truck stiff ride. did you do that. also It's hard to see fom your pic if you have a rubber bump stop on frame to stop metal to metal impact when ravels on rough surfaces.
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I believe the Torino axle is the right width for our trucks. It was there when I got the truck and I also re-used the springs. A new spring perch was welded to the axle and the old ones were cut off.

I used bump stops like these inside the top of the C-notch. They're not very big but better than none.
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