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RB's bolt in mustang II IFS for '49 to '54 Chevys

Some owners like their projects to sit lower in the back than the front. Others like a slight rake. But, no matter where a custom's rear needs to sit, the front will always need to come down a whole bunch.

One way for '49-54 Chevy owners to accomplish this is to use a bolt-in front suspension mounting kit from RB's Obsolete Automotive, Inc. These kits get the front down while improving the ride, steering effort, handling, and breaking. No buckboard rides from cut coils today. These kits provide highway proven dependability and strength with proper suspension geometry for good handling.

To do this, RB's front suspension kits are designed to mount popular Mustang II suspension components featuring power rack-and-pinion steering and disc brakes. And, these kits accomplish the lowering job at the front of the car without using expensive dropped spindles.

These photos were shot at Kimbridge Automotive in Clearview, Washington. Gary Becktold and his crew were installing a complete RB's suspension package on this '53 Chevy hardtop. The body was done but the original chassis had not been touched. The owner wanted to use an RB's kit because it is easy to install and it works well with RB's rear suspension, power brakes, motor mounts, and trans crossmember kit.

The kit consists of the Front Crossmember, right & left Upper Spring Pocket/Upper Control Arm Mounting "Hats," right and left Strut Rod Brackets, Mounting Hole Template, and the necessary nuts and bolts to mount the components to your frame.

Installation of the kit required the usual hand tools. We used a grinding disk, a center punch, and drill motor with an assortment of drill bits to remove the rivet heads and to drill the holes to bolt the components to the frame. We also needed several clamps for attaching the template, and several wrenches for installing the components in the kit. Since we had to bend our strut rod we also needed access to an acetylene torch.

As you will see, there are no high end tools and no difficult procedures to follow. It's the kind of project that most hobbyists, with basic mechanical skills, can accomplish in their own garage. If you're a do-it-yourselfer, this is good news.

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