So after 15 years or so, I have finally started driving my 1948 Ford F-1. It has one of your early cross member kits (Industrial Chassis Inc.) with 4 cylinder springs (uncut), Western Chassis drop spindles (as suggested by you) and retains the stock Dodge Dakota front sway bar (owner fabricated brackets). I also installed a rear parallel leaf spring kit from another manufacturer, who is no longer in business, and a rear sway bar out of a Chevy Blazer (owner fabricated brackets). The ride height is perfect for daily driving, not too low for obstacles, speed bumps and curbs. I am running a 1997 Dodge Dakota 5.2 liter (318 cu/in) Mpi motor with the 4 speed automatic overdrive transmission. The truck handles like it is on rails, I am very happy with the components that I have chosen and also with the quality and ease of installation that the kits provided by you (Industrial Chassis Inc.). As a side note, I have none of the bump steer issues that I have read about with some peoples installations of your product. I also have one of your hanging brake pedal kits in my truck.
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I also have a long running build up of a ’50 F-1 using an Industrial Chassis – Dakota crossmember. If you wouldn’t mind I have a few questions for you. What is the diameter of the front and rear sway bars. Did you install them both at the same time or did you drive the truck with only the front bar? I would like to end up with as good of handling truck as possible with limited body roll. I used the same donor vehicle but without any dropped spindles. Your truck looks great. Thanks for your assistance
I haven’t made any Dakota based kits for the F1 in a long time. And have not intention of doing anything further.
Trucks rarely need rear anti-sway bars. Fronts, unless you are building a track day car/truck, the stock bar will work just fine.