Back in High School, my Dad and Uncle went together and bought me my first truck, a 1970 Ford F-100. We bought it from the original owner, a farmer that live north east of town. My Pa and I spent a great deal of time working on it. We repaired it so that it was a good reliable vehicle and also did all of the body work and painted it.
My Pa is a very skilled mechanic and auto body guy. He's taught me almost every thing I know about cars and engines. He gave me my first motor when I was about 14. It was a 283 Chevy in non running condition that was pulled from his 1928 Model A 2-Door sedan, which I currently have sitting out on the farm.
Anyway, shortly after we got it back together and working just great, I decided it was just sitting WAY too high. So, I went ahead and lowered it 6 inches by modifying the stock I-beams as you couldn't buy them back then. After driving it like that for a while, I came to the realization that my suspension modification likely wasn't the safest. I went back to the drawing board and decided to use the stock suspension components and "simply" raise the crossmember up to allow for the lowering that I wanted. This was about as far as I got as I returned to University to start my Engineering education.
So, the truck sat back in my home town for about the last 10 years. This summer my Pa and I made the treck back to Oxbow to pick up the truck and drag it back to Calgary and plunk it down in my brand new 24' x 24' shop. It's been sitting there for about the last month, I've been working on establishing the exact ride height that I want. I'm going to be building the chassis from scratch primarily out of 2" x 4" steel tubing, utilizing a Heidt's Mustang II front suspension and a triagulated 4 link in the rear.
I plan to chronicle the events of the next five years of building right here on this page, so keep checking back to see how I'm making out.