It never ceases to amaze us just how many people put up with faults on their hot rods that they’d never accept on a daily driver. This is especially true of cars that have been updated with IFS or other modern components. Sure, if you’re running a beam front axle and split ’bones, for instance, there’s a certain degree of acceptance of ancient suspension geometry. On the other hand, it’s amazing how many cars are running around with a transplanted IFS that sits on the bumpstops, doesn’t afford a decent turning circle without the tires rubbing the fenders, or bad geometry. Many of these cars were built years ago, with owners or subsequent owners continually putting up with the shortcomings.

Leaveil Degree found himself in just such a position with an extremely nice ’36 three-window he’d bought. Already fitted with a Mustang II based IFS crossmember and tubular lower control arms, to achieve the low ride height desired the builder had cut the coil springs so the coupe looked good. Trouble is, it didn’t ride good. Sure, it went down the road well enough, but the control arms were far from level, putting the ball joints at an angle before any suspension movement occurred, the shocks were bottoming out, and it hit the bumpstops with alarming regularity.

We’d been chatting with our buddy Kiwi Steve Davies at Kiwi Steve’s Hot Rod Shop about this problem recently, and he mentioned he rectifies roughly one rod every month with this problem. If that’s just amongst his customers, there must be hundreds of cars out there suffering the same issues, so we arranged to come by his shop the next time such a car came in. Degree kindly allowed us to photograph his ’36 during the transformation.

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SOURCE
Classic Performance Products
378 E Orangethorpe Ave.
Placentia
CA  92870
800-830-1724
http://www.classicperf.com
Kiwi Steve’s Hot Rod Shop
714-671-9454
www.kiwisteveshotrodshop.com
Heidts Automotive
800 Oakwood Road
Lake Zurich
IL  60047
800-841-8188
www.heidts.com