Part 2: Suspension & Steering Made Easy
The Dumpster is my '65 Dodge M37 project truck named after its ugly looks and treasure trove of goodies hidden inside. Showing how to swap in a complete drivetrain and build a suspension no matter what vehicle you start with is the goal of this truck. I'm sure many of you won't be building M37s, but many of the steps apply to your own custom wheeler. In the end I should have a great riding on- and off-road machine that can drive cross-country or across the countryside while keeping the ugly old truck patina it earned over the past 45 years.
In our March issue I started the front link suspension and followed up on the GMC 6.0L truck V-8 engine we're installing at Pacific Fabrication in Morgan Hill, California (see this story online in the Project Trucks section of 4wheeloffroad.com). This month I'll go into further detail of getting the front suspension and steering to fit whether the suspension is at full droop, ride height, articulated, or completely compressed after coming off a too-much-throttle/not-enough-brains jump.
Come back in a few months when I'll show you more of our geartrain, which should stuff plenty of options (and shifters) within reach of the driver's seat, and how to correctly install rear leaf springs.