• To ALL forum users - As of late I have been getting quite a few private messages with questions about build ups here on the forum, or tech questions about your personal project. While I appreciate the interest, sending me a private message about these topics distracts from, and undermines the purpose of having a forum here. During the day I wear many hats as a small business owner-operator and I work tirelessly to provide the absolute best service possible to you, our valued customer. When I created this forum I rounded up some of the best minds I knew so that any tech question you might have could be asked and answered by either myself or one of my highly experienced moderators, this way the next time this same question is asked the answer can be easily found and utilized by the next IH enthusiast having the same question. This allows me the freedom to run the day to day operations of the business and minimize the impact to shipments and shop activities that these distractions can cause. It is of the up most importance for me to complete the daily tasks in order to best take care of you our customer, all the while providing you a forum to get the level advice and input you have come to expect and deserve from the premier IH shop in the country.

    So with that I ask that anyone with a question about one of our build ups or a general tech question to please use the forum as it was intended. I am absolutely available by telephone to answer your questions as well but at times may direct you back to our website to better field your question or questions. Most other private messages I will be glad to answer for you.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Jeff Ismail

Sprung weight suspension set up


I am finalizing the pinion angles, spring perch locations and front shackle positions for reverse shackle installation. Everything I read refers to the entire truck being together with the total weight loaded on the springs. However, I'm NOT in position to do that now. BUT - I want to drill the frame, final paint it and begin building. I'm doing a rotisserie restoration and the Scout is in pieces, no where near ready to assemble.

As I understand the need for total sprung weight to determine most of these location, why can't I achieve that by strategically loading the tub with what would amount to the curb weight of the truck? Alcan Spring build the leafs with a front load of 2000# =/-, and a rear load of 2200#=/-.

I have calculated an estimated weight of 4035 as seen on the attached photo. When scaled out, I have a total weight of 4077. I did add 360# to the front bring the total there to 2005#. I have lightened the rear to 2252#. I am satisfied with the rear shackle angle and the loaded spring arch. The location of the reverse shackle drilling point appears close to the pictures I have seen here.

Is there any reason this method will not provide accurate locations and angles? Please provide any input you can. What say ye, Scoutboy 74????