My '55 Chevy Half-Ton, Converted to 4x4....

Gettin' It Back On The Road, Page 6:

Have had it on the road for awhile. I knew when I designed the cross steering setup that there would be a problem on the right side where the drag link crosses between the leaf spring and the frame. As the drag link on that side would articulate with the axle movement, and the clearance was less than the amount of allowed axle travel, well sure enough, on hard bumps, the drag link touches the frame. So the frame had to be notched and reinforced on that side to give complete clearance....

Marked off where I wanted the notch with masking tape and a marking pen. Ran the steering from side to side and looked at where I wanted to make the cuts, then made the first cut, now I am committed ......

Finished making the cuts, here's three views. I had to cut a little into the cross member to get the clearance I wanted....

Shows full right turn, where the clearance was the most critical....

Made some cardboard templates, and cut the reinforcing pieces out of some 3/16" plate I had, probably overkill, but it will be just fine....

This pix is the worst case, a full right turn, with the caster the right side steering arm ball joint climbs when turning in that direction, and the drag link comes the closest to the frame, so this was the critical area. The clearance is good!

Grinding it smooth and getting it looking good....

Some fresh paint and we are good to go....

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