Lowering Twin I-Beams


How would you lower a 1965 ford 12-ton short wheel base pick up with the Twin I-Beam front suspension? Also, can you add power steering to this truck?


There are a few options to lower the front end of your F100. The easiest way to lower it would be to install drop axles like those made by DJM suspensions (djmsuspension.com). Your next option would be to remove the I-Beam front suspension and convert to one of many front suspension systems for hot rods. However, you’ll need to be prepared to do a fair amount of welding and fabrication.

Yes, you can add power steering to your truck. The most common way to get the job done is to use the components from a 1970–79 F100. The steering box should bolt up; however you may need to transfer the steering column or make modifications (shorten) to your column to get everything to bolt up.

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5 Responses to “Lowering Twin I-Beams”

  1. Rob Ernst

    It would be easier to body swap the cab and bed onto a Crown Vic chassis than it is to swap the Crown Vic front suspension. You also get A/C, Power Steering, power 4 wheel disc brakes, lowered stance and OBD II engine diagnosis! You ALSO get more power AND better fuel economy.

  2. Graham McDonald

    I have a 65 f100 and used a replacement I beam from 'Dream Beams' . Works perfectly and keeps front geometry ferfect.

  3. Sean Tutorow

    How big of a job would it be to swap out and go with an 2003 crown vic front end?

  4. Ron thompson

    Send me your link to sign up after work for a reminder!THANKS Ron

  5. Mike Boyajian

    Take care when changing steering components or adding power steering to the Twin-I Beam front end to avoid bump steer. Tie rod pivot points should match suspension pivots to prevent the front wheels from wandering left or right as the vehicles traverses bumps or as the body rolls to one side or another when steering. Usually, pre-engineered kits have this figured out, but be cautious. Good luck on your project! Mike