I have had my ’68 Ford F-100 for more than a decade and as the editor of Street Chopper magazine, this truck has hauled a lot of Harleys. When the stock suspension was finally on its last legs, I had some decision making to do. I wanted the truck to have a much lower stance so I could easily get 600-plus-pound bikes loaded without the use of a long and sketchy ramp and a couple of half-drunk buddies.

As the ’67-’72 Ford trucks have risen in popularity with custom truckers, getting them in the weeds has been the topic of many discussions. Most want a quick solution, which isn’t the easiest thing to achieve with Ford’s Twin I-beam design. Only a few companies make dropped beams and to tell you the truth, they simply don’t give enough drops for what I was looking for. I already decided on doing a ground-scraping four-bar Ride Tech set up out back (which will be in an upcoming issue) so I can just basically ride my hog right into the bed all by my lonesome.

After much mental debate, I decided I was going to ditch the I-beam route all together and use one of Fatman Fabrication’s Stage III IFS kits. The kit from Fatman comes with polished stainless steel control arms and adjustable-rate QA1 Shocks, which allow easy fine-tuning of the ride height and a superior ride over monotube shocks. The kit comes complete with all the brackets, tabs, and hardware necessary to give this Bumpside Effie better ground control and a more preferable stance.

While we had the truck torn down, I added a Fatman front sway bar to gain some stabilization for the big beast. We also upgraded to a set of trick billet hubs and disc brakes from our friends at Engineered Components Inc. so we know darn well my Harley hauler will stop no matter how much payload we have out back.

So grab a coldie, sit back, and follow along as we do a tip-to-tail install on the front of my ’68 F-100. CCT