Having Fun with Custom Panels
Words and Photos by Devan Ence
We all strive to build a truck with its own attitude. A fast way to make that adjustment is by installing a set of John Rods Drop Beams. John put a lot of thought into modifying the original beams that came with these trucks to get the perfect 4 1/2-inch drop up front.
Now, you might be thinking this could be a really challenging install. However, it can be done in a few hours in a shop with all the proper tools or in your driveway over a long weekend with some friends.
The steps below take you through the process of installing a set of the John Rods Drop Beams on a 1974 F-100. When doing the install on trucks from different years, you may come across a few differences, but all-in-all, these steps will make your install go smoothly.