Except for the changes described above for this group, the 1956 specifications remain the same as in 1955 for all series.
7-2 FRONT END SUSPENSION
For improved directional stability, the king pin inclination has been changed from zero degrees to seven degrees. The steering arms used are the same as those on the 1955 model except the ends have been raised 1/4 inch. This allows the steering linkage to understeer slightly. This results in an improved feel of stability and control. See Figure 7-1.
7-3 RADIUS ROD
The radius rod length has been increased approximately eight inches on all 1956 models. This has improved the geometry of the rear suspension system.
7-4 REAR SHOCK ABSORBERS
In order to provide an improvement in control and a softer ride reaction, direct acting shock absorbers have been installed on all series for 1956. See Fig. 7-2.
With direct acting shock absorbers, direct connection to the rear spring cross member is possible, thereby producing a more positive rear shock absorber action. They are identical to the front shock absorber except that they are longer, and have two mounting eyes, one at the top and the other at the bottom. A better cushioned control results, because the absorbers displace an increased amount of fluid compared to the 1955 rear shock absorbers.