When I was a kid, we had laws governing the distance the undercarriage of a car could be from the road. It could be as high as you wanted, but the rear end gearbox had to be at least X number of inches from the road surface. Cops, stopping hot rodders, would sometimes measure the distance and if it did not pass, the driver with ticketed.
I spotted a perfectly good looking small truck yesterday that was so low to the ground that the rear bumper cleared the road by around 3 inches. The whole body had been lowered, with the front marginally higher.
Previously I watched a really low car creep into a parking lot because the underside scraped on the small incline.
I’ve seen cars not so drastically low, but much lower than when built, scrape over rail road tracks, bottom out leaving parking lots at slow speeds and banging off of irregular spots in the roadway.
What happened to this law? Someone, when I was a teen, told me that the gear box had to be X number of inches from the road for safety and in case someone got run over, they would not get chewed up by it but pass under the thing.
These lowboys irritate me anyhow, because why take a perfectly great truck, remove all of the suspension and drop it down so low that you can’t carry anything and have to creep through mud puddles and up parking lot ramps for fear of bottoming out?