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Rear suspension "mini project"
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    Rear suspension "mini project"

    Well, after a bumpy start, the rear suspension mini project is underway. I'll post a few "before" pics now. We've got the driver's side leaf springs replaced but I forgot to take pics, so they'll be up soon.



    .jpg  Left rear susp before.JPG (Size: 59.31 KB / Downloads: 138)

    Here's the other side.


    .jpg  Right rear susp before.JPG (Size: 61.59 KB / Downloads: 139)

    The rear diff is on the project list, along with new gears as some point.


    .jpg  Leaky rear diff waiting for its turn.JPG (Size: 55.34 KB / Downloads: 137)


    Next on the list, though, is pulling and rebuilding the heads, and bolting on some induction and exhaust performance enhancements.


    I really liked the rake (although too radical) while the 'vert was on the lift. I talked to the shop teacher, and we might put the new leaf springs into the press and bend them a bit, after we see how she looks with the new rear suspension parts.


    .jpg  Radical rake on the lift.JPG (Size: 60 KB / Downloads: 139)

    Should have the rear suspension finished in a few days, then on to the motor (finally)!

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      RE: Rear suspension "mini project"

      I like the way it sits. good looking mustang.
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        RE: Rear suspension "mini project"

        wahoo progress
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          RE: Rear suspension "mini project"

          If you're gonna leave that much rake, you should tub it and fill the voids with some 33x18.00 Mickey Thompson Sportsmans wrapped around some 15x12 Centerlines. LOL!!

          Can't wait to see the new pics up under there.
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            RE: Rear suspension "mini project"

            that rear should settle down a little once on the road.

            looks like your pumpkins got a little leak ;P

            good progress keep it up.
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              RE: Rear suspension "mini project"

              (10-30-2010 06:27 PM)Mister 4x4 Wrote:  If you're gonna leave that much rake, you should tub it and fill the voids with some 33x18.00 Mickey Thompson Sportsmans wrapped around some 15x12 Centerlines. LOL!!

              Can't wait to see the new pics up under there.

              I'd love to squeeze some Mickey T's and Centerlines in there. The wife says we have to make our mortgage payment instead. Big Grin

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              (10-30-2010 09:11 PM)72HCODE Wrote:  that rear should settle down a little once on the road.

              looks like your pumpkins got a little leak ;P

              good progress keep it up.

              Thanks. Ya, I'm gonna have to tear into the pumpkin after I do some motor work. I need to start asking around for 3.23 gears, and get a plan together. More to come...

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              .jpg  Left rear leaf spring after.JPG (Size: 59.79 KB / Downloads: 87)

              That's right, new rear leaf springs. Incredible, or what?


              .jpg  Right rear leaf spring progress.JPG (Size: 57.75 KB / Downloads: 88)

              The hardest part was pulling the top leaf spring rubber bushing out. It had turned into rubbermetal and was rubberwelded into the socket that holds the bushing. Finally got it out with a hammer, vise-grip, two small pry bars and half a can of penetrating oil. Still have most of my sanity left. Smile

              Anyway, progress. Shocks are next, and we'll call 'er good to go.

              Doc
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                RE: Rear suspension "mini project"

                Well, I got her home just in time for the rain to start. I am going to get some 0 - 60 times in today if it kills me. They predict a high of 42 tomorrow, with a low of 17, so time to get her in the garage and pull the heads.

                Forgot to take pics again, so just imagine bright black shiny leaf springs and gleaming shocks under it. I'm glad that this miini-project is finally done so I can actually do something that will MAKE THIS BABY GO FAST!

                I've owned her for a whole 3 months now, and if you can't tell, I'm chomping at the bit. Can't wait until Spring gets here. Smile

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                  If you look at the first pic above, then squint really hard while looking at the second pic, you can almost see it. Wink

                  Glad to hear you got it all back together, Doc. Have fun with the heads!
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                    RE: Rear suspension "mini project"

                    COOL everyone like to see progress
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                      RE: Rear suspension "mini project"

                      I came across the same problem with the leaf springs. That front bolt just did not want to come out. The angle grinder and two metal cutting discs later, it was out. Then it was off to the differential. Darn that thing is heavy.    

                      Now my back end is starting to look a bit naked. It's off to the yanking and grinding stage.    

                      Okay, up to know my ATDS (Attention To Detail Syndrome) has treated me pretty well. That was until I pull both of the rear shock plates out of the bags that I had them in and labeled so well drivers side and passengers side. Due to the stagered shock arrangement, they are labeled R and LS. Can I assume that LS is the Driver's side?
                         
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