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72 Conv Front End Replacement
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tach 
Hello,  

Getting my 72 back on the road (after sitting 25 years in my garageSad and looking to replace the front suspension.  Looking for a stock setup, nothing performance.  Looking to replace with a kit, upper/lower control arms, ball joints, shocks, maybe coil spring, etc.   Does anyone have a suggestion on a kit or should I purchase separately?  

Thanks, 

Tony
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I always prefer to use MOOG products.  I usually use O'Rielly Auto Parts.
I figure just see who has the best price.  

Can I ask why you want to replace it all?  If the ball joints and bushings are not worn out why go through the expense and the need to re-align.

kcmash
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when i did my '66 fairlane i got a master kit on ebay from a seller in new jersey. don't recall name i'll see if i can fine it. the kit was very good and i had an issue with the right steering arm end. turns out someone changed to '67 on that item. called and he replaced it no problems. of course i sent back the one not used..
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(04-19-2019, 08:27 PM)kcmash Wrote: I always prefer to use MOOG products.  I usually use O'Rielly Auto Parts.
I figure just see who has the best price.  

Can I ask why you want to replace it all?  If the ball joints and bushings are not worn out why go through the expense and the need to re-align.

kcmash
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#5
Thanks for the input. If I can replace the worn rubber, etc as needed that's a great idea. I've had the car since almost new (1975) and now having it running again and stopping. The front end never damaged, just old. I can't remember but probably all original except for the shocks. The ride is pretty rough and sloppy, some of this is due to a worn steering box.

Tony
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#6
Rock Auto is your best bet for 90% of what you need. You want to get the Moog brand parts as much as possible, they tend to be the highest quality. There are lots of places that will advertise a "kit", at attractive prices, bu the quality of the parts tends to be so-so. Since you have owned the car since '75, you know what has or hasn't been done, so I think you're on the right track to just refresh the entire front suspension. Don't forget to replace the spring saddles, idler arm and pitman arm as well. You may need to get the idler and saddles from a Mustang parts supply house, as Rock doesn't show the p/s version, or you can replace the bushings yourself.

Definitely have the steering box rebuilt, this company does the Saginaw 800 boxes that are in our cars. They also do a fast ratio conversion if you want to quicken the steering up.

http://www.powersteering.com


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Thank-you thank-you !! Best thing I've done so far is to join this group.
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#8
I would also check the pitman arm. A lot of slop in your steering could be from this being worn out and the steering box may be fine.

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Rock Auto and Moog. I redid my entire front end using them.

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My Mach 1 sat 37 years on dirt so I replace the lowers that I got from NPD. They were Drake and do look exactly like the originals. I had not time to clean up. I got MOOG u- joints and they were made in Mexico so do not expect US made from MOOG. If the tie rods are good you can get new boots at about any parts house cheap.
If you do the upper arms be careful with the coil springs. Most parts houses like Advance will rent you for free the compressor you will need to take the springs out. Not difficult just be safe. The sway bar bushings are usually gone also.
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