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Front Suspension Rebuild on my 71
#11
interesting thoughts guys.

When changing out the control arms, will I need a spring compressor?

I'm trying to make a list of parts. Here is what I have so far

Upper control arms
lower control arms
Strut bushings
Sway bar bushings
Sway bar end links
Shocks


anything else I might need? caster/camber bolt?
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#12
You may want to check condition of the front springs. You will need a spring compressor for this job whether you replace springs or not as you have to remove them to do the LCA's and UCA's. I would go with new spring perches.

Below is a link to the spring compressor I purchased. It is the only actual safe way to get the springs out. I have almost had my head taken off by a spring that popped out when the stupid finger type spring compressor let loose.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/66-71-Fairlane-...:rk:2:pf:0

'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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#13
Those are the safest and best type to use. The external type with the fingers that hook on the spring coils are widowmakers.

You can also build your own
http://dazecars.com/dazed/spring.html



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#14
runninpony 
I would go with polyurethane roller spring perches!

71-73 Mustangs never die, they just go faster!
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#15
so how exactly does this thing work? Is there a video on you tube for it?


[Image: spring-compressor.jpg]
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#16
it comes with directions it was simple and safe. uses the actual spring perch to compress the spring.

'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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#17
ok so I see the abbreviated instructions on the item description. Looks like a great tool. I will add that to my list.
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#18
Yes. the two at the bottom attach to the spring perch.

'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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#19
So any preferences on roller spring perches?

I found these at Virginia classic mustang for $200. Seems kind of pricey.

http://www.virginiaclassicmustang.com/65...67809.aspx


[Image: spring-perches.jpg]

I also saw that there are roller upper and lower control arms. I suppose those would be a good upgrade option as well for the same reasons. Less effort required to move the suspension giving a more responsive ride.

http://opentrackerracing.com/product/tra...3-mustang/

http://opentrackerracing.com/product/dra...3-mustang/
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#20
Depends. Are you racing your car? My car handles fantastic with all stock style parts except a larger front sway bar, the boxed lower LCA's, and a slightly heavier front spring lowered 1".

'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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