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Leaf Springs
#1
Hello,

       Almost done installing new OEM leaf springs in my 73 convertible, standard ride and spring rate.  Car had original leaf springs.  Couple areas I have questions on. 1. All the instructions I could find advised to hand tighten all the nuts except the two shackle nuts on each side in the rear and then put the car on the ground to let the suspension settle ... then torque all the nuts with the car on the ground.  I tightened the shakle nuts to their correct tightness before putting car on the ground.  Does this sound correct ?  

2.  When I put the car on the ground I noticed that the right rear appeared noticably lower than the left rear, not level.  What would cause this ?  Does the car need to be drive to let the suspension settle into place ?  All the shocks and all the front end suspension pieces are new and professionaly installed.  The leaf springs were the last suspension items to be installed. 

3.  Would anyone have a need for an original set of Ford leaf springs for their restoration. I believe you can have them recurved, otherwise I guess I will take them to a scrap yard.  Any info. would be greatly appreciated .... thanks !
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#2
When I did the leafs in my car, it took a little while for everything to level out, my drivers side was a little low. I too tightened everything per spec while the car was on stands and have had no issues. I would give it a little time and see what happens. Good luck!
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(10-10-2017, 06:57 AM)Omie01 Wrote: When I did the leafs in my car, it took a little while for everything to level out, my drivers side was a little low. I too tightened everything per spec while the car was on stands and have had no issues. I would give it a little time and see what happens. Good luck!

Thanks for the response !
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(10-10-2017, 07:02 AM)naa10104 Wrote:
(10-10-2017, 06:57 AM)Omie01 Wrote: When I did the leafs in my car, it took a little while for everything to level out, my drivers side was a little low. I too tightened everything per spec while the car was on stands and have had no issues. I would give it a little time and see what happens. Good luck!

Thanks for the response !

Hello,

Does anyone have a good photo of how the original rear suspension set up on my car should look ?  Especially the spring clip brakets that hold the bottom end of the shock and spring clips.  Thanks


Stegve
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#5
don't forget to re  torque after i think about 60 miles
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#6
(10-10-2017, 07:49 AM)naa10104 Wrote:
(10-10-2017, 07:02 AM)naa10104 Wrote:
(10-10-2017, 06:57 AM)Omie01 Wrote: When I did the leafs in my car, it took a little while for everything to level out, my drivers side was a little low. I too tightened everything per spec while the car was on stands and have had no issues. I would give it a little time and see what happens. Good luck!

Thanks for the response !

Hello,

Does anyone have a good photo of how the original rear suspension set up on my car should look ?  Especially the spring clip brakets that hold the bottom end of the shock and spring clips.  Thanks


Stegve
You have lost me on the spring clips? Is your car a staggered shock with rear sway bar or just the standard? I have a 48,000 mile 73 vert but shocks have been changed.

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#7
This should help. Pictures given to me of a unrestored very low mileage 73 vert 351C car.

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1973 H Code Convertible - Medium Copper Metalic - A June 8, 1973, Built Ford Marketing Sales Vehicle
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(10-10-2017, 09:01 AM)Carolina_Mountain_Mustangs Wrote:
(10-10-2017, 07:49 AM)naa10104 Wrote:
(10-10-2017, 07:02 AM)naa10104 Wrote: Thanks for the response !

Hello,

Does anyone have a good photo of how the original rear suspension set up on my car should look ?  Especially the spring clip brakets that hold the bottom end of the shock and spring clips.  Thanks


Stegve
You have lost me on the spring clips? Is your car a staggered shock with rear sway bar or just the standard? I have a 48,000 mile 73 vert but shocks have been changed.
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#9
Hello,

Standard 73 convertible, no sway bar ...shocks are both forward of the rear axle and mount to the bracket under the axle that also has the ubolts attached to it. Thanks
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(10-10-2017, 09:26 AM)rackerm Wrote: This should help. Pictures given to me of a unrestored very low mileage 73 vert 351C car.

[Image: 1973_ford_mustang_shock_plate_u_bolt.jpg]

[Image: 1973_ford_mustang_shock.jpg]

[Image: 090212_313.jpg]

[Image: 090212_325.jpg]

[Image: 090212_328.jpg]

[Image: 090212_355.jpg]
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