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  • #31
    Thanks guys! Ive been a little distracted with the engine these past few weeks. This 429 is coming along nicely


    I've yet to call Rock Auto about these bushings but I think I'll go with a Kanter Kit....I see what you guys are saying about USA made bushings but I'm not sure how much more expensive it will be if I build a kit myself from a particular site.

    Anyone build their own front suspension package??

    Another question I have is about springs. What would lead me to believe that I need new front springs and such?

    Thanks again guys,

    David
    1960 Thunderbird
    429 TJ
    C6 Tranny
    Under Construction

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    • #32
      If you are an engine builder, you already know the difference between using old valve springs and new ones.

      Front coil springs in your suspension work the same way.
      I suggest you buy quality rubber bushings and new front coil springs. Your car will ride like it did when new. Follow your Service Manual instructions to the letter. - Dave
      My latest project:
      CLICK HERE to see my custom hydraulic roller 390 FE build.

      "We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
      --Lee Iacocca

      From: Royal Oak, Michigan

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      • #33
        This is the last piece of the puzzle that I need than I can rebuild my front end.

        Made in the USA $15.00 cheaper than the lowest price found amongst the TBird parts house's.

        Coil Springs Front 1 MC1442 $ 169.95 $ 169.95

        MC1442, have a free height of 15.5 inches.

        Install Kit Front 2 ES6053 $ 9.95 $ 19.90 = coil spring insulators

        www.eatondetroitspring.com
        Yellow98Cobra
        1960 Thunderbird HT
        Data plt# 63A Z 56 15 H 3 4
        There are 4 pictures of her here, plus a couple of my namesake.
        http://squarebirds.org/yellow98cobra/resized/

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        • #34
          [QUOTE=newbird59;83591]Ok guys,

          Looks like I have the same as yellow98cobra. Black with a yellow strip. Everything is super dirty....I have to figure out what to clean the parts with. I'm calling to see about the rebuild kit tomorrow. We will find out really quick who will supply U.S. bushings. Stay tuned!

          I just went and dug out the coil springs off of the 59 it has the yellow stripe. 352 auto w/factory air.

          Dave, I removed the springs with a coil spring compressor. Didn't know you weren't supposed to use one.
          Keith
          Sedalia, Mo.
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          CLICK HERE for Keith's web site

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          • #35
            Originally posted by keith View Post
            ...Dave, I removed the springs with a coil spring compressor. Didn't know you weren't supposed to use one.
            Keith, how on earth did you get a spring compressor in there??? There just isn't any room.
            Originally posted by simplyconnected View Post
            ...Follow your Service Manual instructions to the letter. - Dave
            My latest project:
            CLICK HERE to see my custom hydraulic roller 390 FE build.

            "We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
            --Lee Iacocca

            From: Royal Oak, Michigan

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            • #36
              Originally posted by simplyconnected View Post
              Keith, how on earth did you get a spring compressor in there??? There just isn't any room.
              Lucky.... I guess.
              Keith
              Sedalia, Mo.
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              CLICK HERE for Keith's web site

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              • #37
                If Rockauto carries American you'll save a bunch of money. They stock a lot of parts too.

                Dave J

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                • #38
                  suspension

                  Hi guys
                  Has anyone out there put in a Mustang 2 front end? i know a guy who put in a rear but am wondering about a front, concerning handling versus less leaking?
                  thanks for any advice

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                  • #39
                    Squarebird front ends are much stronger than Mustang's, and they have very long double "A" arms (that Mustang could only wish for). To retrofit, would be a step in the wrong direction.

                    Mustang front ends use "K" arms above the engine for strength that Squarebirds don't need because the #2 crossmember on a SB is much stronger.

                    We've considered this before and have concluded that Squarebirds are much heavier and there has never been the slightest dis-satisfaction from the front end's engineering or performance. - Dave
                    My latest project:
                    CLICK HERE to see my custom hydraulic roller 390 FE build.

                    "We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
                    --Lee Iacocca

                    From: Royal Oak, Michigan

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                    • #40
                      thanks

                      thanks for info-was wondering why I never see it ! guess I'll just stick with re-building original

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