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Old 08-06-2012, 05:36 PM
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Congrat's on the "new" purchase Kirk!!

'58s are a rare year, they are the only ones with the coil spring rear suspension system too....

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Congrat's on the "new" purchase Kirk!!

'58s are a rare year, they are the only ones with the coil spring rear suspension system too....

-Jon in TX.

Which is really cool, but also a curse (sorry was talking about the coil spring rear end)......There is more to the rear end difference than just coils, it also has a kind of four link truck arm type of deal going on under there.

I have offered our other two squarebirds up for sale, had people come out and look at them, and they all want to buy the 58.....

But I am very loyal to the 58, it was my first tbird in the group, I love the grill and in a way, my dad gave it to me....

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Yes, PCV setup is a must.

Dual shocks?!?! Wow, I'll have to get under and look. I was just about to order new shocks. KYB Excel-Gs to be exact. Would a single pair be fine with the cut coils?
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Yes, PCV setup is a must.

Dual shocks?!?! Wow, I'll have to get under and look. I was just about to order new shocks. KYB Excel-Gs to be exact. Would a single pair be fine with the cut coils?
Well, we are running a single pair of GR2s up front with cut coils, and the better KYB gas adjusts in the back. I don't normally buy the GR2s, can't remember why I went with them, but I wouldn't choose them again. They are softer and the cheapest shocks from KYB.

I would run the higher level shocks that KYB makes if I did it over.

We ran the shock in the aft location, that was what was on the car when I started. I didn't even notice the dual option till I had about finished rebuilding the whole front end.

Basically you can run both, or run the aft location like I am, or run the shock inside the spring like a typical lower/upper a arm setup.

I don't remember know how much I cut from the springs up front. But, I never cut off more than one coil to start.

Here is the car after I rebuilt the front end but before I cut the spings(you can see why I cut them).


Here is the location of the GR2s and the Willwood brakes we ran.


And here is sadly the best photo I have taken of her yet. Lowered and sitting on 17" Mustang Wheels.
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Hi Kirk! Great story and great looking Tbird! I enjoyed reading about how you got her and her condition. She looks really good and thanks for posting the pix. If you need additional information or help with your '58, check out the Technical Resource Library (TRL) which is always a part of my signature element.
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