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Old 04-15-2013, 10:02 AM
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Default Air shocks - NO!

I have them on mine, and the ride is terrible - stiff and bouncy. That's why I posted this thread. A mechanic I know says he can insert a 1" aluminum block bolted to the body and through the rear leaf spring to raise it up some and put regular shocks on it to replace the air shocks. Any comments on this type of fix? I also found a supplier who has coil over shocks that have adjustable ride height, but not sure if this would be any better than air shocks. Otherwise, I'm leaning towards new leaf springs and shocks. Input would be appreciated.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:23 PM
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Default I installed new leaf springs from McVeighs...

I installed new leaf springs from McVeighs & Monroe shocks from Rock Auto.
The old leaf springs I removed had the shackles turned up inside and it set a lot lower. The manual doesnt really say how these should go. I called the mechanic I use and he said they should hang down. If anything the car maybe sitting to high now.
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They came from the factory with the shackles turned inside so the back sat lower.

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I had my springs completely rebuilt and re arched but the rear of the car still seems to be sitting low. I actually think this is common to the Squarebird. I have been looking around and there are air shocks available on Ebay for the Squarebird. I checked out he specs and the air shock total travel is a little less than specification, but I'm almost willing to try it. I have an air shock pump that I think I could modify and use. Anyone ever tried the air shocks on a Squarebird???
You could always use my approach, lower the front to give the car some rake to match the rear.

But then again, not all live my motto.... "Praise The Lowered"

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They came from the factory with the shackles turned inside so the back sat lower.

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do you have any pictures?
I searched and searched on here but could never find any pictures or any difinitive answer.
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I'll see if I can find a picture. My answer comes from owning about 50 squarebirds over the past 40+ years. I'm pretty sure I'm correct.

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Taken from the Ford Illustrations catalog.
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Thanks John, i see it now. If I go to switch that around will I have to completly remove the leaf springs to get it up there or simply remove or loosen a few bolts? Thanks Eric
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I was planning to do it on my '59 but haven't gotten around to it. Someone else on here did it and said you only have to remove the shackle and possibly the lower shock mount. I'm sure you have to put a jack under the body to keep it from dropping. Hopefully someone else who's done it can chime in.

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This is how I did it; but my '58 is a Franken-mobile that had '59-'60 leafs retrofitted onto it.


Support the rear of the car's body/frame with jackstands.

Leaf spring will have to be unbolted at the axle, and at the rear shackle. Also un-bolt the shock absorber. There is no reason to remove the leafs at the front end.

(only do one side at a time)

Reverse the shackle and then reattach.

Last thing left to do is to bolt the leafs to the axle. It may be necessary to use a floor jack to lift the spring up enough so that you can start the nuts on the U-bolts.

Also reattach the shock absorber.

How the car "sits" is a matter of personal preference. I like 'em raised a bit in the back!
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