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I'm going to install a set of air shocks on the rear and see how that works out. I did have the rear leaf springs rebuilt and rearched, but the rear of the car still seems to sit a little low. When I get them installed, I let you guys know how it all worked out.
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When I've had a similar issue I have asked the spring-maker to include an extra leaf under the main one when getting them re-set - it stops the bum from sagging and gives a firmer ride.

Air-shocks are a 'patch-up'.
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my car sits lower in the front primarily because the front tires are 26" diameter, and the rear tires are 28". Plus, there is a heavy 460 under the hood. My leaf springs in the back were "stock" units from McVeigh's Truck Springs. They have an ebay store, and the price was very fair.

The Lakewood bars don't add anything to the ride height; that's not their purpose. What they do is prevent horrible wheel-hop when removing rubber from the rear tires.
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my 60 non AC has springs with a yellow stripe. I think it sits to high in the front
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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!



Thanks Greg, that helps me understand a little better.


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Looks like Kanter won't guarantee that any bushings are made in the USA. The guy basically said that you get what you get. Not super helpful...ill keep looking!!
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I'm just glad that there are ANY parts available for these old cars.

But maybe if people start asking for U.S.-made parts....maybe that part of the business will change...
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I'm just glad that there are ANY parts available for these old cars...
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A squarebird friend changed his motor mounts about 2 years ago, with mounts made in India, and he now had to change them again because they cracked and failed. I have heard some others also say they have had problems with rubber items from India. If I could find U.S. products, I would definitely spend the extra $$ as I'm getting to old for reworks.
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Have you tried contacting RockAuto parts. They show Raybestos and also AC Delco available for the 1960 Bird. They also have a "service" and "professional" grade bushing available. May be worth a phone call and see what they say.
I'm also checking with a friend that found U.S. bushings for his car after the India bushings failed in less than 2 years.
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I was looking over the parts I got in the Kanter kit and the strut bushing are stamped made in the USA by Ramcoa. http://ramcoa.com/ there website only shows the strut bushings for our Tbirds. you might call them for info...

There are no point of origin marks on any of the other bushings. The inner tie rod has a sticker on the package made in Argentina
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A friend of mine suggested that if you want U.S. parts, check out Rareparts.com. I have never used them and just checked out their site. They do have parts listed for the Squarebirds, but they seem a little pricey. It might be worth the extra cost to get good parts, if you consider the labor and alignment costs of doing your front end. I would definitely contact them and talk one to one about their parts prior to purchase. I have never used Rareparts.com so if anyone does contact them, give us some feedback. We're always looking for a reliable supplier of parts.
Just as a side note, they list the front springs for the 430 engine, but not the 352. Hmmm?
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