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Steve, I'm sure you did yours right.
I bought two rear sway bars, one for the '59 Galaxie and the other for the '55. Your description of the instructions matched mine to a tee. including the brake line instruction... very vague and what you see is what you get.

I am lucky to have steel stock and fabrication tools. With my limited skills, sometimes I get lucky and things go together. Actually, I'm better at changing things than I am at initial design.

For our '59 mount (w/full frame), like your setup, mine also attaches toward the front. My frame looks like a cow belly so I'm sure anyone else would come up with a different scheme for mounting than I did, and they would both be ok.

The steel sleeve idea has been around forever. Most recently it was brought up by Anders, regarding his broken '58 upper axle arm (strut). I believe they simply cut a 1" hole through the frame and inserted a 1/2" (trade size) pipe, cut to exact length. The pipe is common schedule 40 steel, has no threads and welds easy. The idea is to give strength back to the frame by welding the pipe around the hole. The service bulletin says to grinding the ends smooth and then they use a square washer on each side that covers the pipe, so the bolt head and nut spreads tension over a large area. This fix is WAY stronger than originally assembled at the frame plant because it needs to be. The upper axle arm sees millions of heavy stress cycles each mile driven. Instead of fixing their axle problems, Ford threw the baby out with the bath water and reverted to leaf springs. Ford also dropped the 'air bag' suspension program for all car lines (including the '58 SB). Now, some folks are confused as to which front shock mount to use, so they use them both, which is a big mistake!

The entire Ford line of cars back then had an almost useless sway bar in the front and none in the back. Anyone who changes to a 1-1/8" diameter front bar and adds a rear bar will immediately feel a vast improvement in handling through corners, especially on interstate highway exit ramps, etc.

Keep up the good work, Steve. - Dave
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:10 AM
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Thank you for the great write up on the installation Brad! I think it will save me and others some time down the road, I never would have guessed that the fuel tank would have to be removed but it wouldn't be the first one I have pulled , thanks again, very much appreciated. Larry
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Default rear spring, axle set up on 59 thunderbird

Does anyone have a photo or can point me to a link that shows the rear chassis of a 59 thunderbird? I need to see how the springs tie into the frame or whatever they tie into. I have a picture from the rear of a 59 thunderbird up on a lift but you can't see where or how the front of the leaf springs attach to the car. Thanks if anyone can help.
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Here's a picture of how the leaf spring connects to the frame.

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Thank you so much for the picture. can I assume then that the springs are not parallel with each other? For them to run from that place on the body to the place next to the gas tank they would have to be at a slight angle rather then straight back and parallel to the rails that run next to the gas tank. Is this a correct assumption?

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Yes, they are at an angle as they go under the axle.

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Thanks, John for the second pic too. I think hopefully I have what I need now.
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I just have one more question, John. Did the 59 t-bird come with a rear anti sway bar from the factory and if so do you have a picture of that? Thanks for all your help.
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No, it did not have a rear anti sway bar from the factory. Some of our members have added them though.

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Default rear spring, axle set up on 59 thunderbird

There are just a few parts houses who have the heavy duty rear sway bar. The cheapest one I have seen advertised is for $204 and higher. I think those that do have them are ordering from Thunderbirds Southwest, from what I have read and they are being drop shipped from there. Contact Lance Harrington 979-249-4200 at Thunderbirds Southwest and ask what he is selling them for. From what I read, you must have the front sway bar on the car also. There is also a heavier duty front sway bar available. From what has been posted here on the Forum, the addition of the heavy duty sway bars, front and back makes for a terrific increase in rideability..

You are not that far from LaGrange, so you could drive there, pick it up and save on the shipping charges! Besides, if you have never been to Tbirds Southwest, you will enjoy seeing all the goodies that Lance has, plus have a very enjoyable conversation with him!
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