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Re-installed the leaf springs and rear end today.
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That cleaned up nice.
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Greg they look great.
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Ever opened up this? It leads to those little air vents down by your feet.

Mine was full of filth.

The other side was about three times as bad. Any water getting in there wouldnt drain out real easily.

I'll close it back up after cleaning all the crud out....
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Can you imagineI would have never thought but you can be guaranteed, I will clean in the spring. Thanks for the thread.
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That photo was taken AFTER I had already scraped out some of the junk with my hand. While this side seems to have mostly large "pieces", the other side was full of like sand or silt. Again, no rust... but it is nasty in there.

My car is getting a new pair of those inner fender panels this winter. That is why I have them removed now.
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I assume this hole (in the photo, above the ball joint) is where the upper control arm bumper is supposed to be mounted. It almost looks like my car never had them? No evidence of them on either side. Just an empty hole on each upper control arm.

There is also a rubber "block" on the coil springs; linking two adjacent coils together. What is that for?
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I MIGHT be incorrect, but I'm thinking that large hole is where the original 2-peice front brake lines ran through.

That is the "optional" dual front shock absorber mount just below it.

As fas as the coil spring straps, it must have something to do with the spance of your Bird. Def not original...

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According to my '58 Shop Manual, the large hole (with purple in the background) is the access hole for removing the top nuts on the front shock absorbers; but those shock absorbers are long gone and apparently "no longer available" either.

My car now has shock absorbers inside the coil springs.

The 3/8" hole in the middle of the upper control arm HAS to be for the upper control arm bumper.

It seems odd that TWO brake hoses are needed on each front wheel, but I've got what appears to be all the original mounting brackets on these hoses.

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