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`68 front suspension kit?

Discussion in 'Engine and Drivetrain/Mechanical' started by Joni, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. Joni

    Joni New Member

    Does anybody recognize this front kit? Best bet is that it was sold 10 to 15 years ago. It`s never been driven and last guy lost brake calipers, brackets, hardware...

    I`d like to get this back together but don't know where to start?

    Tänx
     

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  2. B67FSTB

    B67FSTB The NorCal dude from Belgium

    Don't remember seeing anything like this.
    Seems to me like something homebuilt by watching how the LCA looks like and the way the upper mount of the shock is.
     
  3. Horseplay

    Horseplay I Don't Care. Do you?

    More pics, please. I don't recognize it as a kit I have ever seen either. I'd like to see more pics and a video of it being moved throughout its range of motion too. If it is a home-built set-up I'd want to make sure the geometry of all is good before I'd trust it. Not that it looks hokey or anything from what I can see in that lone pic.

    If that is a stock spindle you can likely find lots of caliper brackets and calipers you could use.
     
  4. B67FSTB

    B67FSTB The NorCal dude from Belgium

    Isn't that a caliper bracket of a 68 -on mustang ?
     
  5. stangg

    stangg Active Member

    Junk those lower control arms. The strut rod should be solidly mounted to the lower control arm to form a solid "A"structure. The only pivot points should be at the frame mounts. That pivot point at the lower arm makes no sense.

    The open ends of the control arm tubes do make them look a bit amateurish.

    I vaguely recall a coil over setup that mounted the shock low in the tower ... but so long ago and don't remember details.
     
  6. Joni

    Joni New Member

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  7. Joni

    Joni New Member

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  8. SkidMark

    SkidMark Active Member

    And therein lies the problem with all these "restomods". Where are you going to find parts in the future when these companies are long gone? And what parts are they? Who made them? Stock parts will always be available.
     
  9. Horseplay

    Horseplay I Don't Care. Do you?

    Careful there, Mark. Suzuki, Saturn and Pontiac owners might want a word with you. :D

    It really depends on the modification and the supplier. I have little worry, for example, that Wilwood will be gone before I am. Same for many of the big name guys. It's those small outfits that show up on E-Bay that come and go you have to think about. Then again, look at the example of the OP's set-up. Worse case he has to go a new route. Most aftermarket stuff is designed to bolt in in stock chassis without modification. You can always go back. It's only money! lol
     
  10. stangg

    stangg Active Member

    Another issue with the lower control arm is the ball joint attachment. Since the vehicle load is now transmitted to the lower control arm, you should have ball joints that are captured within the arm, and not relying on two bolts in tension to hold your car up. Additionally, the stamped steel flange is likely to deform since it is not designed to retain that sort of load. Usually stamped steel enclosed ball joints are not used when there is a vertical load on the joint. Certainly not in tension.
     
  11. Joni

    Joni New Member

    Perhaps I just tare it down and go with another kit, any suggestions?
     
  12. Horseplay

    Horseplay I Don't Care. Do you?

    Before we make any suggestions on suspension, what is the goal with this car? Be realistic. Unless you will be regularly tracking it setting it up with a costly race inspired kit is money wasted.
     
  13. Horseplay

    Horseplay I Don't Care. Do you?

    Yeah, I'm impatient.

    A "modernized" stock suspension makes these cars as good as a new car in terms of driver feel and car capability. Roller spring perches are a must. I highly recommend rollerized lower arms and uppers if in the budget. Adjustable strut rods complete the system. John at Opentracker can set you up with all or there are other sources for stuff like Shawn at Street or Track. If handy, you can also mod the arms yourself with parts you source or kits from other sources.

    If you do want to build an actual competition level ride, Shawn has some awesome stuff you need to look at. Chase has a build thread going right now where he is using his stuff.
     
  14. Joni

    Joni New Member

    I Dont do track just sunday morning twisties. Maby quarter mile against the clock ones or twice. I’ll look up the opentracker, thanks!
     

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