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falconizer_62
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I decided to tackle the part I have been dreading...

September 8, 2008

 Yes, it's true, I have been dreading the front suspension of this project.  Mostly, because I had no idea what I was doing or how it would function when done.  Not doing it, made that it would be basically impossible for me to steer!!

I could rest much easier now, because it wasn't that big of a deal and went really smoothly.  The problem I was facing was to get 26 inch tall tires to steer in the miniscule  wheel opening found on a round body falcon.  The solution?  Remove 1 1/2 inches from both the upper and the lower control arms. 

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 I squared up the arm on a couple of metal shims, and squared a laser level on a sawhorse, and just taped along the line.

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 Once it was taped, I sprayed it with some primer and set about to remove everything gray. ( except obviously the overspray)

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 They actually end up lining up rather well.  I will of course have to finish welding it, bracing it and finally boxing it, but the preliminary fit and functionality is great!

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 1 1/2 inches sure brings the ball joint back quite a bit.  It definitely gives it that late 50s Cadillac/luxury liner look.

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 It will now steer fully aired down.  Not too shabby for one Saturday :-)

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 peace

 


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nitroratrod
September 19, 2012 02:14
Nice job!! What are you using for air springs?