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1971 Pantera

Need to level the car, left side 1" lower than right... any suggestions?

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Do you want the low side higher, or the high side lower?

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BTW, Panteras' are on my short list of the coolest cars ever...
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Good question

right side lower by 1". BTW, you have good taste. I was at a local Concourse and the Panteras received more attention than the Ferraris!
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FWIW, when I was a Ford mechanic I had to replace a clutch in a Pantera. After I was finished the owner would not let me test drive it , but I did get to ride along.

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Panteras always remind me of my late friend, Ray. Vietnam finally caught up with Ray several years ago, but that is a different tale.

Ray had a 50 Anglia. We used to go cruising in it. Due to an unfortunate flooding incident, it only had a 2 bbl. 307 and a stock glide for a power train. It did have a 12 bolt with decent gears, but it was pretty much all show and no go. There was an officer from the local Army base that had a Pantera. One night he was at the car wash with it. Ray always had a large roll of bills with him. We pulled in and Ray challenged the guy to a race. Pulled out the cash and asked him what it would take to line em up. Ray and I both knew the Pantera would walk all over the Anglia, but the guy didn't. Wouldn't go for it. You can have the car, you can have the guts, or you can have both. The latter is the one you have to watch out for.

Sorry, for the hi-jack. If the car structure is sound, and the coil overs are not adjustable, you need new springs.
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Loved the story. I was tooling down the coast a while ago and a Porsche Turbo pulled up next to me waving a $100 bill. Against my better judgement, I went for it and I was a 1/4 ahead after a half mile. I looked back and the guy blew his engine. I felt so bad, I kept going and he kept his $100 bucks. I haven't raced it since - don't need to.

Thanks for the advice. It's strange that just 1 side is affected...

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FWIW, when I was a Ford mechanic I had to replace a clutch in a Pantera. After I was finished the owner would not let me test drive it , but I did get to ride along.

Vince
Interesting - seems that us Pantera owners are that way. No one other than me have driven mine. The car has a severe push due the the amount of horsepower and it's very easy to lose control.
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Sounds like you need new springs. How do you like the spring rates that are installed now? If you are going to replace springs, and you would like to change the rates, now would be a good time to do it. It is interesting that it is only one spring, and is sagging that much. Is there any suspension damage/problems to that corner? How old are the springs?

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It's strange that just 1 side is affected...

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Larry, from your other posts, it sounds like you are the original owner. How do I put this tactfully? Usually, the left side of a car is lower because the springs on that side of the car get worked more because the driver's seat is always full when driving while the passenger's seat may be empty all or most of the time.
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Larry, from your other posts, it sounds like you are the original owner. How do I put this tactfully? Usually, the left side of a car is lower because the springs on that side of the car get worked more because the driver's seat is always full when driving while the passenger's seat may be empty all or most of the time.
Are you saying Larry is............................obese .

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Okay 23 I love Panteras too, so no dis-respect. The first one I ever saw was in 1971 in the show room of our local Lincoln Mercury dealer. It was love at first site. I think it was around $10k. Later on a friend of mine bought a 72 Pantera. Frankly my old worn out 66 427-425 Corvette would always run off and hide from it. It handled good but that was about it. I'm sure with todays technology your's is much quicker. I almost bought one a few years ago but after researching a bit the ZF transaxle scared me off.

For the price you can't beat the looks of a Pantera but I couldn't stand the thoughts of having a Ford mill pushing me around town.

Post some pics so we can see it. I loved the weird orange color.
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