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Old 10-30-2003, 11:50 AM
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ladder bar suspension

I have a 1978 Ford Pinto wagon that has been converted to a two seater Panel wagon. It has a 8" rear end with the standard Ford leaf spring suspension.

I would like to convert it to a ladderbar-coilover shock rear suspension.. Is this possible and what would I have to do to accomplish this....

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Using coil-overs, that seems pretty simple. Just cut out the hardware in the chassis for the leaf springs, then weld in mounts up front for the ladder-bars and in the rear for the coil-overs and a lateral bracket for a pan-hard bar. Strip the rear end of all of its current spring mounting hardware and add brackets for the T-bars and a pan-hard bar. Now just bolt it up.

You also have the option of keeping the leaf springs and adding ladder-bars to that. I have done this many times. You can buy commercial 'spools' (Jeg's and Summit for two carry them), but I have a couple of methods to add ladder-bars and still have the leaf springs work as designed that are a lot cheaper than the spools and a little lighter I think. Send your e-mail address and I'll send you a tech article on how to do it.
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