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Mustang II level adjustment help..

Hi. I didn't do any work on the car over the Winter. I wanted to lower the frontend of my 37 Ford Tudor. I put in 2" drop spindles on a Mustang II front suspension. It came from a Mustang II, or Pinto. Not sure. It came on the frame. I also went old school, and cut a loop out of the front coils. I think the frontend was from the 4 cylinder. There were only four wheel bolts. I have 195 65/R15" on the front. The height looked pretty good from the top, but I never drove it to settle everything in. Now the grease fittings hit the rims, and the A-arms are not level. Now by installing the drop spindles shouldn't hurt the location of the A-arms. If I bought new coils.. Would that level out the A-arms again??
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correct, the new dropped spindles will not affect the height/angle of the a-arms
you will need new springs to replace the ones you cut

i would also do some homework on which (lbs.Rating) spring to get
depending on the weight of the car, motor, etc.

some of these other guys may be able to help with that, if you post the info
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I have been looking at a Eaton guide. it says in there chart that for a fat fendered car with a small block the spring weight is 352, and 13 7/16 free height. I have sent them a email as to my application. I think mine had a 4-cylinder, so I don't know what I would need..
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You need the lower "A" arms to be level with the bottom of the Xmember. Which it looks like you have. Changing out the springs will change the ride feeling. If u go for springs try Eaton spring in Detroit., He will want to know the weight of the front etc. He gets a litle more money, But if you don't get the ride height you w ant he will keep sending you springs until u do.
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nothing you do to the springs is going to help with the grease fittings contacting the wheels, those spindles will not work with those wheels. the scrub line looks scary to me, I would be checking that so the front cross member does not contact the pavement if you get a flat tire.

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Cap Cod Bob. I have contacted Eaton. I sent them off a email tonight.


Sixguns. When I was building it I had 235's on it, and everything was fine. The 15" wheel is fine. I think the 195's are to small. I may have to go up in tire size. Like even the 235's like I have on the back. I can block up the rear again, and move them foward and try it out. If even after the new coils are installed.. I do have some 1/4" wheel spacers I can put on. I am ot sure if I will still have it lowered in the front then or not though.

The pictures show how it looked by just adding the drop spindles. The last picture shows after I took out a loop..
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That looks to me like you cut more than one coil to get that much change in ride height.

I shoot for getting the tie-rods level more than worring about the lower control arms when setting ride height on a front end.

Sixguns is right about the wheels. The spacers would likely fix the problem, but different wheels is a better solution.

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The tie rod ends, and the whole works came from speedway motors. By jackng up the front a few inches. It all looks fine.
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When it sat at normal height I had on steel wheels. 15x6.5". There are 235's on them. I will try them back on the front first. When they were on. The grease fittings never hit any thing. The big thing I wonder about is back in the 60's when bigs, and littles were used.. Why didn't they run onto problems.. Or did they??
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You should also pay attention to tire clearance on the fenders when you turn the wheels. You may need to keep the small tires on it.

Tell us about the wheels you'll be using. You know, the width and backspace and what brand.

I'm sure there are lots of guys with Fat Fenders that could use the information.

Good luck.


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Ok. I took off the 195's that were on the front. The tires that were on it were 225's. Not fond of how it sits now though. I liked it sitting low in the front. How did they ever get by in the late 60's having BIGS in the back, and littles in the front?? I have seen them with 15" in the rear, and 14" in the front. Anyhow here are the pictures of what it looks like right now.. Al
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http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/inf...T%7Cpc%7C55807 I found this on line. It helps to compare sizes of tires..
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