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Old 04-03-2012, 08:51 PM
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it will look like that until you get the weight of the completed car on it and level out the lower arm.

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Looks like the wrong springs. Go to NAPA site for correct deminsions.
The lower A arms should be parlelle to the xmember when the full finished weight of the car is on it.
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OK, guys, I finally got it figured out. There were two problems.

#1) I got online and tried to find some pictures of installed chassis engineering kits. I noticed that one of them had the top hat spring mounts all the way up. I had tried to screw mine up further but they wouldn't go. Turns out I had to put a bit more force behind them. I got them quite a bit further up (which would lower the car) and it gave a lot more room.

#2) Tracy pointed out to me that I had the spring upside down. When I turned it over (which after I thought about it made a whole lot more sense) it gave more room yet still.

After that, everything went together smooth as silk. I have some pictures posted in my photojournal of how it looks now.

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Great thing about doing all of this yourself is that you will be some what of a pro in many different areas by the time you are done building your car. I did not have a clue about suspension, or engine building or welding until I tackled these projects one at a time. This site really is great for getting through some of these first times with help from those of us that have been there done that!
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Did u use the stock upper spring pads. Makes a quieter ride.
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Yeah, I really appreciate all the help. One problem I tend to have is that I am basically learning everything as I go so some people get confused with I know how to install certain difficult parts and then I don't know how to do other very common things and they skip over a lot because they assume I must know it. I wanted to build this whole car because my wife and I intend to use it as a family car for as long as possible so I want to know every inch of it so I can work on it myself. I believe if you want something done right you have to do it yourself, so that's our plan.

I did use the spring pads that came with the kit. They fit up under the top hats.

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Yeah, I really appreciate all the help. One problem I tend to have is that I am basically learning everything as I go so some people get confused with I know how to install certain difficult parts and then I don't know how to do other very common things and they skip over a lot because they assume I must know it. I wanted to build this whole car because my wife and I intend to use it as a family car for as long as possible so I want to know every inch of it so I can work on it myself. I believe if you want something done right you have to do it yourself, so that's our plan.

I did use the spring pads that came with the kit. They fit up under the top hats.

Thanks,
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You want to keep a detailed notebook of everything you do and what parts are in it. It's a pain down the road when you need a new belt and can't remember what one you used last time. I kept the receipts for every part and detailed records so not only do I know every part in my deuce, I also know how much I paid for them. Completely filled a 3 inch 3 ring binder. Total just for the parts was just over $22,000.

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Yeah, that's a good tip. I'm doing the same thing. Since this will be my wife's daily driver I definitely want her to be able to have the car fixed if something were to ever happen to me.

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