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Old 05-05-2004, 02:25 AM
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I'm working on building a little rat roadster with some parts I have laying around... Does anyone have a pic of the rearend setup with one leafspring and the ladder bars (or whatever they're called). I'm a little blury on how this all goes together. thanks all.

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I don't have a pic handy but I might be able to help. what rearend are you using? is it an early ford with a torque tube and the spring mounts aready on it? if not you will have to weld on some spring perches and brackets to your existing rear end. what are you using for the rest of your running gear? it would help to know what you are using. body frame engine transmission etc. I'm building a 32 ford with a 283, a 39 ford tranny and a 47 ford rear. it all goes together pretty well. hit me up with your questions!
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Old 05-05-2004, 12:07 PM
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OK, here's what I got... Don't laugh because it's not a real power combo, but it's unique and well, free. I have this crappy 1982 mustang GLX with a four banger and 4 speed tranny. Don't know what the rear is but it's stock. It uses a coil spring rear suspension with some sort of trailing arm deal...(sorry, I feel like a moron not knowing what type of suspension it is) I have a fab shop at my disposal so I can fab and perches, mounts that I need. For a frame, I was just going to build it from scratch.(something I've been wanting to try for a while) I'm also going to build the body from scratch... It's not going to be really pretty but it'll be a blast to drive. This project is just something to practice with you know... learn different techniques for building and whatnot.
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ok here is what I would do if you want the single leaf spring across the back like an early ford has. go and find a 1936 ford rear end. this rear will have your ladder bars and spring perches bolted to it. all you will have to do is make the brackets that bolt to the crossmember and weld to the mustang rear end. use the spring from the 36 rear end and make sure you have measure what the distance between the perches was before you take it apart. now bolt the ladder/perches to the mustang rear end and heat the perches with a torch and bend them back to straight. (the angle that you put them on the mustang axle will be different than the original.

the easier way to do it would be to use a parallel leaf setup that would require less fabrication work and actually give you a better ride. this only requires adding a couple spring pads and some mounting tabs for spring perches.
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Old 05-05-2004, 11:43 PM
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thanks for the tips... now I actually know what I need to do.
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Help is on the way!

The July 2004 issue of Rod & Custom has an article called "The Budget Beater" that has a good pictorial description of what I think you are talking about!!
Hope this helps!



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Old 05-06-2004, 04:49 PM
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yeah man, I just picked that up today...
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Old 05-06-2004, 06:25 PM
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I have used California Custom Roadster's bluerint package to build a T-Bucket frame from scratch. It has full size templates, and is very simple to follow. Might be something you could use!


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Old 05-07-2004, 12:06 AM
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well, I'm good for designing and building the rearend myself... I was just looking for some close-up pics to get a little bump start.
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