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Does any one have an idea as to what a 454 in a 37 ford weighs, the front end. Or what rate springs to use. It's a Mustang front. The dealers all say to weigh the front end........my bath room scale only goes to 300lbs

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Had the same problem with my buddy's '41 Willys w/ MII front end. Here is what we did. Take your 300# bathroom scale and get a block of wood (2"x4"?) near the same thickness as the scale. Get a piece of 2"x6" douglas fir (stronger than the usual spruce the home centers sell) 6' long. Can probably beg these from a construction site if you aren't a wood worker. Tell them you are a poor hot rodder and they will have pitty! Get a third piece of wood (4"x6"?) about a foot long. Now mark the long 2"x6" exactly 1/10th the way along its length. Jack up the front of the car and put the 4"x6" under 1 front wheel. All this is for is to keep the car level while measuring the wieght on the other wheel. Under the center of the other front wheel put the 1/10th line of the 2"x6". board should be placed sticking out the side of the car, not in front. Put the 2"x4" spacer under the short end of the 2"x6" and the bathroom scale under the long end of the 2"x6". They should be at the very ends of the board. Unless your car weighs 6000# in front the scale should be within range. Take the resulting weight reading and multiply it by 10 (move the decimal one place to the right) and that is very close to what 1/2 of the front end of your car weighs.

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Old 11-18-2002, 10:30 PM
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When we wanted to weight the front of a car we found the closest racer with a set of weighing pads and begged to borrow them. Any circle track or most any course racer has a set of scales. If you don't know any racers and you can drive or tow the car if you ask your local weight station for large trucks they may be nice and do it for you if they arent busy at the moment. Some farmers have a large scale for weighing grain or cattle and if asked nicely they would probably do it. Also cattle/livestock auction houses have large scales too.
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Old 11-18-2002, 10:50 PM
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I always tow to the scale but the bathroom scale and long lever works too!
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