I already lowered the rear of the car about an inch by replacing the stock setup with a a pair of 4.5 leaf mid-eye Grabtrak springs from Mustangs Plus. At the same time I threw away the weany stock rear axle and replaced it with a eight inch unit from a '68 Cougar....all of which I've been storing in the shed/paint booth for most of the last year. It was nice to break them out, and I've done this particular install on my own a bunch of times now.
|from this to.....|
|....this in 20 minutes :)|
|and then halfway to a rolling chassis.|
Now comes the interesting bit - the front suspension. As stated a squillion times, I'm lowering the car about an inch at the front too - commonly called the Shelby drop. At the same time I upgraded the spring perches to the Opentracker roller design. The next few pictures should be interpreted as a blatant plug for Opentracker because they are great. And they gave me a really cool t-shirt!
The first step is to drill two extra holes in the shock towers - this facilitates relocation of the upper control arms and inch (or more) below the factory position. You can measure the placement, but I used the Opentracker template to make sure I got the placement perfect. I did this back before I painted the engine compartment.
The control arms were in good shape when I bought the 68 so I was always going to reuse them, but I wanted the look to match the rest of the engine compartment. I seemed a little bit wrong to scuff up the powder coat and paint over it with the same duplicolor black I used everywhere else, but I was happy with the result.
The spring covers were also painted black after I sandblasted and painted with the same epoxy primer I used on the body.
Bolted up the control arms using my nice shinny, zinc plated hardware:
Installed my new Opentracker lowering springs and polyurethane bushings and bolted up the refurbished V8 spindles (more on these later) and....that was as far as I could get on my own.