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indyphil
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posted 08-08-2002 08:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil   Click Here to Email indyphil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My 68 coupe seems to be sitting low at the rear, the springs look flat and they ride soft. Time for new springs....
But while im driving it over big bumps, in addition to the noise of the bottom out rubber stops i get a more scary metallic noise. A look under the car alerted me to some brackets bolted to the chassis that hang down and seem to interfere with the leafs (i can see rub marks). These brackets look like something you would use to hold the car down in transit.

The latest issue of mustang and fords shows a shelby with a sign in the rear license plate holder telling the dealer to remove these brackets (or something that looks like them) before the customer takes the car home.
Could it be mine got left on the car?

Anybody got any information on these brackets?

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mellowyellow
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posted 08-08-2002 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The dealer was supposed to remove them an send them back. Better than half of the cars have them, I guess. There are two different sizes and the MMonthly article spells it out. For show, don't think it makes a difference other than they should have the correct bolts and finish.

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indyphil
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posted 08-08-2002 10:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil   Click Here to Email indyphil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I Will be removing them. The rubbing probably wouldnt happen if my springs weren't so soft, but I will take them off anyway. I can clean them and keep them to one side as a souvenier.

I will be ordering 1" lowering springs (the mid eye type) and that will probably raise the back end by an inch and make it stiffer!!

how many of you other guys have them on your cars? Any interesting uses for them? anybody elses rub on their springs?

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mellowyellow
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posted 08-08-2002 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I put them on a 65 Cv and they raised the rear a little-but still has a lower than stock stance. There is an extra leaf at bottom and the ride is firm but not uncomfortable. Car also has a rear sway bar.

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Moneymaker
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posted 08-08-2002 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Send some pics of the brackets. They may be reminants of some previous traction bars.

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indyphil
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posted 08-08-2002 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil   Click Here to Email indyphil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did wonder briefly if they were leftover traction bar brackets. I dont know how to send pictures, but im pretty sure they are not because the car just doesnt look like its ever been raced. its optioned like an old lady bought it (power brakes and power steering, console, clock, remote mirror etc...) the previous owners were a couple of retirees. There are no engine mods original wheels and tyres etc... It looks like its just been used to fetch shopping. I bought it from a dealer in indianpolis maybe he left the ad on the web.

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indyphil
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posted 08-08-2002 11:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil   Click Here to Email indyphil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cant find the ad, he must have removed it. I do have pictures of the car (not of the brackets) though, so if someone shows me how to put them on the page here then i can do that. One look at the car ought to convince you that it probably hasnt been raced.

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68 S-code GT
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posted 08-08-2002 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All of the 67-8 cars that I?ve owned made in Metuchen had the transport hold-downs still on them. I think they should bend slightly away from the springs though. Maybe they were put on backwards or are bent? Are they basically flat stock with a hole punched out and mounted near the shackle on the frame?

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indyphil
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posted 08-08-2002 01:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil   Click Here to Email indyphil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Funny that you should mention the New Jersey Plant, because my 68 came from Metuchen as well. The description you gave fits, and it looks like they are bent slightly away from the springs. I doubt that they would rub if it wasnt for the fact that my springs are so old and flat.

The car is a 1968 coupe in royal maroon, black interior with console, exterior festooned with chrome, 289 2V single exhaust C4 tranny, optioned as a grocery getter complete with vinyl roof. weird air connection in the trunk... but thats another post.

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