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65darkhorse
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posted 12-26-2002 10:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65darkhorse   Click Here to Email 65darkhorse     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My 65 sags on the driver side. So, seeing how I'm back home, I'm thinking of replacing the leafs (if it ever warms up and the F$#&%snow melts).

Q: Am I better off buying:
-new leafs (if so, any recommendations as to supplier or brand - I want to keep the same height)
-or having the old ones re-arched ?

As to actually replacing them, what is the best way to do it ? Jack up the car by the diff and use jack stands in front of the rear wheels ?

also, I just saw another post dealing with the same thing for a '68 ... will my car also ride 'nose up' ? I'd like it to have a slightly aggressive 'nose down' stance ...

thanks, Nic

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soaring
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posted 12-27-2002 05:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for soaring   Click Here to Email soaring     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you are a membe of Vintage Mustang Forum, there are many posts there to answer this very question. Vintage-Mustang.com
Go to the search engine and type in your query. Sorry, but I know virtually nothing about replacing springs, just hope this info helps you get the answers you are looking for.

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Fastback68
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posted 12-27-2002 06:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Go for new springs. You might wanna try some fibreglass ones ...
http://members.trivergent.net/~spring/
I managed to make a mess out of changing mine. I had trouble getting the rear eyes back into place. There used to be a great explanation of how to do it here on M&M, but I can't find it now. From memory, you have the car on jacks in front of the rear wheels, then put the fronts of the leaf springs in first. You will then find that the rears of the leaves won't align with the car, and that's where SteveW came to my rescue. Dang, I can't remember for the life of me what the trick was!

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V8 Thumper
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posted 12-27-2002 09:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmmmm, I've not had any problems removing/installing leaf springs... lucky, I guess

To remove them, choc the front wheels, place your jack under the axle housing and jack the back end way up. Put jackstands under the subframe rails and release the jack, allowing the springs to 'grow' to full arch. Leave the jack in position under the differential, it'll help to keep the housing steady. Loosen axle tube u-bolts, remove shocks, remove front spring eye bolt. You'll probably need a prybar to free the front spring eye bushing from it's pocket. Remove u-bolts and the spring will be free to swing down. Remove rear shackle bolts and it's out

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V8 Thumper
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posted 12-27-2002 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I should add, it's easier to remove the wheels and tires than to have to work around them, not to mention all that weight teetering the housing while you've got it floating on a floorjack.

Do be cautious; use jackstands. Borrow a set, or go buy them if you have to. You can also use jackstands for the axle housing to rest on, but they take up alot more work space under the car as opposed to a floorjack. Also be mindful of the brake line from the undercarrige to the axle housing; it'll be a flexible hose to the housing distribution block, be careful to not let the whole housing get away from you or risk dammaging the line

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1965 GT coupe, 333ci aluminum headed/solid cammed stroker, four speed, 3.70:1 9"

All Blue Oval, no blue bottle
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65darkhorse
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posted 12-28-2002 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65darkhorse   Click Here to Email 65darkhorse     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

thanks for the info!

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V8 Thumper
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posted 12-28-2002 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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1965 GT coupe, 333ci aluminum headed/solid cammed stroker, four speed, 3.70:1 9"

All Blue Oval, no blue bottle
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