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SlowFord
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From: So. Cal
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 03-03-2003 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SlowFord     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you know what the backspacing is on the wheels used on the rear your Comet? I looked up 15x10.5 Centerline AutoDrag wheels and noticed that they are available with 7 1/4" backspacing. I imagine that most of your wheel clearance is from the relocated springs, so I assume that is probably what you used. Does 7 1/4 backspacing sound about right?

Speaking of relocating the rear springs, did you use a kit when you did yours? I noticed Crites Restoration has a spring relocation kit for 1966 & up Fairlanes/Comets, so I am considering purchasing that. If you did not use a kit, what materials did you use to fabricate the new spring hangers?

Thanks in advance taking the time to answer my questions.

Paul "SlowFord"
1988 Mustang
1963 Falcon Ranchero
1966 Comet - in progress

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Butch Jennings
Gearhead

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From: No. California
Registered: Apr 2000

posted 03-04-2003 01:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Butch Jennings   Click Here to Email Butch Jennings     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Paul,


That is exactly the wheel I have on the car right now, 15 x 10.5 with a 7 1/4" backspace.


I didn't use a kit to do my springs, I moved the front inside of the rail and fabbed a simple cup to hold it, then ran a couple of bars down from the cage to support it at the floor. At the rear I made a crossmember to hold the rear of the spring and used the stock shackles, here's a picture if the link works http://home.mchsi.com/~9secmerc/shackle1.jpg I'd do it again in a flash, it really wasn't hard at all. I had a chassis shop do the tub because at the time I couldn't figure out how to do it with the factory rail because it curves. They put the tub on top of the rail and welded a small piece of angle to bolt it to. I kicked myself for not figuring that one out myself, but I was thinking "in the box".

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Butch
460 powered 1967 Comet Cyclone (Broken)
10.271 @ 130.231
Butcher's Home Page
"Friends don't let friends drive Chevys"

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