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 on: Today at 03:19:41 PM 
Started by KYBlueOval - Last post by lalessi1
Thanks for your reply. I hope to get a lot of opinions. I was thinking stock coil springs. Any particular manufacturer? When you say Station Wagon Springs in the rear ( stock).....the Wagon springs are the same as A Ranchero, are they not?
I'll look into the sway bars and shocks. I understand the lower urethane bushings, but what is the difference in '57 uppers vs. '58/'59 uppers? I've heard good things about the Borgeson Power Steering. Ball joints from USA was on my list .
Now , about the rear end........Ford 9 inch? Or 8 inch? When you say narrowing it 1 1/2 , you are saying 3/4 " on a side for a total of 1 1/2 inches......correct?
Unfortunately, money is a concern in this build, so I will not be calling Fatman or Art Morrison.
Many thanks for your input.

Clarifications;  Springs.... Eaton is a great spring company, they can custom wind springs and if you are going to replace your front springs they can compensate for engine/transmission/accessory weights, McVeigh for the rear. I forgot when I was posting that you already had 6 leaf springs, so I added "(stock)". Bushings.... the '58/'59 upper control arm bushings are a factory improvement that retro fit. I prefer upgrading to later model improvements when possible. Rear end... 3/4" on each side and I would use the 9". Sway bar.... Rich is right, the Quickor front sway bar is tougher to install on an assembled car, shouldn't be an issue while rebuilding a frame.

Steering.... conventional recirculating ball steering boxes like the Borgeson are not sensitive to "feedback", in other words bumping the pitman arm does not move the steering wheel much. On the other hand rack and pinion boxes are very sensitive to suspension movements, a movement of the rack moves the steering wheel directly. This is considered a desirable feedback. The problem that this creates is a steering set up that is very sensitive particularly when trying hold a straight line. To compensate for that, modern cars incorporate suspension geometry that use a lot of positive caster angle. A high posistive caster angle causes the car to hold a straight line but makes the car harder to turn. '57 Fords use very low positive caster settings as part of their suspension geometry, better suited to conventional steering boxes in my opinion. I also personally think that turning radius is important to drivability and rack and pinion steering generally will sacrifice turning radius. Chassis builders typically will re-engineer the suspension geometry to fix these issues, so it can be done, but..... 

 on: Today at 03:07:49 PM 
Started by geraldchainsaw - Last post by geraldchainsaw
ok,   Jim Nolan dos;en't want to sell his steering wheel yet,   so i have to find another source,  any one know of someone in the states that does good redoing work?,    tired of painting it all the time,  thanks   jerry

 on: Today at 02:51:26 PM 
Started by KYBlueOval - Last post by Zapato
John, years ago I used a Fatman kit to install a Volvo box in a 51 Ford. The steering on a 57 is pretty much the same. Now that Volvo box is almost impossible to find, However Cadillac Cateras used a even better improved version of that same box, physically they're almost identical. The same box was also used in Isuzu Rodeos and the Honda version. They're incredible power with a good road feel. I bought from a local guy that was parting one out (got everything) for $45. I believe it will work nicely and if not didn't spent much.  I haven't seen a Borgenson box install someone can correct me but they look really bulky might make things tight for exhaust routing. The box that Gearheads sells gets nothing but bad reviews on the HAMB, not sure if they're still in business or not.

If you even consider this box be sure and get the joint that connects box to column, no source for them in the marketplace.

Zap- :unitedstates:

 on: Today at 11:43:11 AM 
Started by geraldchainsaw - Last post by Ecode70D
    Get in touch with Randy Connor.  He is a member here and has a huge inventory of 57 Fords that he is parting out.   rlcpartman@aol.com   He is a very nice guy and likes to talk 57 Ford.  I am certain that he has what you want.   Jay

 on: Today at 09:30:50 AM 
Started by peeeot - Last post by lalessi1
As I read the manual

                                                     " "tighten it to where there is no relative motion at all and then back it off 1.5 turns"

This adjusts the preload on the spring... just my guess, for what it's worth.

 on: Today at 07:21:33 AM 
Started by geraldchainsaw - Last post by geraldchainsaw
hi all,  any one know who might have conv top frame parts for sale?,  only need 1 piece over the pass side,  thanks    jerry
PS,  just to give a update, if u can find the piece it would cost between 5 & 8 hundred,  so i guess a patch job is in order.

 on: Today at 05:28:41 AM 
Started by peeeot - Last post by Ford Blue blood
Can you give us the source and part number?  This would be great info to help others (me) avoid the same problem.  Thanks much.

 on: Today at 05:22:29 AM 
Started by Ecode70D - Last post by Ford Blue blood
Add that to the gazzilions of new cars with spoked wheels now, and you can see where my "I want something different" thinking is leading me.

I'm in that line of thinking too.  Money was the issue years ago, "mags" just cost too much so other "looks" has lead me to looking at the many stock wheels out there.  The Ralleys on the 36 were blasted and painted in 1979, still clean up and shine after all the miles.  Those on the 66 Ranchero were put on the car after it was "re-born" in 1999.

 on: Today at 04:50:12 AM 
Started by KYBlueOval - Last post by RICH MUISE
Forgot a biggie.....the body mount kits that all the vendors sell is manufactured by Dennis Carpenter. When they are out of stock, everybody is. I had to wait almost a year before they made a run of them, so order them early just to make sure. The other issue with that may be I'm not sure DC makes a body mount kit for the Ranchero, so it may take some time/research to find out what the ranchero guys are using.

 on: Today at 04:42:45 AM 
Started by Ecode70D - Last post by RICH MUISE
"I wouldn't want the modern Cragar design on my (quite traditional) cars but they might fit your modern theme very well I think !"

I appreciate your opinion...thanks.  I went to a large car show last weekend, and I'll bet 1/3 at least of the cars there had torque thrusts or similar 5 spokes. Add that to the gazzilions of new cars with spoked wheels now, and you can see where my "I want something different" thinking is leading me. I still like the 5 spoked wheels though.

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