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  1. cavboy78

    Suspension for the every day driver

    i think what is being missed here in this debate is the gargantuan size disc brakes on the new, higher performance cars that require larger diameter wheels. My track car has 18" wheels and they barely clear the rotors... Are 20's excessive? Yes. But you can easily run a brake combo that requires 17s or 18s. Say what you will, but i'd rather have big brakes on a track than a 65 profile tire anyday. But...i know the OP never mentioned tracking his car. So, yeah...15s and 65 profile tires ftw.
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    1970 Convertible Restoration

    will do. thanks much vic!
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    1970 Convertible Restoration

    Vic, thanks! I must have missed how you did the grounding with the busbars earlier in your thread. Great idea and had not thought about doing it that way, but makes sense now. appreciate it! Matt
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    1970 Convertible Restoration

    vic, my wiring project has been delayed, but hope to get the battery to trunk then start the aaw harness in the next couple of weeks. If you could rewind for me here...did you run a ground wire from the trunk up to the engine block or just run a ground in the trunk and a seprate ground from block to frame? Didn't see it, but may have missed it. Build is coming along nicely. Your attention to detail and patience is what i will strive for!
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    Changing from manifold to headers

    x2 on FPA. Give stan a call.
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    351w rebuild decisions.

    f4te blocks are good for 650+ horsepower. If you are pushing more than that, than you have more reinforcements to do on your car than the engine block. hydraulic roller is also more efficient than a flat tappet, with less chance of wiping lobes during break in...
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    351w rebuild decisions.

    Also, i guess you could hold on to your old block because it's numbers matching. I sold mine fwiw, but mine isn't any special or low number car. Also, is option one to go down to a 289 block? If so, i would recommend staying with a 351w if that's what came out of it. Although some bits and pieces work on both, they all don't and there is $$$ in that. Plus, you'd prob be disappointed in a stock stroke 289 if you just came from a 351w.
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    351w rebuild decisions.

    i wouldn't limit yourself to a 69 351 block. Why not an F4TE roller 351w? came in a bunch of different vehicles in the 80s and 90s.
  9. Vic, I have a 351w with FPA longtubes, Borgeson, and the performer RPM intake. Manual brakes though. I used the Ron Morris adjustable lowering mounts. I have not had any issues with them over the course of the last 7 years or so. I feel like they were helpful for two specific reasons...First, was to ensure I had decent enough clearance under the hood for a proper sized air cleaner. It works, but it's a tight fit. I do have somewhat of a drop base cleaner, but nothing too drastic. Second, I do have the engine mounted slightly to the passenger side which was critical in ensuring clearance for the headers and the borgeson box, since it is slightly larger in the one critical space over the stock box.
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    Need help choosing Leaf spring height

    so the coilover kit you bought incorporates a 1" drop at the UCA mounting point. This replicates the arning drop without drilling the holes. That doesn't necessarily translate into a 1" drop of ride height. But what you did buy is a full coilover kit that will allow for ride height adjustments, as needed. There are many threads on here that offer input on leaf count, spring type and where/who to buy from (meier, open tracker, eaton, flex a form, etc...) once you determine ride height. Couple of more questions... - What size tires/wheels are you running? Same all around or a staggered set up? If you're running a much larger tire in the rear, you may want to stick to stock or mid eye... - How much power are you running? Are you planning on using a traction aid like cal tracs? More leafs/higher rate will help provide less wheel hop - What kind of driving will you mostly be doing? a softer leaf is better for cruising and obviously a stiffer is better for road racing, corners, etc... stiff springs on a daily cruiser will provide an unnecessarily harsh ride.
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    Need help choosing Leaf spring height

    well, a couple of questions for you first. - what kind of coilover? A full coilover, or the kind that attaches stock style to the uca? - A 1" drop in spring/ride height or the arning drop? - you said restomod...what ride height do you want? stock, lowered, pro street stance, etc... it sounds like you want a level ride height, but not sure. also, keep in mind that you can use lowering blocks to drop an 1", if needed. There are pros and cons about these that i'm sure others will bring up. Once you answer these questions, then we can provide some more specific feedback. In general, stock springs are way too high for my likings. I went mid eye and they were still to tall for me. But i like my car to ride lower than stock...
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    New fastback

    i kept saying marti report, but i meant the original invoice.
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    New fastback

    IIRC, my marti stated exactly what came with the grabber package...i.e. sport mirrors, etc... I was headed down the same path you were in wanting to do a trans am tribute car, especially since I just had a plain jane sportsroof. But then I did the marti report and found out it was a grabber special, so I rolled with that during my build. give me a couple of hours and i'll post up.
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    New fastback

    I can post up my marti report when I get home so you can see where the grabber package is annotated. when I purchased mine many years ago, it had a severe identity crisis (Mach 1 mixed with Boss 302 stuff) so who knows what was original or not. What it did have was the sport mirror, hood pins, hood scoop w/ signals, and a 302 2v with C4.
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    New fastback

    agreed. mine was the same...a 302 2v C4 car. Found out later it was a grabber special though.
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