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Cool, looks decent :thumb: 

For a quick better look I would rattle can the third member with a dark red or reddish brown and the yoke part with some silver or dark gray- so you would reach almost concourse level :biggrin: 

Otherwise leave it as is and keep going!

Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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1 minute ago, timachone said:

Cool, looks decent :thumb: 

For a quick better look I would rattle can the third member with a dark red or reddish brown and the yoke part with some silver or dark gray- so you would reach almost concourse level :biggrin: 

Otherwise leave it as is and keep going!

After looking at my pictures closer, I had this same thought! 

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Been a busy couple weeks around the house, but my son and I got around to finishing up the center section cleanup, and we wire brushed and applied the rust encapsulation to the rear undercarriage. It isn’t perfect, but wow what a difference! Hoping to start putting the sway bar, shocks, and leaf springs in later today. 

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A productive day today! My son and I got everything put back together and even got out  for a test drive today. 
 

I didn’t get any pictures of the installation of the sway bar, but it went pretty smoothly. I did have to unhook one exhaust pipe so I could have the room to sneak it by, but I must say that Addco bar was the definition of bolt on, very easy to do.
 

First new leaf spring in!4EAC5290-4057-4779-B2BF-797056E52033.thumb.jpeg.ca88da6e91bf4e0fb465cf0b7c081b52.jpeg

next we got the other one in, and dropped the axle, a little bit of wrestling and we had it on its pegs. This is all going just too smoothly at this point. I am not used to things working this way, so self doubt is creeping in…

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next, the shock holder/sway bar receiver thingys went in. I scratched up my fancy Rust-oleum paint job a bit, but I think it can be touched up later…

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That previously mentioned self doubt got the best of me temporarily, and I had to pause the installation for a little bit until Kilgon answered a question on the shackles for me. (I made another post about that issue) I thought it looked a little strange with the shackles pointed forward like this, but the springs were unloaded and my self doubt was unnecessary. As I jacked up the pumpkin, the shackles moved to their expected position  

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I was a little apprehensive about the front bolts as well, but all for naught! Eaton makes a hell of a leaf spring install kit  

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Next we got the shocks in. Man the passengers side shock was a pain to tighten the top on! I had to damn near climb in the trunk to reach it  

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So now from the end of my drive shaft to the rear bumper, it looks like 1973 again! 
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The contrast between the before and after is pretty amazing…E7CCF388-311C-4920-A127-3EEDF27E51CC.thumb.jpeg.af3fb0a533d49da25f15356ceefaa4b9.jpeg56845118-18D6-45BD-BDE5-8C5C8B3B9E01.thumb.jpeg.4692a8be811dd29db5a5cce258683c92.jpeg

 

All in all, I’m pretty happy with the new stance. It’s a touch more extreme than I thought it would be…but I definitely accomplished the goal of getting that ass end up! CB8A48F4-7C5E-4086-95D4-3490B8E0665B.thumb.jpeg.991d4df5a798ac303841b2a2fa2c7cdb.jpeg

 

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Good to know, the difference in how it drives is significant. The rear end feels absolutely glued to the road now! Now I just need to figure out what I want to do with the front suspension…should make a good winter project. 

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