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« on: September 10, 2015, 10:04:41 AM »

Well I have had the same Rancho shocks since Calvert used my car to make the 2 piece mono-leaf spring for Mustangs and Cougars back in 1998. They are still good, and I have ran a best of 1.27 60ft. Just felt I was leaving something on the table in regards to tuning, since they are 5 way adjustable single action.

The only shocks made for rear that are good quality DA are made by Strange, however after I have used the fronts made by Mark Menscer, you get what you pay for. I only had to change settings from his set 2 clicks for my application. Custom made tuned shock. The stock shocks are pin and pin, and his shocks are based off AFCOs, they do not make that style, so I custom made my own set up. I used an AFCO lower mount, and it fit perfectly on the Cal Trac mounting bracket. I welded it on and they fit like a glove. Now see about getting into the 1.25 60 ft......Stay tuned....DragBoss






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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2015, 06:42:36 PM »

I did something similar except mounted mine upside down as it was almost impossible to reach the adjuster on the stud in the trunk.

I made my own upper stud conversion mounts with a fairly wide range of mis-alignment allowed. This way I can reach both adjusters easily without crawling into the trunk.

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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2015, 07:22:49 PM »

I did something similar except mounted mine upside down as it was almost impossible to reach the adjuster on the stud in the trunk.

I made my own upper stud conversion mounts with a fairly wide range of mis-alignment allowed. This way I can reach both adjusters easily without crawling into the trunk.

My63,
I was thinking that too, but was dying to get them in there before season over. Luckily, I can climb in there easy and adjust with no prob, but your right does suck...any pics?
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2015, 05:53:22 PM »

No shock pics as of now, but I can get you some this weekend.

My mounts are rather crudely made, more function that form! These were before painting. I used misalignment washers to center the shocks.
The adjuster is still up high, but I can crawl quickly under the car and make both adjustments.
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2015, 09:00:53 PM »

They look good, I would be interested in pic of shock if you have time. Thanks
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2015, 08:36:29 AM »

That's cool.
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2015, 09:23:27 AM »

Tim
Tape up the spanner nut threads from debris damage for future use as a coil over. I used a strange dual adjustable for several years on the leaf spring setup... Unwrapped the tape I put on them and they look like the day I put them on. 😁
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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2015, 03:17:51 PM »

Tim
Tape up the spanner nut threads from debris damage for future use as a coil over. I used a strange dual adjustable for several years on the leaf spring setup... Unwrapped the tape I put on them and they look like the day I put them on. 😁

Good advice Bruce, will do.  Get that bad ass mustang done yet?
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2015, 05:36:09 PM »

They look good, I would be interested in pic of shock if you have time. Thanks

I'll get some tomorrow after church for you.
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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2015, 05:37:03 PM »

They look good, I would be interested in pic of shock if you have time. Thanks

I'll get some tomorrow after church for you.

Or after football, or maybe tonight after the movie is over, lol
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« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2015, 08:28:17 PM »

No hurry, working all weekend, enjoy your time off
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« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2015, 10:08:29 AM »

Here are some photos of the lower mount from different angles:

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« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2015, 10:11:16 AM »

And the upper mount:

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« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2015, 10:21:23 AM »

Afco doesn't make a shock for our car as you mentioned. Not sure what Mark used for yours, but these, based off of measurements, are front shocks off of a Plymouth Belvedere.
I even have Belvedere shocks on the front of the car!

If you're looking for any other detail or angle, let me know.
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« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2015, 10:34:43 AM »

Afco doesn't make a shock for our car as you mentioned. Not sure what Mark used for yours, but these, based off of measurements, are front shocks off of a Plymouth Belvedere.
I even have Belvedere shocks on the front of the car!

If you're looking for any other detail or angle, let me know.

Thanks for the pics, good job. Not sure what shocks he used, but this gives others ideas if they want to good DA on rear, can,t wait to test. Be nice to get a 1.25 60ft, put me in the 9.50s....DragBoss
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