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1956 Ford: Granada dropped spindles...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Mitchell de Moor, Mar 3, 2012.

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Granada or CC850's?

  1. Granada Spindles/Brakes

    13 vote(s)
    61.9%
  2. Aerostar Coils

    8 vote(s)
    38.1%
  1. Mitchell de Moor
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    Okay,

    I have the chance to get the front brakes and spindles from a Granada. Is it a direct bolt in setup? What else would I need? Should I take this rout or just run some Aerostar (CC850) springs?

    Thanks!
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  2. Mitchell de Moor
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    I should have probably added I just want my car lower. Has all stock brakes now.
     
  3. Frankenstein57
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    If all you are after is ride height, the springs are the easy way out. If you go to discs you need a proportioning valve, dual master cylinder,disc brake wheels. Might have to ream the spindles to accept your ball joint, I think the versales bolt up without reaming. I used the torino spindles, they changed the camber/caster quite a bit. Your call, Mark
     
  4. Mitchell de Moor
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    Thanks! I can get my hands on everything pretty easily without spending much although I had no idea about the wheels. Thanks for that! I'll probably just go with the springs then. I was doing a parts trade with someone and they offered the Granada parts which is why I asked.
     
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  6. Mitchell de Moor
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    I want the ass to be a little lower. Both in the front would be around a 6" drop right? I don't know if I can go that low in the rear without serious modifications.
     
  7. parklane
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    If you go with the Granada/Monarch spindles, and Aerostar springs, it should drop the front about 3-3 1/2"
     
  8. Edelbroke
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    Granada spindles and bags. Or better yet Shockwaves. Oops that wasnt one of the choices
     
  9. Mitchell de Moor
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    Thanks! Not sure I want the front that low as I want the back to sit about .5-1" lower. I only have 3" blocks. Would you maybe take a leaf or two out as well? Thanks!

    You know what Germ said... "Bags are for weed":rolleyes: I'm not in the financial means to bag my car. If I was I would rather do hydraulics anyways.
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  10. Mitchelldemoor, before I did all the work on my frame. My car had I believe 2 or 2 1/2 coil cut from the front and 2 leafs taken out of each side of the rear with 3 inch blocks and flipped shackles. The car was damn low and still handled pretty well. Now it lays frame on air ride. I didnt pay not even near half as what others would pay and its done right with a powder coated frame. I do kind of regret not doing hydros due to the way im building my car...but that can always be changed.
     
  11. DdoubleD
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    Check your wheels, some wheels may not fit the brake rotor at the hub hole. If it has'nt been mentioned Ackerman angles.

    For new Granada parts......

    http://www.discbrakeswap.com/
     
  12. Mark T
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    Granada spindles can be machined to lower a car approximately 1" to 2 1/2" depending on how much material you remove from the lower ball joint hole. if you want to lower your car 1" you have to machine the lower ball joint hole large enough so the spindle sits all the way down on the ball joint stud like the factory spindle. if you want the 2 1/2" drop you will only have to machine out enough material so the spindle will sit high up on the tapered part of the ball joint stud, a rubber spacer will be needed between the spindle and the grease boot, approx. 3/4". You will also need a hardened spacer or washers to take up the space under the castle nut because the Granada spindles are thinner in this area. This is what DropNStop has been selling for many years. http://www.dropnstop.com/
    Granada rotors have been successfully machined in a brake lathe to fit wheels with a smaller center hole. I didn't have to do this on my car but if I had to I think I would check this area before I removed any material to make sure they are thick enough, you never know with aftermarket rotors.
     
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  13. Mitchell de Moor
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    I loved that photo of your car of how it was originally lowered. Thanks man! I really DON'T want my car to lay frame. No offence, it just ain't my thang.

    Thanks!

    Thanks!
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  14. No worries I didnt get offended. If you want it low and a bit lower in the back like my car was....that is the way to go. The only thing I had to do was cut the floor alittle where the drive shaft would have rubbed.
     
  15. I say use the Granada spindles and get the improved disc brakes for cheap. It never hurts to have a bit more braking to deal with cell-phone yacking idiots that are not paying attention. Some free drop is a nice benefit. You can adjust the spring height after the spindle swap.
     
  16. Mitchell de Moor
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    Your car is my inspiration for lowering. If you ever find any pictures let me know. I love it man! Did you fab a hump to go over the place you cut out? Would love to see a picture or two if possible... Thanks!

    I am quit pleased with my factory brakes. They work well, when adjusted right. The one thing I will do though is swap in a '67 Mustang dual master cylinder.

    Also this is directed to 56 ford custom; I was going to do what you did to yours only I was thinking about adding air shocks in the back. What are your thoughts on this? Thanks!
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  17. I think I might have a couple more pics...That isnt a promise though since I have moved a few times since I had that car going. So has the car haha.

    I ran air shocks on the rear of mine too at the time. The only thing is that mine was soo low that the angle of he shock kind of made them worthless. Are you planning to notch the rear? Or relocate the shock angle?
     
  18. easyissy
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    If you have no problems with the brakes I would just replace the coils. Thats what I did.

    I also used the air shocks (not bags) in the rear for when my buddies jump in the back seat I don't tail drag. :D

    Here's how it sits with the above modifications:

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Mitchell de Moor
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    Thanks, maybe long term I will notch it someday, but not right now. Just getting the car ready for Santa Maria. I also wasn't planning on relocating the shock angle, but at the same time I am not really sure I know what that entails.

    Thanks! What else did you do to lower the rear? I am for sure going to have blocks and there is a slight possibility I may take a leaf or two out and maybe even reverse the shackles like 56 ford custom did.
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  20. mastergun1980
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    I have been thinking about doing the same to my wife's 56. Just the granada spindles, but her car is already pretty low, so maybe there has been a change of the springs already, It does have the aluminum blocks in the control arms to.
     
  21. Honestly...Im keeping all 4 drum brakes. My car always stopped well and dont see a reason in messing with that.
     
  22. Mitchell de Moor
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    Thanks, I am still not sure what the aluminum blocks in control arms look like? Or where to get them? If you had any extra information it would be greatly appreciated.

    Yup, my '56 is a daily driver and I drive the fuck out of it. No problems with the stock breaks yet (knock on wood).
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  23. Mark T
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  24. easyissy
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    I got lowering blocks and I also reversed the shackles for the rear.

    Instead of removing a leaf I would have them de-ached if you want it any lower. Its alot safer.
     

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