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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Phipplet, Dec 5, 2020.

  1. Phipplet
    Joined: Jun 12, 2020
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    Phipplet

    Here's Globalwest front shocks. They're a bit spendy, but I'm sure they are worth it.

    Viking Double Front Adjustable Shocks #VB211
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  2. Cosmo50
    Joined: Sep 8, 2011
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    Cosmo50
    Member
    from California

    Since you're installing all new components, you should look into the Shelby drop. You lower the upper arms an inch. This drops the front about a half inch and improves the suspension geometry. I did it on my 65 Mustang and then on my 62 Falcon wagon.
     
  3. TCTND
    Joined: Dec 27, 2019
    Posts: 220

    TCTND
    Member

    Second the suggestion on the Shelby drop (unless your Global West setup already has altered suspension geometry). I did it to my "Shelbyized" '62 Ranchero a long time ago and really liked the result. I've found KYBs to be harsh and short lived and would steer clear of them. Bilstein and Koni both make great products that would serve you well.
     
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  4. Phipplet
    Joined: Jun 12, 2020
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    Phipplet

    The Globalwest suspension drops the upper control arms and changes the geometry. Has a 3 degree offset I believe. Cool video on what they did;
     
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  5. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
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    Deuces
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    from Michigan

    Konies.....:D
     
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  6. 6sally6
    Joined: Feb 16, 2014
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    Now is a great time to make the radiator support removable! cut the top out and replace with 2 X 3 angle with a couple of quick release pins.
    With it open like that you can swap engines EZ. (my buddy claims with the header ON!) Real time saver and can be made to look stock.
    Wish I had done it to my Mustang.
    Roller spring perches are a great addition to handling and a Monte Carlo bar too.
    Watching this one!!
    6sally6
     
  7. Phipplet
    Joined: Jun 12, 2020
    Posts: 55

    Phipplet

    6sally6,

    Already done that buddy! I cut out the tops of the radiator support. The radiator slips in and out easy. Plus it make a little more room for the fan.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

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  8. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
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    51504bat
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    Don't forget the rattle can of black paint for the radiator. :cool:
     
  9. 55blacktie
    Joined: Aug 21, 2020
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    55blacktie

    I would read reviews for the Vikings before you purchase.
     
  10. Phipplet
    Joined: Jun 12, 2020
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    Phipplet

    55blacktie,

    Interesting reviews. After doing some research I'm considering the Koni's or Bilstein's.

    Thanks for the input!
     
  11. Phipplet
    Joined: Jun 12, 2020
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    Phipplet

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  12. Phipplet
    Joined: Jun 12, 2020
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    Phipplet

    Thanks Jay T for the '63 Headlight doors! They look great!

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  13. Phipplet
    Joined: Jun 12, 2020
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    Phipplet

  14. jay t.
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
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    jay t.
    Member

    Your welcome Michael, the 63 grill is looking good
     
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  15. Its OK the Bolt had the carb on backward too. :D
     
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  16. mcnally351
    Joined: Apr 12, 2011
    Posts: 437

    mcnally351
    Member
    from boston

    Cool project I like the parts being thrown at this worthy bird
     
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  17. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
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    1971BB427
    Member
    from Oregon

    Futuras are cool cars. I personally liked the '63 Futura's roofline a little better as it looked like the '64 Falcon's roof. I built a '63 Futura gasser with 464 BBC and Super T10 4 speed. Used a later 8.8" Ford axle, with 3.73 posi out back. Sold it just under 2 yrs. ago to finance another car build.

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  18. 55blacktie
    Joined: Aug 21, 2020
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    55blacktie

    Not too much paint; it could impede air flow.
     
  19. 55blacktie
    Joined: Aug 21, 2020
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    55blacktie

    My parents bought a 1963 Futura for my newly-married brother and trailered it from Northern California to Clovis, NM, where my brother was stationed at Cannon AFB, in 1969. It was a very nice car, white/w brown interior, 6-cyl/w auto. My parents paid $600 for the car. My brother had nothing nice to say about it, and he eventually bought a new Toyota Corona. As a teenager, I had thoughts of acquiring the Falcon and putting a Boss 302 in it; but it was not to be.
    A few years later, I was briefly engaged to a girl, who had a 62 Falcon 2-door post/w 6-cyl. and 3-on-the-tree. She loved that car and did her own wrenching. She preferred it to the Futura. Personally, I thought it was pretty ratty, but it was all she could afford.
    It's been 45 years, now; I wonder if she still has it.
     
  20. Phipplet
    Joined: Jun 12, 2020
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    Phipplet

    I really like hearing about the old Falcon's people used too own. Sorry there hasn't been any updates lately. I've been working alot. I just need a day off to get some things done! I'm still waiting on some backordered parts to arrive. In the meantime I found a really neat '63 hood on Craigslist. The owner was using it as wall art. I also attached a picture of his awesome '63 Sprint!

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  21. Andy D
    Joined: Jan 7, 2021
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    Andy D

    Love what you’re doing and looking forward to the suspension being fitted. I recently bought a 64 2 door hardtop futura and have been reading up on different suspensions systems to use. I look forward to see how you progress.
    Good Luck
     
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  22. safetythird
    Joined: Feb 26, 2014
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    I'm watching too, as my 62 was smooshed and I'm building another one. I like that brace you bought.
     
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  23. Phoenix24
    Joined: Nov 21, 2019
    Posts: 143

    Phoenix24

    I got a little 60 with a 302, can't wait to see where this goes!

    Sent from my SM-G981V using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
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  24. Phipplet
    Joined: Jun 12, 2020
    Posts: 55

    Phipplet

    The front Varishock Coilovers arrived today! I now have everything to put the front suspension together.


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  25. Phipplet
    Joined: Jun 12, 2020
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    Phipplet

    Hello all! Sorry it has been awhile, but life happens. Here's what I've gotten done today. Using the template from Global West I drilled out 9/16" holes for the "Shelby drop." I then installed the Global West upper control arms. Then installed the lower control arms. (The lower control arms are temporary, I'm going to be putting Global West tubular lower control arms on soon.) Then I assembled the Chris Alston's Chassiworks Varishock coilovers. Installed them with the support brace. Enjoy the pictures!

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  26. caper
    Joined: Jun 12, 2009
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    caper
    Member
    from Cape Cod

    very nice - car will be a blast to drive !
     
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  27. Phipplet
    Joined: Jun 12, 2020
    Posts: 55

    Phipplet

    Okay, today I finished installing the Global West adjustable strut bars and sway bar. I also had to flip the coilover towers with the support brace. This allows me to easily remove the support brace for engine install / removal. Next, I'm installing 5 lug disc brakes up front. Enjoy the pictures.
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  28. Is this what you call a restomod?
     
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  29. GreMac
    Joined: Feb 11, 2008
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    GreMac
    Member
    from Colorado

    Cool build.
     
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  30. Phipplet
    Joined: Jun 12, 2020
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    Phipplet

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