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CHEAP and Great Alternative Coil Springs '49 thru '59 Ford and Merc

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Fairlane Dave, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. Lono
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    dropped the aerostar springs in, Cordoba front shocks and 73 camaro shocks out back.

    In total, it dropped the front 3 inches over the original ( worn out springs)
    and 7 in the rear with 4 inch lowering blocks. It still has a in rake.

    It drives out real nice, corners fine and no bumping around.

    I'm running 205 75 15's and the motor is a 302.

    A good thread, thank for starting it.

    This weekend I'm doing my fairlane the same way.. its running a 390, will be interesting to see the difference.
     

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  2. carnut341
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    I used these on my 53 Ford and they work great! Car rides like new and steers better than it did with the cut coils.
     
  3. rustdodger
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    probasbly not the MOPARS with torsion bar suspension
     
  4. lockwoodkustoms
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    I am going to get them for my 51 Merc Woody
     
  5. Here's a picture of my 1950 with Ford Aerostar coils in front, and 3" lowering blocks in the back with 51 shackles for 1" more drop and one leaf spring taken off.

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  6. BAD ROD
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    I put the Ford Aerostar springs on my '59 Ranchero and many hundreds of miles. I like them. Nice and low and they ride better than the stock springs with 1.5 coils cut. Plus they are inexpensive!

    Mike
     

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  7. Lono
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    The coils improved the ride of the ranchero so much I did the fairlane as well.
    My fairlane runs a 390 auto and had a sloppy ride into the corners. That's all cleaned up now. It's 3 inches lower ( 4 inches in rear). Here's a before and after... ( I stuck me in to give an idea of ride height, I'm 6 foot).

    If you're thinking of doing it.... do it!
     

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  8. Strange Agent
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  9. rafael
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    I alos installed the aerostar coils and the 5821 shocks up front, looks good except there a loud clunk on slow deceleration, i rechecked everything and all is tight, any suggestions?
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  10. chillywilly
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    Aerostar coil swere great! Imagine my surprise when the MOnroe PN5821 shock had the wrong mounting plate on the bottom and didn't "bolt in"

    ?????
     
  11. Man i am glad i found this, Ive been looking for an alternative to cut springs.
     
  12. Javier
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  13. elrobo818
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    has someone tried this... and then maybe cut a coil or half a coil to make it a little lower? what do you guys think?
     
  14. rafael
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    i've done it, but your def. right either lower the front a skosh more with coils cut or maybe some of them blocks under the spring support. just to make it sit level. instead of back to nose high attitude.
     
  15. elrobo818
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    did you cut coils after the swap rafael? i might do that... i think there should still be enough travel and dont think the ride will be compromised... anybody else have any feed back on this?
     
  16. rafael
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    elrobo, im looking at it now and with the blocks in the back, and the coils (uncut) in the front it still has a slight nose high stance. i think i should have either cut a coil off or perhaps dissasemble the lower control arm coil set (sorry i don't know the nomenclature of that piece) and install 1'' square tubing to lower the nose a bit more that way.
    right now the ride is not compromised, i think it could use just a skosh bit more lowering in the front. other than that it rides nice.
    hope it helps
    Rafael
     
  17. FE2dr352
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    I was looking for some new springs for my 59 and found your post. Was your car a V8 car? Mine was a 6cylinder and will have a period 352 in the next few weeks. The original springs leave some to be desired even with the 6. I don't believe a 352 with an aluminum intake manifold is much heavier then a Y block. :)
     
  18. lockwoodkustoms
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    Bob you used the aerostar springs and everything was good ?
     
  19. lockwoodkustoms
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    Has anyone else dropped there Merc using an alternative set of springs?
     
  20. general gow
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    daddy-o's-diner did on his '54. you can pm him for his opinion, but i believe he is pleased.
     
  21. lockwoodkustoms
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    I am wondering about using them on a 1951 Merc wagon?
     
  22. ScottyB
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    Thanks for the great information. I just got done installing the springs and shocks recommended in the first post. A few of the posts above seem to indicate that they wont work on a Merc but they worked out perfect for us. Went for a good 40 mile drive and the ride quality is real good. The rear has 3.5" of lowering blocks. Here are a couple pics.

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  23. lockwoodkustoms
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  24. ScottyB
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    Here is a picture of the box :)

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  25. lockwoodkustoms
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    ScottyB you used the Aerostar springs that they mentioned in the first page?
     
  26. ScottyB
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    Yes, we got them at Advance, took only 1 day to get them shipped in.

    When you take the old springs out and compare them to the new springs you will say to yourself "no-way" because they are so much shorter. We took the a-arm loose near the center of the car using the four bolts that go through the cross member then lowered the arm with the jack, really easy. I also took the the snubbers off the lower arms.
     
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  27. desertdroog
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    Kind of like this:

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  28. general gow
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    scotty, that sits soooo nice. wow.

     
  29. 49 Mercury
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    I have a 49 Mercury with a Jamco ball joint front end on order. will the Aerostar coils be compatable with this kit?
     
  30. lockwoodkustoms
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    Thanks Scotty, I have to do this
     

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