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Technical Where to buy suspension parts for '62 Galaxie ??

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by 48coupe, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. Before I order front suspension parts, front disc brake kits, booster//master cyl. , etc
    I have Macs & Summit catalogs BUT what I don't know is what is the "best buy -- best parts"to use for a 1962 Galaxie ?? :confused: What I do know is that you HAMBERS have enough experience so that you can recommend the best and save me countless hrs. searching to find the answers. Thank a bunch. :)
  2. steinauge
    Joined: Feb 28, 2014
    Posts: 1,507

    from 1960

    You will be surprised at how many suspension/steering parts your local NAPA store can get for your old Ford.You can also get pretty much anything for it brake\steering\suspension wise from Kanter auto parts,but be prepared to pay for them!
  3. marvbarrish
    Joined: Dec 23, 2007
    Posts: 205

    from SoCal

    Grab yourself a Hemmings Motor News Magazine. There's tons of advertisers in there that can help supply you with almost anything.
  4. What he said...also Dearborn Classics, Dennis Carpentar, and believe it or not eBay..

  5. Since I am replacing most everything going from drum to disc I would like to get a kit. It would make ordering parts much easier. Is there any brand name I should look for ?? Summit, SSBC, Right Stuff., Currie, etc. ?? For the brake booster//master cyl. and the pwr steering I think Ford will probably be the best.
  6. tommyd
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 11,330

    from South Indy

    Take a look at Scarebirds stuff for the disc brake conversion. The one I bought for my 64 fit real nice.
  7. eBay has a booster and master for under 200 bucks and a disc brake kit for around 400
  8. Moog carries a lot of parts for those Fords, but not all. PST has just about everything you need. Upper shaft kits are scarce at times, but the bushings are around. AVOID buying parts that are made in China or places like India.

    Brakes, Scarebird for sure. Wilwood makes a very nice conversion kit as well.
  9. Mike51Merc
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 3,852


    I hate to say this, but it's like grocery shopping. One store has milk for less and the other has bread for less. If you want to save money, you have to spend time shopping around.
  10. aaggie
    Joined: Nov 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,531


    Don't forget to check WWW.ROCKAUTO.COM, I've had good luck getting old car parts from them.
  11. I definitely don't want China/India parts. :eek: I haven't had time to ck ebay but will, $400. sounds awfully cheap compared to some that sell for $800. I don't mind spending a little more as long as I am getting quality USA parts. I can get the '62 going but I want to be sure I also can get it stopped. I'm going to do some ck'n & comparing now & get something ordered.
  12. Greasy59
    Joined: Oct 12, 2011
    Posts: 9


    We've been using Napa for almost everything on our 59' Fords. Parts are great and not too expensive. We had to catalog order lower ball joints but that's the only thing they haven't carried so far in the past 15 years.
  13. tommyd
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 11,330

    from South Indy

    I know that my Kanter suspension parts had a lot of China stuff included. Kind of bummed about it but it did all fit.
  14. Just checked the bay...disc brakes with a dual mc for 449.00 if ya want a booster it's another hundo
  15. Check with "ABS Brakes" out of Orange Cali. Their kits are decent and prices not bad. They offer brake and steering kits. Dearborn Classics have a lot of the suspension pieces for your 62' as well
  16. I used Kanter for my Rocketbird and a year later had a squeak……found most of the rubber was shot.
    Very disappointed, and now having to do the job again.
    Did I mention how I hate to do things twice! :rolleyes:
  17. mikhett
    Joined: Jan 22, 2005
    Posts: 1,409

    from jackson nj

    I got parts for my 62 500 xl from Rock AUTO.
  18. hotrod428
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 287


    I sell a front disc brake kit for your car. Check out the FB-2 kit will fit your 62.
  19. I used hotrod428's kit on my '62 Monterey (same chassis as your Galaxie). It works quite well and was easy to install. Master cylinder and booster came from Master Power Brakes.

    For bushings and ball joints, I ordered everything from Mac's. That was before Eckler's bought out Mac's and merged them with Dearborn Classics. At the time, the local Auto Value couldn't get upper A-arm or anti-sway bar bushings. I don't know if Mac's suppliers have changed due to the Eckler buyout.

    Steering is a home built GM J-Body rack and pinion conversion. That works and drives really well, but you do lose some turning radius without modifying the spindles (something to consider with a 20 ft long land yacht).


  20. homealone
    Joined: Jun 1, 2008
    Posts: 13

    from texas

    I able to find the best prices on Ebay and Amazon for the suspension parts, mostly Moog, on my 62. As for brakes, 77 T-Bird spindles and disc brakes and 78 Lincoln Mark V for the hydro-boost system.
  21. I had a terrible time with your kit on my '59 last year. The caliper would not fit through the ears on the bracket without some machining. It looked like the plasma cutting start-stop point was in a bad place. The welded on lugs were improperly spaced and had to be forced open for the hardware to attach to my spindles. The faces of the lugs were not close to parallel with the plane of the brackets, again, the Bridgeport to the rescue. I took .030 off one of them.

    A word of advice, make the welded lugs as something you can lightly press into the bracket, then spot weld them in place. A threaded bung would be optimal and take care of the alignment issues. You really need some sort of checking device to make sure your product will fit without the problems I encountered.

    So without a power press, measuring and machining capabilities, I would have not been able to install your product on my car.
  22. Did you use the whole unit from top ball joint to the bottom from the '77 Bird ?? My suspension is solid as new so there is no reason for me to change out the ball joints. I'll just get a disc brake kit.
    I do have another question - most of the booster/MC kits have an 8" booster, the original booster in my car is a 9". What that tells me is that with disc brakes I don't need as large a booster. A 8" is sufficient. Right ?? o_O
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2015

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