Drivetrain Calculations

FOLLOW US SHARINGToday, I dropped off the rear axle to get it rebuilt, powder coated, and reinforced. It is the original 9″ rearend, with 2.75 gear ratio. I will post the details of that build when I get it. But I will say I am changing the ratio to 4.10:1. In order to figure out the whole drivetrain, I did a quick search online for a drivetrain calculator and came across this here. I am giving all credit to the author. I just took it and modified it to fit the resto-mod I am doing, add a few formatting and […]

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Front Power Disk Brake Installation

FOLLOW US SHARINGWith the suspension in place, it was time to get to the brake assembly. I had spent some time online and talking to Roger at Rod and Custom to make sure I get the right setup to work with the suspension I had just installed. I decided to go with Wilwood. you can’t go wrong with a reputable company. A little pricier than other options, but I preferred the piece of mind rather than cost for selecting the brake assembly. The front kit I went with is the Forged Narrow Superlite 6R Big Brake Front Brake Kit (Hub and […]

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Installing the Independent Front Suspension (IFS) and the Rack and Pinion Steering

FOLLOW US SHARINGNow that everything is setup, I am going to go ahead and install the front suspension. Like I said in earlier posts, the documentation was very well written and clear. So it is a matter of having the right tools and going through the instructions. Few things missing which I was missing when I started, I was able to get at Amazon. Loctite and a nicer torque wrench than the one I had. I went with a TEKTON. Nice tool, does the job, comes in a hard plastic case for storage when you are not using it. The rest […]

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Prepping and painting the front end

FOLLOW US SHARINGThe panels welded to cover the gap the removal of the shock tower created were all grinded down, smoothed, and bondo applied on them to get the finish needed before painting. This took about 2 or 3 full days. Between applying the bondo, waiting for it to dry, sanding it from 80 grit to 600 grit, and missing a spot, starting over, and so on… This was my first time doing any sort of body work. Not too back although time consuming.   Done! Time to install the suspension components. FOLLOW US SHARING

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Installing the front suspension

FOLLOW US SHARINGThe Rod & Custom front suspension is a weld-in. And given the decision to put a Coyote in the car, I had to remove the shock towers to make room for the beast. I ventured and bought myself a plasma cutter to quickly be able to cut the metal and get the area cleaned up. The shock towers needed to go, the brackets removed and the area cleaned to be prepared for the welding. For the welding, I got ahold of a local welder (came highly recommended) and was indeed excellent. He came in, finished the area prep […]

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