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  1. #21
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    Well, at least something is starting to go right on the Galaxie...finally.

  2. #22
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    Quote Originally Posted by stilltrying View Post
    I've got hydroboost brakes on my suburban, not too impressed with it though. When the serpentine belt broke I lost power steering, water pump, a/c, alternator power and the brakes INSTANTLY. The steering was just really really heavy but the brakes were next to useless, would much rather have a servo assist than hydroboost anyday, having said that if you don't have any power assist at present then a hydroboost system is far better than nothing
    Definitely a downer when you lose the drive belts but with the cam that it will eventually get back in it there isn't enough vacuum to drive a vac based system and after looking at the alternatives and my neighbor about to scrap a chevy pickup with the required parts it kind of fell into place.

  3. #23
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    Fair enough, better than no assist at all. The alternative I assume would be a vacuum pump but I believe they can be a bit noisy.

  4. #24
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    During a recent diagonal land based trip down to the Flyover Zone Denise, my co-pilot and I side tripped to a farmers back 40 to "repurpose" some parts from what used to be a '65 mustang but soon destined to be turned into Toyota parts. Upstream I had mentioned that for some reason I found it necessary to remove the strut brackets from under my project mustang and later found it necessary to reinstall reproduction parts in their place and soon found that the reproduction parts were not dimensionally comparable to the OE stuff.

    So anyhow I tried doing some grinding:



    which proved insufficient to get bearing retainers in place:



    so we ended up cutting this from the donor:



    to repurpose these after a little reinforcing welding:



    that finally allowed the installation of the Ride Tech components which have been languishing on my shelf since 2012:

    Last edited by femurphy77; 10-06-18 at 03:17 PM.

  5. #25
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    Starting to get the control arms and steering linkage trial fit.



  6. #26
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    Looking quite tidy.
    Been finding out myself that some of this 'reproduction' stuff isnt fitting as it should too.
    This is gonna be neat when you get done...

  7. #27
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    Finished dummying in the left coilover. Everything has fit quite nicely save for some minor "tweaking" here and there because we're installing precision engineered parts into a production chassis of which several million were built at different facilities using jigs with varying amounts of wear! I'm currently waiting on my new pitman arm and roller bearing idler arm and then the steering linkage will be in. In the meantime I'll get the hubs fit up and see if I can't get this thing down on wheels and let it at least look more car like for awhile!


  8. #28
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    Coming along nicely, as for buying stuff that doesn't fit correctly, well that just seams to be the norm nowadays. I bought an ali sump for a 350 chevy, they must have sold thousands of these things but believe it or not I have had to file out all but four of the bolt holes so that they line up with the block, how the hell they can get that so wrong is beyond me!!!

  9. #29
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    Some more suspension porn:

    My brake components came from Kore 3 and utilize C5 calipers and rotors which in turn bolts to the Ride Tech spindles. I'm told the only difference between the standard C5 and Z06 is the Z06 calipers are a little more rigid in design.






    This is a C5 rear tire/wheel combo strictly being used for clearance checks. It has about 7-7 1/2 inches of back space where I'll be using a 5 to 6 inch backspace wheel. I have some 2 inch spacers I'll be using with the C5 combo for movement around the shop until I commit to the wheel of choice.

    I still need to get the rotors but haven't decided on a one piece or two piece design. Probably go with the two piece design as it's lighter which shouldn't be an issue for my use but since they weigh considerably less then naturally they have to cost considerably more!



  10. #30
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    CORVETTE calipers on a Mustang?!?
    roller bearing idler sounds neat too. looking really nice.

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