1962 Comet Build Thread

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"The previous owner used some homemade shackles in the rear and now I think I know why. The mustang leaf springs must be a little longer than stock Comet springs. I put the leaf spring back on using one of the standard shackles and with just a little load from a jack the back the leaf spring hits the body of the car. Geez. So now I have to decide how to fix it. Long shackles versus new springs versus 4 link..... "

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The mustang leaf springs must be a little longer than stock Comet springs. I put the leaf spring back on using one of the standard shackles and with just a little load from a jack the back the leaf spring hits the body of the car. Geez. So now I have to decide how to fix it.
When you say hits the body of the car,,, i dont follow?
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See images. The previous owner used the Mustang springs and drilled new holes in the frame rails and used a homemade set of shackles. The problem is the wear surface was metal on metal. It might work for while but not long. I put a stock shackle in the OEM location and when the spring gets loaded it hits the frame rail.

I think I have come to the conclusion that its time to purchase a new set of leaf springs. The car has always set a little uneven and maybe this will fix it. See images below.

The stock mounting location and the new holes where the shackles were bolted in place.
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So the new hole is 6 1/2'' away from the old one? (the smaller hole cant be for shackles,too small & no sleeve)
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The small hole in the image was the new hole that was drilled. The homemade shackles were bolted at that spot. Its about 2 inches from the stock location. I just ordered some new springs from Eaton. The nice part is that I spoke with them and they are making the U bolts to fit the Ford 8.8 rather than a stock Comet axle. It should be here in about 3 weeks. Stay safe.

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oh k gotcha. yea that would have twisted & wallered out the frame with no sleeve in there especially with no rubber bushing. good thing you noticed & fixing it!
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Just got the leaf springs in today. Comparing the new ones to an old one the new ones are 7.5 inches shorter but also a greater arch. I think they will work but I do have a question. The front mounting point has a large hole and then a large washer thing that presses against it. Does that seem correct? It looks like it came from the factory that way rather than having a rigid mount on both sides. See images. Let me know if this is typical. Its a little different than the Jeeps that I have done.
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Looks stock to me but its been a while since mine was stock
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Thanks Fred. I think its stock. I expected it to be 2 rigid surfaces and it looks like the spring can move around a little at this spot maybe for turning corners.

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I think the spring gets a lot of its strength where it goes through the frame, the other part is sort of a gusset/outrigger. I think it needs to flex some as the suspension moves.

I am like Fred and I am not stock anymore but I am using that same connecting point for my triangulated four-link lower bar, just have an end joint there instead of a spring eye bushing.

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That must be an early thing,65's dont have that big washer. I wouldn't want any movement there on mine.with fat tires I want no movement if possible,to keep from tires rubbing in tight quarters.

Measure on the bottoms of the leaf springs eye to eye & see if they are the same.
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In this factory drawing they appear to be there.
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Fred did yours have them? I bet yours look like mine. If all the stats were alike they probably used an old diagram.

here is a pic of my parts car frames that I put on my car,you can tell it always had a smaller washer & nut .
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Your right! I just looked at the 64 drawing looks the same. So they used the earlier chassis drawing and it looks to have a large washer under the nut. I think its a reinforcement , probably spot welded on to stop any movement.
Not sure about mine,, its been too long but it was probably same as yours.
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Thanks for the help guys. It looks just like the drawing so that confirms its factory. A little bummed. I talked to the shop working on the Ford 8.8 and its gonna be another 2-3 weeks. Just gonna try to finish what I can for the next couple weeks. Any opinions on Mufflers? I am thinking Flowmaster 40's cause that seems to be middle ground between comfort and noise. Any input appreciated.

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