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Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / late model drivetrain swap
« on: January 05, 2010, 05:59:55 AM »
OK...Excellent. I will write them...

Tech- - STEERING WHEELS AND SUSPENSION / rack and pinion?
« on: January 05, 2010, 05:35:48 AM »
Ok. Decided to stick with the stock torsion bar suspension, but I am still not a fan of the steering...Anyone done or heard of a rack and pinion upgrade? I have been looking at the custom length setups, which would give me the exact geometry needed to keep bump steer at bay...Anyone have any experience with this?

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / late model drivetrain swap
« on: January 05, 2010, 05:27:38 AM »
The reason the tank uses it is because it has tracks and they had to come up with some solutions to keep up with the weight, although strickly speaking the tank setup is not the same as it is a transverse setup that links the road wheels from one side to the other...I don't doubt that torsion bars are better in heavy duty/truck setups, which is why most new trucks have them. Changing a torsion bar on a tank is a LOT harder than on the car as well...Ask me how I know
That being said, I can't find any parts for my particular application, from anyone...Just Suspension, Firm Feel, PST....None of them have my exact application. What cars have suspensions that interchange? I can't really call right now, given my current deployed status...Has anyone actually gotten parts for a 62 full size from any of these companies?

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / late model drivetrain swap
« on: January 04, 2010, 04:16:25 PM »
Ok....First off, the 3500 is for the engine and trans. The front suspension is 1700. If the car won't handle it then it won't. I am not set on anything, I just have ideas that I wanted to get opinions on. I kind of figured that I would get this response, but forums are for discussion....I am not trying to ruffle anyones feathers, just trying to figure out the best way to upgrade a suspension with very little aftermarket support....
And I realize in the future that I should keep all of my ideas and questions in different posts to keep things more clear....
Lastly, I tend to hotrod stuff, not restore stuff....Sorry

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / late model drivetrain swap
« on: January 04, 2010, 06:34:20 AM »
Kind of the response I was expecting...Let me be clearer than I have been. When I say mustang II, I mean that style, not the actual components. I had fully planned on using parts that are beefy enough to keep up with a heavier car. Also, I hadn't planned on a half ass cut and hack. Fully boxing the frame, and adding subframe connectors was all in the plan. The kit that I have been looking at from Heidts comes with new brakes and a rack and pinion, so when I say it will be cheaper, I have done the research to know that it will be. I need a complete rebuild of all the steering and suspension components, plus a swap of the brakes is in order. The reason for going the way I was going is not only to upgrade the brakes, not only find a way around the torsion bars that I cannot find replacements for, not only replace the failing suspension components, but also upgrade all of the steering at the same time. Since the engine would already be out for a longinsh period of time as I swap in a latemodel engine and tranny combo, I might as well do everything all at once. So time isn't an issue. As for money, I sourced a complete pullout for 3500 that comes with the tranny and engine plus EVERYTHING to make them work. As for time or hassle, I want the BEST components, whatever that may be. If the chassis really can't take it, then I will look at different options, but the tortion bars and old stearing and brakes aren't offering much in the way of upgrades....

Tech- - Engine / New Hemi VS 440 Big Block
« on: December 30, 2009, 06:25:35 PM »
Sounds like the way to go....I was thinking of gettting the entire package, with all the computers and wiring and swapping it all in at the same time....

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / New 5 speed overdrive auto, or 727?
« on: December 30, 2009, 06:24:02 PM »
Electonics aren't a huge road race mustang has lots of electronic stuff on it, and it give me all the manual tranny I would ever want....I just want a nice cruising laid back big car.

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / New 5 speed overdrive auto, or 727?
« on: December 30, 2009, 05:50:18 PM »
Split from another thread...I am looking to get more seat of the pants and more economy from my 62 Newport...I need to rebuild my tranny anyway, so I was looking at upgrading or modifying my current setup...SO how hard is it going to be to swap in a latemodel 5 speed auto into my current setup? Will it even come close to mating up to the 361? What about a gear vendors unit behind a 727? I really want to go overdrive, and am just looking into options....Anyone done this?

Tech- - Engine / New Hemi VS 440 Big Block
« on: December 30, 2009, 05:43:52 PM »
Split from thread in drivtrain: I am planning on upgrading my 361 to something with more grunt, and I would really like to go fuel injection for drivability...So I was thinking latemodel Hemi with the multi port EFI out of a newer car or truck...OR I could get a 440 or the like, and upgrade with a FAST EFI kit or something like that. In the end, the kits would probably be about the same amount of money, but the Hemi swap would be much more work. I am looking for about 350-400 horsepower, and economy is a factor although not a make or break...Thoughts?

Tech- - STEERING WHEELS AND SUSPENSION / Mustang II in 62 newport?
« on: December 30, 2009, 05:38:00 PM »
OK. A split from another thread in drivetrain....I am planning a Mustang II front suspension swap on my 62 Newport...It will cost less to do this swap than to get new tortion bars, a complete front suspension upgrade/rebuild, and a front disk brake swap. The kit I am looking at has new disk brakes, and the Mustang II is a suspension I am familiar with....Also, this suspension has lots more space for exhaust and other stuff....Anyone done something similar? Thoughts? Bring on the hate

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / late model drivetrain swap
« on: December 30, 2009, 05:32:25 PM »
Well bolt in is nice, but I am not overly concerned with that. I can do a lot of custom work myself, and given the amount of stuff to fix on this car, I kind of have to anyway. I know I will probably get flamed for it given the nature or this forum, but I am already planning a Mustang II front suspension swap for this car in the near future. If I factor in the cost of reduoing the whole front suspension, getting new tortion bars, and upgrading to front disks, its actually cheaper to go with a Mustang II....So fabrication and swaps don't scare me, even if there aren't parts available...I guess I will just have to look into the costs involved with all the different swaps. I have LOTS of time, and a little less money, so a loong swap process isn't an issue....I will split this up into some smaller threads when I get the chance....I am sure lots of people will have lots to say about my suspension swap....

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / late model drivetrain swap
« on: December 30, 2009, 04:16:18 PM »
Ok. So seems like the consensus is that I should stick with what I got rather than do the swap. I am a hotrodder more than a restorer, so you guys need to convince me. So shifting gears with this thread, what are the reasons I shouldn't do the swap, and what kind of upgrades are available for what I have to give me better economy while retaining the power. I am tracking a rearend swap for somthing numerically lower (2.73 range), but are there any tranny's that will fit in to give it overdrive? Or do I have to fit a gear vendors...What are the best sources for rebuild kits for the 361? I know this thread probably belongs in a different category now, but I don't know how to do that    Oh and just so everyone is tracking, the car is a 62 Newport with a 361, a button shifted tranny (727?), and a rearend of unknown numerical value (its high)...

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / late model drivetrain swap
« on: December 30, 2009, 07:38:46 AM » electronic ignition, on a new distributor....

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / late model drivetrain swap
« on: December 30, 2009, 07:37:01 AM »
Did the seafoam thing, and an electronic distributor was one of the first things I swapped. It also has a dual exhaust that is free flowing now, as well as an aluminum manifold and small four barrel carb. I run it on the freeway, but as I said, its roaring at 70. Even at 60 I have to push her to maintain speed....The gears just aren't cut out for highway cruising...I can't help but thinking that a swap to modern mulit port EFI, an overdrive trans, and changing the rear gears would net better economy and reliability than I have now....Plus the great throttle response of EFI is something to get used too....

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / late model drivetrain swap
« on: December 29, 2009, 07:20:44 PM »
The guy that had the car before me did some stuff to it...undocumented, poor workmanship stuff...Like wierd house paint skulls....Anyway, I am pulling 3800 rpm at 70 on the freeway, so I know the ratio is not stock....I also know that the engine and tranny need a rebuild, so since I would have to pull them anyway, and I am going to have deployment money burning a hole in my pocket, I figured I might go for some fuel injection, and a 5 speed automatic at the same time....My buddy get 20 MPG in his Dodge Ram Hemi Sport on the freeway, and that truck weight at least 5000 pounds....Plus he still has 350 horsepower on tap! Believe me though, the first thing getting changed is the rearend...I was always a fan of 2.73s....Nice highway cruising.

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