1964-65 Leaf Springs

Discussion in 'Ranchero Tech Help' started by Porkchop, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. Porkchop

    Porkchop In First Gear

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    Gentlemen,

    I’m hoping you can answer a question I have regarding leaf springs. I have seen several bits of conflicting or unclear information and I’m hoping someone here has some personal experience.

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    Will leaf springs from a 1964-½ - 1966 mustang function on a 1965 Ranchero?



    I have read that mustang leafs can work on 64-65 falcon coupes and sedans, but alters the ride height a bit. However, I believe that falcon wagons and Rancheros share leaf springs that differ from those of the coupe/sedans. "How much different are they?", I suppose is the important question.

    I have done some perusing Eaton Detroit Spring’s website and the part numbers are indeed different (no real surprise). They are the same width, and the ‘improved handling’ mustang leaf has a ‘110 rate’ and the Ranchero is listed as a ‘120 rate’. As I’m sure you all know, there are a heck of a lot more options offered for mustang springs than for the Ranchero, so knowing that I could use Mustang springs would give a lot more options when re-doing my rear suspension this summer.

    Thanks in advance for all input!
    Chris
     
  2. 5.0 Chero

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    I believe the length is different
     
  3. beerbelly

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  4. Porkchop

    Porkchop In First Gear

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    Thank for the input, guys!

    I guess I should clarify why I'm on this quest. My goal is to make the ole 'chero handle really well. Mike Maier Inc. has a pretty slick front suspension setup that works for 64-65 falcons and rancheros, they also make a particular design of leaf springs that are supposedly really good at eliminating wheel-hop. Trying not to use traction bars as they're detrimental to proper suspension travel. If you're interested, short video demonstration:



    If I can't find a good wheel-hop mitigating leaf spring, I think I may have to start shopping for a 3-link coil-over kind of setup.
     
  5. PonyExpressRider

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    I will check my parts manual after work today... Station Wagons usually work... but many Mustang, Falcon, Comet, will cross over. But let me double check.

    Wheel hop was a concern for me as well... went with the original springs, with a good set of coil overs. Got a nice rack, and no wheel hop!
     
  6. Porkchop

    Porkchop In First Gear

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    Thanks, I'd appreciate that!
     
  7. Dark Side Tom

    Dark Side Tom In Second Gear BRONZE MEMBER

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    No surprise that the wagon and Ranchero share leaf springs. I believe 60-65 Cheros were made from 2 door wagons. That's why rear seat foot wells are under the removable bed plate behind the cab!

    DST
     
  8. handy_andy_cv64

    handy_andy_cv64 In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    Point of history: ccording to my Ranchero book, every MY ranchero shared body panels with the wagons, which was a Ford cost-cutting measure.
     
  9. PonyExpressRider

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    OK!!! For 1960-1964... took me a while to find where they hid rear suspension... it was at the end of the exhaust section...
     

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  10. PonyExpressRider

    PonyExpressRider In Overdrive

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    1965-1972

    Looks like you may have some options... Included 66-71 assembly just in case

    General Information is posted in the Ford Parts Manual 1965-1972 under Ranchero Tech, if you need help breaking down the parts numbers
     

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