New rear sway bar for 71

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  1. grebaba

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    Just ordered a 3/4 inch Addco rear sway bar kit from Jegs for the 71. I hope it works well with the Calvert Traction bars and mono leafs.
    Cost was $189.06 with free shipping.
    Greg
     
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  2. grebaba

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    This turned out to be the hardest job on the Ranchero and I have done coil overs,hydro boost, calvert suspension with mono leafs etc mainly because I needed a tool I didn't have.
    The install is pertly straight forward but i had a heck of a time drilling the 4 holes to mount the link to the bar.
    There isn't much room to get a drill and a bit between the spring and the body to drill the holes. You will need a 90 degree angle head drill to make this an easy job. I just didn't want to spend $300.00 plus to drill 4 holes. I used a uni bit to clear the spring and body.
    On the right side of the frame Ford put a reinforcement plate on the inside of the frame and it took me 2 hour's to drill this one hole. The other 3 holes took 2 hours for both of them. Be sure to buy new drill bits as it would help.
    Well enough of my winning.
    Greg
     
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    These Rancheros need specialy trained mechanics-YOUR specialy trained Now :D
     
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    Post Pics please.
     
  5. grebaba

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    My old camera has broke and I haven't replaced it yet. I will post some pictures as soon as I get another camera.
    I am well trained on rear sway bars now.
    Greg
     
  6. uk ranchero

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    been thinking about fitting one, how does it change the ride?
     
  7. TestDummy

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    I did some slaloms in the Costco parking lot the other day, and I'm not sure what good a sway bar would do in the rear, because the springs back there are pretty stiff.
     
  8. grebaba

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    Can't tell you how it handles yet because I am still building the car but on my 55 it made a big difference going around curves.
    On the 55 we have a double s curve in a country road north of me. Without the rear bar I could only take the curves at 72 mph before the rear of the car started pushing. With the rear bar I can take the same curve at 88 before it gets on the edge.
    It also helps at the drags on launch. A lot better launch and lower 60 foot times.
    Greg
     
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  9. grebaba

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    I ordered a new camera but it won't be in till next week but I found an old cell phone That can take pictures.
    Ignore the mess on the rear as I still have a lot of clean up work to do on the rear.
    Here are the pictures, but I had some trouble getting a good angle to take them so bear with me.
     

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    looks like I have the bar upside down. I was looking at another forum and it shows the bar on the bottom of the rear end.
    I read the directions that came with the bar and it shows the bar on top of the rear so that is how I installed it.
    I guess I will turn it over.
    Hope it mathces the holes I have all ready drilled.
    Greg
     
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    If the instructions show the bar on top, then I would suggest that you contact the manufacturer. It may very well be that the guy on the other forum installed it incorrectly, or for a different application, and yours is fine.

    Joseph
     
  12. grebaba

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    I am going to call them. The guy on the other forum posted a stock rear bar on a 73 Torino.
    I have seen them installed both ways so I want it done right.
    That is what had me a little worried.
    Greg
     
  13. grebaba

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    Called and it does go on top of the axle.
    Glad of that because I wasn't looking forward to drilling new holes.
    Greg
     
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    I was wondering about the location, because up top is where the exhaust is supposed to go. Would probably still work, though.
     
  15. grebaba

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    It would be a tight fit. I am going to exit my exhaust in front of the rear tires so I think I will be OK on that score.
    Greg
     
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    You probably already know this ... but there was no stock location or mounts for a rear sway bar. It will always be a custom installation.
     
  17. grebaba

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    Yeah
    I knew that when I ordered the bar, but I didn't expect to have this much trouble drilling the mounting holes.
    I don't mind because every car I have had a rear bar on handled much better and since I have replaced the whole suspension in the front and rear I figured why not go all the way.
    I am really looking forward to taking it to Hallett raceway [road race course] next year and seeing exactly what it will do.
    I don't expect it to be a sports car but want better handling and braking.
    Greg
     
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    I'm going to weigh my Ranchero on Friday, rain willing. I bet it's 70% front/30% rear, which is perfect for a road course.
     
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    Let me know what your weights are. I took about 400 pounds out of my Ranchero but won't know for sure untill I get it running.
    Should have the engine and tranny in next week but will have to a wait a bit because I will need to order a driveshaft.
    Greg
     

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