The rear springs on my old Ford were shot. They were soft and the ends had rusted to a razor thin edge. The packs were coming apart too. A previous owner dropped the back end with some 4" blocks. This combined with the sorry old springs lead to a lot of bottoming out, axle wrap, and a bouncy ride.
While cruising craigslist, I found a guy who was selling his Ford Shoebox project. Among his items were a pair of Posie's Super Slide #301 drop springs, bushings and late-model shackles. All for about $150 less than what it would have cost new. I bought them and tossed them into the trunk until a time when I could get around to installing them. These springs are meant to give a 3 inch drop below stock ride height and the late-model shackles get the car down another inch.
I finally found time, and decided to drive the Ford to the shop to install the suspension. While backing down the drive I hit the brakes and oops, the pedal went to the floor. Thankfully Hagerty insurance covered the cost of a tow and my car made it to the shop without issue.
Rather than messing with crusty old bolts I elected to cut the old ones out when I did the swap. I left the driveshaft in place and did one side at a time. The following video pretty shows the work in progress.
With everything installed and the Ford back down on its feet, I found that it actually raised the car and leveled it side to side. The driver's side was raised more than three inches! The bounce is gone too. The new springs look way more substantial than the ones I took off. I'm looking forward to getting the brakes sorted out so I can see how the new spring perform.
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