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Old 07-15-2007, 10:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lite Makes Mite - 1966 Falcon Front End

Here are some steps I took to detail and lighten up the front suspension pieces on my 1966 Falcon drag car. Pictures read from left to right.

Pictures 1 and 2
The first step was to remove all the factory undercoating under the front aprons, shock towers, and under the front fenders. A scraper, heat gun, and lots of elbow grease were used. It was then sprayed with Ford Gray urethane. The removed undercoating weighed 12 lbs.

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I removed the heavy finned 10 x 2 1/2" drums and replaced them with 10 x 1 3/4" rear drums and shoes. The hubs were lightened on a lathe and some extra holes were drilled. The drums are now a slip on style, and 7 lbs. lighter per side.

Pictures 4 and 5
The backing plates were vetilated with a 1" Uni-bit. The spindles had all the unnecessary forging flash removed with a sanding disc. The tubular LCA's and adjustable strut rods saved approximately 12 lbs. per side.

Picture 6
The upper control arm had all the unwanted weight removed with a plasma cutter, and then I went at it with the Uni-bit. Total weight savings on the front end is app. 50 lbs.
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Old 08-01-2007, 12:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks! 50 lbs and basically no costs but your time. I like it.
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Old 08-14-2007, 11:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Where did you get the LCA's or did you fabricate them yourself?
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I built them myself.
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