1966-Pro Street-Chevelle-Let's GET "ER" DONE!
Pete, Minnie, and Bruno try to bust out the primer, sandblaster, and block
sanding to get the Pro-Street, down the road to being finished.
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Full Tilt's Mustang II IFS Install Part 2
Part Two of Two - How to install Full TIlt Street Rod's Hub-to-Hub Mustang II IFS Suspension Kit,
including crossmember, upper and lower control arms, rack and pinion
steering, spindles, rotors and brake kit. More info at
Full Tilt's Mustang II IFS Install Part 1
Part one of two-how to install Full Tilt Street Rods Hub-Hub Mustang II IFS Suspension Kit,
Including crossmember, upper and lower control arms, rack and pinion
steering, spindles,rotors and brake kit. More info at fulltilt street
Model A Frame & IFS Build
Building a Model A perimeter frame with a Mustang II Independent Front
Suspension. This proven designed IFS doesn't require bubbled fenders and
it retains the Mustang II
geometry. Pick up a kit at www.classicrods.com.
Auto Mechanics: Truck Suspensions: "It Floats" 1935 Chevrolet 6min
more at http://auto-parts.quickfound.net/
Public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archive, slightly
cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild
video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise
reduction, clipping reduction, and equalization (the resulting sound,
though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).
Suspension is the term given to the system of springs, shock absorbers and
linkages that connects a vehicle to its wheels. Suspension systems serve a
dual purpose — contributing to the vehicle's roadholding/handling and
braking for good active safety and driving pleasure, and keeping vehicle
occupants comfortable and reasonably well isolated from road noise, bumps,
and vibrations,etc. These goals are generally at odds, so the tuning of
suspensions involves finding the right compromise. It is important for the
suspension to keep the road wheel in contact with the road surface as much
as possible, because all the forces acting on the vehicle do so through the
contact patches of the tires. The suspension also protects the vehicle
itself and any cargo or luggage from damage and wear. The design of front
and rear suspension of a car may be different...
Leaf springs have been around since the early Egyptians.
Ancient military engineers used leaf springs in the form of bows to power
their siege engines, with little success at first. The use of leaf springs
in catapults was later refined and made to work years later. Springs were
not only made of metal, a sturdy tree branch could be used as a spring,
such as with a bow.
Horse drawn vehicles
By the early 19th century, most British horse carriages were equipped with
springs; wooden springs in the case of light one-horse vehicles to avoid
taxation, and steel springs in larger vehicles. These were made of
low-carbon steel and usually took the form of multiple layer leaf springs.
The British steel springs were not well suited for use on America's rough
roads of the time, and could even cause coaches to collapse if cornered too
fast. In the 1820s, the Abbot Downing Company of Concord, New Hampshire
developed a system whereby the bodies of stagecoaches were supported on
leather straps called "thoroughbraces", which gave a swinging motion
instead of the jolting up and down of a spring suspension (the stagecoach
itself was sometimes called a "thoroughbrace")...
In 1901 Mors of Paris first fitted an automobile with shock absorbers. With
the advantage of a dampened suspension system on his 'Mors Machine', Henri
Fournier won the prestigious Paris-to-Berlin race on the 20th of June 1901.
Fournier's superior time was 11 hrs 46 min 10 sec, while the best
competitor was Léonce Girardot in a Panhard with a time of 12 hrs 15 min
In 1920, Leyland used torsion bars in a suspension system. In 1922,
independent front suspension was pioneered on the Lancia Lambda and became
more common in mass market cars from 1932...
The spring rate (or suspension rate) is a component in setting the
vehicle's ride height or its location in the suspension stroke. Vehicles
which carry heavy loads will often have heavier springs to compensate for
the additional weight that would otherwise collapse a vehicle to the bottom
of its travel (stroke). Heavier springs are also used in performance
applications where the loading conditions experienced are more extreme.
Springs that are too hard or too soft cause the suspension to become
ineffective because they fail to properly isolate the vehicle from the
road. Vehicles that commonly experience suspension loads heavier than
normal have heavy or hard springs with a spring rate close to the upper
limit for that vehicle's weight. This allows the vehicle to perform
properly under a heavy load when control is limited by the inertia of the
load. Riding in an empty truck used for carrying loads can be uncomfortable
for passengers because of its high spring rate relative to the weight of
the vehicle. A race car would also be described as having heavy springs and
would also be uncomfortably bumpy. However, even though we say they both
have heavy springs, the actual spring rates for a 2,000 lb (910 kg) race
car and a 10,000 lb (4,500 kg) truck are very different. A luxury car,
taxi, or passenger bus would be described as having soft springs. Vehicles
with worn out or damaged springs ride lower to the ground which reduces the
overall amount of compression available to the suspension and increases the
amount of body lean. Performance vehicles can sometimes have spring rate
requirements other than vehicle weight and load...