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  1. I had read this in an old post and when I replaced my switch last week, I was prepared to remove the new spring. The spring on the new switch has almost no resistance. The old spring was strong. If I hadn't have read the old post where you said to remove it all together, I would have replaced the new spring with the old spring as the new one appears too weak. Thanks, Jim.
  2. Bag over shock, or Shockwave on the front. You have to open up the spring pocket maybe a half inch on the outside of the frame on the spring pocket. Basically, just taking out the roll on the edge. Plastic lines and a single compressor. Thought two compressors was a waste, but now I wish I had used two. May fix this someday. I have to bring mine up all the way in front to get into my driveway, as it is is uphill, and I drag if I don't. Even all the way up, it is still about a 2-3" drop. Just can't get that heavy nailhead any higher. Not sure more air would help this, as the bags are maxed out. Even with those minor drawbacks, I still love my system.
  3. You can press the old slotted base out of the old shock and press it into the new shock. I have had to do this on 55-57 Chevys for years.
  4. Texas plate in the last picture of the dash. eBay used to tell you where the add was from. Now it takes some digging.
  5. Air Ride Technologies makes a couple of kits. Depends on what you want to spend and what you want to do. As Scott says, both feature bag over shock in the front and a separate bag/shock for the rear. You can go ala carte, or buy one of several complete kits. You can get a kit with micro switches that will level the ride. All depends on what you want the car to do and how much money you are willing to spend. These kits get pricey. If you just want to drop it, and don't need/want the adjustability, lowering springs are cheaper, but you only get one height. I wanted mine really low when parked, so it has a complete air system on it. The front of these cars are heavy. Takes a lot of air to get it up to cruising altitude. Back pops right up, but front takes a few minutes if I dump the air out of the bags. Had my car this way almost 10 years, and never had an issue with the suspension.
  6. Aviailable in GREEN, RED, WHITE, and BLUE colors. Colors other than BLUE require removal of gauge lenses inside of gauge housing. This is from the mustang project website. Why would the blue be different? I have a blue car, but not sure I want blue gauges.
  7. Not so much about horsepower with these cars as it is about torque. Big heavy car to move. 383 should have enough bottom end, but you need at least as much as the 430 started life with.
  8. A quick add to Winston's post. DOT 3 and DOT 5 brake fluids do not mix. You will need to completely remove the old DOT 3 fluid from your lines and replace with the new DOT 5. You can't just add DOT 5 to the DOT 3 in there, you have to start fresh when using DOT 5.
  9. Much like Tom, I was identifying cars by their tail lights and grilles since I was about 5 or 6. My dad and uncles are all car guys, so it came natural. Went to the first Street Rod Nats in 73 in Memphis. Couldn't drive yet, but was still a car guy. I have owned at least a 100 older cars, but my 55 Bel Air hardtop, My 58 Apache big window short wide and my 63 Riviera are keepers. Have had multiple opportunities to sell or trade each of these, but I have no interest in selling them. Fell in love with each of these body styles when I was a kid, and don't see that love fading any time soon.
  10. My wife bought me one like this, it all T Birds. She just didn't understand...
  11. Glad you hung in until you received a fair price. We will miss you around here. You have inspired many.
  12. No, the best part was when he fixed the headlight motor by tapping on it with a hammer.
  13. No, the best part was when he fixed the headlight motor by tapping on it with a hammer.
  14. It is a good looking car, but does not have a 65 front clip. 65 grille, yes, but these are 63 front fenders with lights behind the fender grilles. These are not 65 clamshells. But still makes a good looking car.
  15. As you are replacing springs anyway, the old ones can be cut with a torch and make removal a lot easier.