A good way to know exactly on your car - go to your local concrete/sand/gravel yard and scale it over both axles. (Pull half off the scale and stop on the way off).
Surprisingly my ’62 wagon is split exactly 50/50. Scaled 4,080 with 2,040 over the front axle, with driver and full of fuel. 318 Poly.
As we are talking about rebuilding the front suspension, I was wondering if anyone knows the weight difference between the 318 Poly and a big block like a 383. I’ve got a 65 Belvy II, and was wondering about that. Also if anyone knows the weight distribution between the two?
If you are looking at new rear springs as recommended, here’s a good source both service and price wise. I did replace the rear springs which on a wagon are already pretty stout, rated at 880# stock, with a 115# rate. And new U-bolts, bushings and shackles.
They also have front end rebuild kits. I replaced everything with OEM quality rubber, no stiff squeaky urethane for me. New idler, pitman, tie rods, sleeves. UCA bushings and ball joints. LCA bushings and pivot shafts, ball joints, upper and lower bump stops. Torsion bar adjusters, seals, clips.
I agree...Definitely step up the at least the next size torsion bars. My car is a 381 Poly and I put "383" bars in it. It rides great! Also look into HD ~5 leaf rear springs. Those cars are heavy enough that it won't be a harsh ride.
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On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 8:58 AM, Hall, Ricky L <ricky.l.hall@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Oops correction......... It's all about the positive caster...........
Great time to increase your torsion bar size too - stepping up one size from .88 to .92 dia on my '62 wagon gave it a more compliant and "modern" feel without being too harsh. Adjustable UCA's will help a lot come alignment time to get positive caster. I could not get enough positive caster using just the Moog K7039 offset UCA bushings. You might also consider the adjustable LCA struts.
Good article with specs to hand your alignment shop:
From: 1962to1965mopars@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:1962to1965mopars@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, September 29, 2014 3:09 AM
To: New Group Mopar
Subject: Men of Mopar,,Sway bar question
Soon I will be rebuilding the front suspension on my 65 Coronet.
It will be getting stock replacement upper/lower control arms, along with bushings, ball joints,new KYB's, front strut rod bushings and an alignment.
I'm considering a front sway/stabilizer bar hopefully to help control the swaying motion it has when going around tight turns.
Is there anything I should pay attention for, consider before going about it, should I use a particular replacement year,style/model or name brand of sway bar, who has the best price.
Thanks in advance,
65 Coronet 500,
440 RB, Engine.