So I wanted coil overs in the front...
One of my projects I'm doing is replacing the air ride in the Mark VIII. The cheap solution is the direct swap to T bird stuff. Not happy with what's available, I decided to figure out something different.
Started with a set of junk stock T bird front shocks. Drilled them to remove the oil, and cut them open to remove the guts. Cut the stock lower shock mount off and media blasted it. Cut the length down to match the length of the Bilstein strut insert. It's a press fit into the T bird tube.
The insert is for a Mitz 3000 GT. Lots of interwebs searching came up with it. Length extended, collapsed, and vehicle weight made it the closest match. Cheapest price I found was $135 shipped.
OD 45.8mm (1.8")
Extended Length 480mm (18.89")
Collapsed Length 380mm (14.96")
Body Length 266mm (10.47")
Insert pressed into the modified T bird shock tube. Even the Bilstein seal is a direct fit.
Welded on a ring to space the coil over sleeve to match the end of the insert/tube.
Machined the upper shock mount to fit flush with the insert.
All I need now is to pick up a T bird upper mount, remove the rubber from the steel mount, drill out the hole for the shock. Might need a small spacer too.
Afco 7 inch length coil over sleeve.
QA1 10" 650lb spring. I started here based on someone here at TCCOA who converted a Koni to coil overs and it worked out well for him.
Also bought a torrington bearing set for the lower spring mount.
Need to finish the second setup, paint and wait on warmer weather.
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