Rear Suspension

Scratchbuilding and kitbashing the rear suspension.

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Devise a plan
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Devise a plan
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Make strips with the NWSL Duplicutter.
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Make strips with the NWSL Duplicutte…
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Deburr the strips.
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Deburr the strips.
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Make a bunch of interliners.
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Make a bunch of interliners.
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Lay out the main leaves of both springs.
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Lay out the main leaves of both spri…
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Add interliners to the main leaves.
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Add interliners to the main leaves.
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Add spacers between the interliners.
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Add spacers between the interliners.
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Make the second leaves.
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Make the second leaves.
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Add the second leaves to the main leaves.
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Add the second leaves to the main le…
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Add spacers, but not interliners between the fourth and fifth leaves.
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Add spacers, but not interliners bet…
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Add half-leaves.
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Add half-leaves.
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Punch interliner retainers.
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Punch interliner retainers.
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Add the little dots to the ends of the second, third, and fourth springs.
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Add the little dots to the ends of t…
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Make spring clamps.
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Make spring clamps.
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Add the spring clamps to the springs.
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Add the spring clamps to the springs…
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Use the Chopper to cut the parts required to make spring hangers.
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Use the Chopper to cut the parts req…
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Drill the sides of the spring hangers, then assemble them.
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Drill the sides of the spring hanger…
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Add spacers to the hangers.
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Add spacers to the hangers.
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Attach the parts for the shackle to a strip of aluminum heating duct tape.
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Attach the parts for the shackle to …
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Use a piece of scrap to set the shackle's offset, then CA the parts into place.
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Use a piece of scrap to set the shac…
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Dana 60 Snubber Mount
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Dana 60 Snubber Mount
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A different view of the automotive Dana 60.
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A different view of the automotive D…
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A picture of a stock Dana 60 pinion snubber I found on an eBay auction.
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A picture of a stock Dana 60 pinion …
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Second view of the stock pinion snubber.
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Second view of the stock pinion snub…
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February 1970 Hot Rod picture of S&M's pinion snubber and spring pad extension.
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February 1970 Hot Rod picture of S&M…
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Three different 1:25 Dana 60s.
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Three different 1:25 Dana 60s.
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Two jigs are used to keep the chassis in position and set the wheelbase.
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Two jigs are used to keep the chassi…
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The wheelbase is perfect, but the wheels need to come down a little.
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The wheelbase is perfect, but the wh…
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Cut the springs to length, add ends, and reinforce.
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Cut the springs to length, add ends,…
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Test fit the spring with the spacer/hanger in place on the torque box.
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Test fit the spring with the spacer/…
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A different view of the spring.
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A different view of the spring.
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A test fit of the springs and shackles.
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A test fit of the springs and shackl…
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Add AMT '71 Charger lower shock mounts to the springs.
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Add AMT '71 Charger lower shock moun…
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Add lengthened Jo-Han kit shocks.
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Add lengthened Jo-Han kit shocks.
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