It's not necessary to have a suspension-engineering degree to transform an early Mustang into an apex-clipper. All you have to know is what bolt-on parts to use and then let the wrenches fly. It's not necessary to have a suspension-engineering degree to transform an early Mustang i 'Early Mustangs are not renowned for their handling prowess. But it doesn't have to be that way. Global West Suspension has been refining the art of transforming Ford's lame ponycar front uspension design into a package capable of ripping up sections of asphalt apexes. But let us not be timid here. This is not a thin-wallet-skin junkyard swap expedition. There are almost $2,000 worth of parts just in the front suspension alone. But then, what does a new Mustang cost? What's it worth to you to be able to push an early Mustang into a corner knowing it will handle the corner with a high-g-load worthy of cult status? The first time you blast through a corner much quicker than you ever did before, the results will more than support the investment. So let's get started. Front SuspensionThe key to building any front suspension is to work carefully. Compressing the front springs is never something to be taken casually. Stock Mustang front springs, even dead tired springs, are very tall and must be compressed at least 2 inches to remove them from the existing spring pocket. This creates built-in force in the spring, so be careful. Once you get past removing the springs, the rest of the job is much easier and can be accomplished in a day. We took our Mustang over to our buddy Tim Moore's shop to use his hoist for most of the work, although the effort could just as easily be accomplished on the shop floor. With the front suspension off the ground, Moore began by popping the spindle loose from the upper control arm and removing the shock absorber. Often, it's best to do one side at a time. With the front suspension off the ground, Moore began by popping the spindle loose from th Precision PerchIn the process of rebuilding our Mustang front suspension, we ran across a common early Mustang problem. The original lower spring perch was completely wasted. We could have replaced it with another stock rubber mount, but with the stiffer Global West springs and obvious abuse this Mustang was destined to face, we needed a more elegant solution. That's when our buddy Marlon at Marlo's Frame & Alignment showed us his trick custom-fabricated spring mount that uses a larger-diameter, steel cross-shaft and a lubricated bushing that eliminates lateral movement and binding, which is common with the stock rubber bushings. Applications for this Fly-Ford component include any early Ford with the front coil spring above the upper control arm, like '64-'73 Mustangs. Parts List DESCRIPTION PN SOURCE PRICE Neg. roll upper MNR-73 Global West $599.00 Lower control arm TBF-6 Global West 399.00 Adjustable strut ASR-5 Global West 379.95 Tubular rod sleeves ADJ-3 Global West 46.75 Coil springs 911 Global West 145.00 Shackle kit 106SH Global West 189.00 Leaf spring set L-10 Global West 299.00 Tower support TS-7 Global West 129.95 Loc-Out kit LOC-2 Global West 44.95 Koni shocks, front 82-1388SP3 Global West 252.00 Koni shocks, rear 82-1389 Global West 252.00 Front antiroll bar SB-537 Global West 169.95 Coil spring perches call Marlo's Frame 290.00 Total $3,196.55 Bringing Up The RearAll the emphasis on the Mustang's front suspension flaws demanded we also tune up the rear suspension. After almost 40 years of service, the springs, shocks, and bushings were toast. It was time for a major rehash. The Global West springs, shocks, and bushing system are designed to work in harmony with the front suspension to create a predictable combination that will allow the car to negotiate a high-speed corner without the stock suspension's usual histrionics. The engineers call this roll couple; we call it a car that is glued to the pavement when you plant your foot into the throttle on corner exit. The new leaf springs, bushings, and shocks are a relatively simple swap. Check it out. Moore used an outside compressor to load the spring to remove it from the pocket and upper control arm. A compressed coil spring can cause great bodily injury if something fails and it tries to attack you. Moore used an outside compressor to load the spring to remove it from the pocket and upper Global West supplies a template that relocates the upper control arm mounting points. This drastically improves the camber curve during cornering. Mount the template and drill the new holes as indicated. Global West supplies a template that relocates the upper control arm mounting points. This The upper control arm supports half the frontend weight of the Mustang, so Global West engineered strength into its design with its heavy-wall, mandrel-bent tubing combined with Global West's excellent Del-a-lum bushings. The upper control arm supports half the frontend weight of the Mustang, so Global West eng 1 | 2 | » | View Full Article Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!