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    Coil overs on ford pop

    Took my standard pop to work yesterday and put it on the lift in the mot bay and had a good look under it with the mot guy. Front spring is flat and on the bump stops. Having searched on line for springs without any luck I was thinking to fit coil overs. There are wood head conversions available for upright shocks but these are cast and not suitable in my opinion to take the weight of the car. But I did see a thread where someone made the brackets from steel and fitted coil overs and left the leaf spring on too. Should this idea be ok what weight springs would I need with a standard sidevalve engine fitted. I would also want to do the same on the rear. Kerb weight is 1687lbs or thereabouts
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    i thought you wanted to keep it standard?
    at least dick turpin had the decency to wear a mask!

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    You could get your spring retempered by these guys.

    http://www.classiccarwebsite.com/brost-forge-ltd

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    Quote Originally Posted by 352 kum View Post
    i thought you wanted to keep it standard?
    not totally, I am adding period tuning parts to make it.....don't laugh, more spritely.
    It's 60 years old, not a museum piece or concours so as Paul Burnham said, when I told him my ideas, a kind of '50s boy racer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brading View Post
    You could get your spring retempered by these guys.

    http://www.classiccarwebsite.com/brost-forge-ltd
    thats possibly a good option thanks

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    You could fit a Ballamy split beam swing axle suspension or make your own. If you make one up you will need a new spring about 2" longer with more leafs that are thinner and Brost forge can do it. The telescopic damper conversion really stiffens the front end and you get practically no roll. My Prefect takes most pot holes and bumps in its stride.
    You are right about the telescopic Woodhead brackets as these were only designed for dampers and fitting coilovers to any similarly mounted bracket on the standard chassis would cause it to twist badly.
    If you join the Ford Sidevalve Club or know someone who is a member they might be able to help with a standard spring from the stores.
    Greatest discombobulations to all my readers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perfect65 View Post
    You could fit a Ballamy split beam swing axle suspension or make your own. If you make one up you will need a new spring about 2" longer with more leafs that are thinner and Brost forge can do it. The telescopic damper conversion really stiffens the front end and you get practically no roll. My Prefect takes most pot holes and bumps in its stride.
    You are right about the telescopic Woodhead brackets as these were only designed for dampers and fitting coilovers to any similarly mounted bracket on the standard chassis would cause it to twist badly.
    If you join the Ford Sidevalve Club or know someone who is a member they might be able to help with a standard spring from the stores.
    it wont pass an mot if you cut and alter the front axle making it bellamy style
    at least dick turpin had the decency to wear a mask!

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    I am a member of the fsoc, I looked at the spares list and there are no springs on there. The club is in the dark ages, no online ordering and everything done by post. I'll phone brost forge tomorrow and see what they can do.

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    I have to to tell you this, yesterday I was driving back to the lock up and crossed a mini roundabout like I do in my van, forgetting I was in the pop, I drove straight over it and the back jumped up and I came out of the seat still hanging onto the steering wheel, it did make me laugh

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    on 105e's with lever arm shocks a period mod was to drain the oil and refill with ep90 which really stiffens the damping. you did say 'period' mods.
    need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.

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