Rear Axle and Suspension Installation
Here, we'll be installing the rear axle and rear suspension. The rear end was actually removed from the car back in February of 2014. Since then, the car has been essentially immobile. (I'm putting the "essentially" in there because when the car was on the frame jig, it could have - theoretically, and with great effort - been rolled out of the garage on its casters in case of fire* or an outbreak of winged black widows**). It'll be nice to get it rolling again.
* A legitimate concern
** Less probable, or so I'm told.
I've had the new leafs springs and attaching hardware for while now - like a dummy, I ordered them as soon as I figured out what I needed, instead of waiting until when I needed them. As a result, they've been stored in the parts shed for the past 2 years. I restored the rear axle and brakes back in October of 2014. The leaf springs are made by Eaton, a well-known manufacturer who builds springs to original Ford specs. I purchased factory GT springs for a '67 Mustang, matching rear shackles and hardware from NPD. I had to get a set of larger U-bolts and special mounting plates from Currie because the rear axle is from a late 50's full size Ford, not a Mustang, so the typical stuff in the Mustang parts catalogs won't fit.
The only special tools used here are a good torque wrench and four extra hands.