Hey, I am helping my son restore a 1965 Mustang coupe. We have disassembled all the front suspension and steering with engine and tranny out. We have cleaned up the undercarriage but need to know the sequence of installing new coil springs, upper and lower control arms and strut rod and sway bar?We tried one side with first new upper A arm with spring perch, installed lower control arm and then the spindle, put in new coil spring and tried to put strut rod/new bushings in - very tough and is this correct sequence? Any tips?? thx, ron
how it goes together depends upon the type of spring compressor you have.. this is what i usually use to get the springs in...the outer spring tower cover that bolts in has to be removed as you know.. usually i put the rubber or urethane spring seat on the top of the spring .. the tool shown above up into the opening.. with the forked bar across the opening.. the hooks into the spring.. the lowest just about 2 turns up.. i then compress the spring upwards.. being careful to keep the hooks centered.. and the pulling bolt centered.. you will want to properly grease the threads of the puller.. and also the bearing assembly under the head of the bolt.. this allows you to get the spring up into the tower... you have to position the spring end so its in the proper location to seat on the spring perch.. everything wants to twist when you are compressing the spring.. this can be done with the upper control arm in.. but NOT the spring perch.. its the last thing to go in...i have also found that if the car is just a little low after driving it.. and the springs settling in.. you can remove the shock.. compress the spring.. remove the spring perch.. i normally replace the bolts with new grade 8 hardware.. and use some grade 8 flat washers between the control arm and the perch.. this raises the perch slightly and increases the ride height.. and can save you massive headaches.. as i recall. there are also various thickness of upper spring isolator rubbers..