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Tired springs and air shocks
« on: March 25, 2016, 05:45:07 AM »
My springs have collapsed. I need to pay to fix this, I am too old to do my own work anymore. New springs etc will cost $1200 plus. Air shocks would seem to be the answer but my mechanic can't find any. Anyone have any Ideas?
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Re: Tired springs and air shocks
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2016, 11:22:05 AM »
That seems like a LOT of money for springs even including labor.  I'd think half that amount would be correct.  Is it just the rear, of the fronts too?  I assumed rear only because you address air shocks and they are typically not used up front.  While they may not make an air shock specifically for the Pinto (rear) it doesn't mean that something isn't available that could fit.  Many shock manufactures have the specs of their shocks listed on their websites.  Find those for the Pinto and then check to see if anything is available in that compression/extension range.  It may require the connection end being modified too. Fortunately for the Pinto the Mustang II lower mounts offer another option.

Hopefully those who have had springs replace and give you a more accurate price to compare.

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Re: Tired springs and air shocks
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2016, 10:45:01 AM »
I had new set of rear springs made at a spring shop for about $400.

Take a look at Speedway Motors under the mini stock heading.  They have springs listed
for less than $175 each with spring rates from 104 lb to about 140 lb.

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Re: Tired springs and air shocks
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2016, 10:46:12 PM »
If they are the same as a 75, I have an extra set that sat well and were stiff. I would let you have them, if you want to pay for shipping.
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Re: Tired springs and air shocks
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2016, 11:47:10 PM »
Just fyi in case you don't know, air shocks on a unibody car are not the best idea. Been reports of lots of problems with the mounting point on the body not holding up. At least in the vintage Mustang world. Maybe the Pinto is reinforced in that area?
Might be ok, but just something to think about.

I can't imagine it costing $1200 installed. Can you check around with other places?

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