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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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65 fastback restomod

Greetings, my wife's first car from high school is a 65 2+2. The only thing I've done to it is a complete rebuild of the K code 289. My goal is to do a complete restoration. One of the major upgrades that I want to do is a modern front suspension kit. There are two that I'm looking at, the one from Total Control and one from Rod & Custom. These kits are the ones that have rack and pinion, coil overs, disc break, and tubular upper and lower A arms. I would like to hear some input from people with first hand experience on which I should go with. Thank you for any assistance in the matter.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 10:28 AM
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If it's a true K car I'd leave it as is. Find a T or C code to restomod.
But as we say around here- it's your car so do what you want with it.
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If it's an original K code, you're probably better off keeping it mostly stock (from a pure valuation standpoint). Or maybe keep all the stock components in a box and look at some bolt on upgrades from Street or Track or OpenTracker.

Those would both give you an upgrade in handling, but you or a future owner would be able to go back to the factory setup to help get the maximum value for a collector-worthy car.

I"m doing a resto-mod on my car with a bolt on front kit and weld-in 4 link rear from ControlFreak, but my car was a typical C code and not really collector grade at all.

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I agree that keeping it mostly stock, as Dan said, box up the original and do some original type upgrades.

Mine had medium collector value, 65 GT A code, but I admittedly decided to to restomod. Installing a Griggs front end and Coyote motor.

Coyote build in 65 GT Fastback on the rotisserie
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DJB, welcome to VMF.

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BTW...I wish my car from high school was that cool.

I drove a 1981 Ford Escort hatchback - 4 speed - no air conditioning (and I lived in South Florida, so no AC was brutal). Can't find a picture of my car, but attached is pretty much what it looked like (except I had the plain steel wheels).
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Welcome.All you need to make it handle is a 1" sway bar,and lower the upper control arms an inch down and an 1/8".Some negative camber -0.5 to -1.5 Some positive caster +3 or more, Adjustable strut rods will help and 1/8 to 1/4" toe in.Springs ,shocks .tires, ect optional to taste.Of course least we forget Monte Carlo bar and Export brace and maybe some sub frame connectors.

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Welcome.All you need to make it handle is a 1" sway bar,and lower the upper control arms an inch down and an 1/8" Back.Some negative camber -0.5 to -1.5 Some positive caster +3 or more, Adjustable strut rods will help and 1/8 to 1/4" toe in.Springs ,shocks .tires, ect optional to taste.Of course least we forget Monte Carlo bar and Export brace and maybe some sub frame connectors.
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Might as well add a ZRAY crossmember while your in there

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