12. The inner plates are supplied slightly longer than
may be necessary just trim off the excess as needed.
13. The three holes on each side of the boxing plates
are not only used for welding purposes, but to indicate
front (two holes) and rear (one holes) positioning.
14-15. Now we were able to turn our focus toward
the actual suspension, beginning with the Moser
Muscle Pak rear end. Since this is a 12-bolt, having had
its ring and pinion already setup by Moser, it remained
in place, but the axles/brakes would not. Fortunately,
the external-flanged axle housing made it much easier
to do so, rather than having to remove any C-clips from
16. Basically, we’ll bolt all the components together,
from the forward-mount crossmember to the twolink
U-bolt mounts on the rear end, before welding
anything in place.
17-18. The blocks that mate the trailing arms to
the rear end’s axle tubes actually bolt to the arms,
making it much easier to assemble everything with
just two hands, as shown.
19-20. The front crossmember for the trailing
arms has sliding frame mounts, allowing for any
adjustment if needed. Ultimately, the ends will get
welded to the crossmember as well as to the frame
21-22. With the links installed onto the rear end
first, they’re simply lifted up and installed on the
crossmember. Having the rearend positioned on a
floor jack will help in positioning everything when
determining and setting the desired wheelbase.
23. The pinion angle can be set simply by loosening
the U-bolts to allow the rearend to rotate. When all
is said and done, we’ll most likely weld the blocks
to the axle tubes, but considering the amount of
horsepower/torque the car “won’t” have, that may
not be totally necessary.
24. Now for the upper airbag mounts. These will
be supplied as shown on the right—pre-drilled but
flat with slots for bending the side gussets (as illustrated
on the left in the vise).
25. At this point, both the bag mount and the upper
shock mount have been tacked in place simply by
installing the ‘bag/shock on the lower mounts and
cycling the rear end through its range of travel of
estimated travel. No real science there, but still
plenty of room for error.
26. Only after we were 99.9 percent certain that
the mounts were in the proper locations, at the
proper angle and range, did we proceed with the
final welding duties.
27. The last item to be welded onto the frame was
the Panhard bar mount, which uses a flat plate base
welded to the frame with attached tabs, making for
a stronger piece with less stress on the thin rail.