Rear suspension is certainly a key aspect of any Lowrider build, so we decided to bring you a glimpse into modernizing a car's rear end set up. By now, you've probably heard the name "Currie Enterprises" as the Corona, California, company is known for their work in the arena. The company started in a garage in 1959, and has made quite a name for themself in the automotive industry for building some of the strongest rearends available in the automotive world marketplace.
We wanted to modernize the rearend on this '64 Impala, so we decided to update the suspension with a Currie rearend. Currie specializes in off-road and muscle car applications because their housings are so strong, you don't need to worry about battery weight wearing down the axle bearings to the point of losing them while you're driving. This is a familiar problem with '58-'64 Impalas. The Fab-9 housing that we are using is perfect for our Impala, as it is strong enough to take high volumes of torque without jeopardizing the car's smooth ride.
While talking to Currie about our plans for the housing, they suggested their Johnny joints and tubular suspension as ideal solutions for our project. Some of their tubular suspensions have been around for years and can be seen in race cars and trophy trucks that run the Baja 500. This same technology is being applied to our car, making these arms and joints pretty fail-proof. With us adding the Johnny joints to our suspension, it will make the rear end become more stable and allow more travel to lock up and lay.
Combining rear disc brakes, the Currie trailing arms and Black Magic wishbone on this Fab 9 housing is going to bring modern reliability to our classic Impala. Now follow along, as we get this rear suspension upgraded on this 50-year-old car.
Tech Tip of The Month
Happy New Years all of you garage or driveway mechanics! Your resolution for this January 2014 should be to start the year off with this month's Lowrider Garage "Tip of the month" advice and use the Lucas' Deep Clean Fuel System Cleaner to clean and remove carbon deposits and help eliminate pinging noise in your engines. Lucas Deep Clean is blended with an exclusive Lucas additive package and specific carrier fluid that contains no diesel fuel, kerosene or anything else that can be harmful or useless to an engine. This special Lucas product also reduces NOx emissions, it will also eliminate the need for a higher octane fuel and deep clean the entire fuel system and combustion chamber. This is the perfect way to start off the New Year knowing that you will be getting better gas mileage too!
- Greatly reduces harmful NOx emissions
- Totally eliminates knocking and pinging
- Raises mpg and performance
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