Wayne Cook
October 1, 2007
Photos By: The Manufacturers

Fat Man Fabrications
In addition to its extensive suspension lineup, Fatman Fabrications now offers the Wonderbar rear suspension for '62-'67 Fairlanes. It's a new concept in classic-Fairlane rear suspension. This kit helps your car hook up and handle great, and allows for a 2-3 inch drop, which helps lower your car's roll center. You may decide to choose either Pro coilover or Air Ride Technologies shocks, in which case the ride height is fully adjustable. The half-leaf springs carry no weight but serve to control the axle position and pinion angle, while their twisting action helps to resist body roll. Unlike the four-link suspensions, this kit can be installed without any floor cutting. The Wonderbar kit for the '62-'67 Fairlane is $1,595 with coilover shocks and $1,995 with Air Ride Technologies Shock Wave air suspension.

Fatman Fabrications
8621-C Fairview Rd., Hwy. 218
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 545-0369
www.fatmanfab.com

Full Tilt Street Rods
Full Tilt Street Rods adds these new coil-spring tubular lower-control arms for the Mustang II IFS to its extensive line of street-rod performance parts. Constructed of 1-inch-diameter, 3/16-inch-wall DOM steel, the control arms feature aircraft-aluminum spring risers and fit all aftermarket Mustang II crossmembers. Full Tilt's design eliminates strut rods, and the arms come complete with new screw-in-type ball joints for Mustang II spindles, polyurethane bushings, and all hardware and instructions needed for installation. The control arms cost $199.95 in bare steel or $244.95 for black powdercoat.

Full Tilt Street Rods
2944 I-70 Business Loop, Unit 313
Grand Junction, CO 81504
(970) 255-8890
www.fulltiltstreetrods.com

Heidt's Hot Rod Shop
New from Heidt's Hot Rod Shop is the Superide II IFS, an independent front suspension kit for '65-'70 Mustangs. Based on the Mustang II front end, this coilover front-suspension system provides excellent performance for a smooth ride and precise handling. The kit features front-frame boxing plates, tubular arms, dropped spindles, and rack-and-pinion steering. Also included are front-disc brakes with 11-inch rotors. Coilover shocks with chrome springs are standard. Your kit can be special ordered to include polished control arms; 11-, 12-, or 13-inch brakes with polished hubs; and your choice of polished, black, or red calipers. Power steering is also optionally available. Kits start at $2,659. Heidt's has a wide array of suspension offerings suitable for classic Fords.

Heidt's Hot Rod Shop
111 Kerry Ln.
Wauconda, IL 60084
(800) 841-8188
www.heidts.com

Global West
For dramatic improvement in your classic Mustang's handling characteristics, move beyond the stock components to this negative roll system from Global West. The included template is for lowering the position of the new tubular control arms exactly 1 inch. It's the same trick used by Shelby on the GT350 Mustang, and it improves the tire-contact patch during cornering. The tubular upper-control arms feature billet cross-shafts and are far stronger and more resistant to flexing than the original-equipment, stamped-steel arms. These tubular control arms have corrected ball-joint angles to eliminate binding near the end of suspension travel. The available lower-control arms show the same stout construction as the uppers and also feature Del-a-lum bushings for minimal deflection. Upper tubular control arms have a limited life-time warranty for as long as you own your car, racing or not. Arms are pre-assembled and powdercoated gloss black. Alignment information is included. We found the negative roll kit for classic Fords for $599.

Global West
655 S. Lincoln Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92408
(877) 470-2975
www.globalwest.net

Griggs Racing Products
Griggs Racing has an extensive line of suspension products under the GR-350 name for classic Mustangs. The GR-350 chassis systems deliver the same precision handling and hookup potential as the famous GR-40 suspensions, which are made for the newer Mustangs. GR-350 components are modular in design, and the combined front and rear systems substantially improve cornering ability. The front GR-350 suspension system allows removal of spring towers in the engine bay for increased room in the engine compartment, while the rear system eliminates heavy leaf springs and uses a torque arm and Panhard bar or Watts linkage. The complete front and rear suspension kit for a '67-'70 Mustang with a Windsor engine and a 9-inch axle is PN GR350 SP-L-W9. The kit cost is $10,054.05. Griggs has many suspension offerings, including modular engine K-members, coilover kits, and more.

Griggs Racing Products
29175 Arnold Dr.
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 939-2244
www.griggsracing.com

National Parts Depot
If you're in the final stages of your classic-Ford suspension-upgrade project, one of the last things to do is to lower the back end of the car. The vehicle roll center will be effectively lowered, which reduces weight transfer in turns and enhances overall handling. It will also look great and help put just the right rake on your car. The 1-inch lowering kit for '65-'66 Mustangs is PN 55001A, while '67-'73 Mustangs use PN 55002A. Each costs only $28.95. For a more complete handling upgrade, choose the NPD Street Bandit handling kit for $409.95. In addition to lowering blocks, the Street Bandit kit includes four KYB Gas-a-Just shocks, front and rear antisway bars, and front coil springs.

National Parts Depot
900 SW 38th Ave.
Ocala, FL 34474
(800) 874-7595
California (800) 235-3445
Michigan (800) 521-6104
North Carolina (800) 368-6451
www.npd.link.com

Mustangs Plus
This Grab-A-Trak performance suspension rebuild kit from Mustangs Plus is a great front-suspension refurbishment value. The kit's upper and lower control arms and new coil springs with the spring rate of your choice, will have your front end at better-than-factory specs and ready for the alignment shop. The control arms come ready to go with new ball joints, cross-shafts, and bushings. Included in the kit but not shown are new spring perches, rubber upper-spring cushions, and new antisway-bar links. The kit for '65-'66 and '67-'73 Mustangs costs just $329.95 each.

Mustangs Plus
2353 N. Wilson Way
Stockton, CA 95205
(800) 999-4289
www.mustangsplus.com

Performance Online
New from the folks at Performance Online is this four-link rear suspension for '64-'70 Mustangs. Designed to help get the maximum performance from your first-generation Mustang, the kit includes everything you need to complete the four-link conversion-chassis and axle brackets, adjustable links, a full upper coilover crossmember, a Panhard bar, adjustable coilover shocks, and all hardware. The Performance Online four-link rear suspension kit is completely bolt-on, requiring no cutting or floor modifications. The adjustable four-link mounts allow for precise rear-suspension tuning. Also available is an axlehousing with brackets already installed. The list price for the kit is $995.10.

Performance Online
2572 E. Fender Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92831
(800) 638-1703
www.performanceonline.com