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'69 Javelin SST on Budget

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Of course I pull out my worn out leaf springs and they have more arch unloaded than the replacements I'm about to install. Hopefully these have more spring rate? Probably not. Oh well, we'll see. I'm cutting and punching out the outer bearing shells right now to install poly bushings and these have got to be the toughest shells to remove that I've ever done! These things are practically bonded to the leaf eyes. It's taken me entirely too long. I also don't have a sawzall for some reason (seems like I have everything but) so cutting them by hand with a hack saw and punching them out with an air hammer has been an adventure. All of the ones I've done before have come out with some persuasion with an air chisel without cutting them first.
1969 Javelin SST "Screamin' Banana" - 16k original miles, warm 360, TH-350, Model 20 TracLok, DAILY DRIVER
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Well, the AMX springs sit an inch or so higher. I can't tell yet if they're any stiffer or the ride is otherwise different. They've been out of a car for years, so they may settle some still.

I'm really not happy with my driveline angles though. Transmission is 2* down toward rear, pinion is 1* up toward front, and driveshaft is 3* down toward rear. That's a front and rear u-joint working angles of 1* and 1* difference in transmission and pinion. It's just too tight for my liking.
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I added a vacuum advance canister to the MSD distributor and made a vacuum advance stop plate for it. Also tweaked carburetor tuning. Details are in a separate thread here:
http://theamcforum.com/forum/topic88558.html

Additionally, my crappy Kobalt auto darkening welding helmet recent crapped out on me. The auto darkening filter just quit flashing me pretty nicely to my surprise one day. I thought maybe it had just been in the dark in the garage too long so I pulled out the ADF and put it in direct sunlight for 2 days, but that didn't do it. This cheap ADF doesn't have replaceable batteries and it's crappy anyway, so I'm junking it. I can get a Chinese replacement filter for under $20 on fleabay but there's no way it'll be any better clarity. I have a big window Huntsman hood with a shade 10 passive filter in it but it needs a replacement filter, and I do a lot of tacks and thin material anyway so an ADF is handy. I came across an ADF made by Jackson that should drop right into my Huntsman helmet for $99.00 that I've respectfully requested for my birthday from the wife. I'm pretty excited about it. I'm gonna clean up the old Huntsman and drop in this new filter and I should be back in business. This one has 4 sensors, a separate grind mode, and it has a digital control panel with backlit display. It gets good reviews and is a really good price.



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It looks like the entire Jackson helmet with that filter is only $30 or so more and it has really nice headgear. I might as well just get the entire thing and save the Huntsman as a single shade backup.
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Having a good helmet is a must.  I bought the better Kobalt helmet a few years ago and have had good success with it.  Auto darkening is the best for doing body panels.
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