Originality vs arning drop?

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Originality vs arning drop?

Post by Aussiexr7 » 15 May 2018, 17:37

Hello all. I’m having a minor episode of hand-wringing and would appreciate your input. For handling and aesthetics I want to do the arning drop but given this is a 428 I’m pausing to consider if this is irresponsible given it will deviate from original (not that it couldn’t be welded up later if someone cares I guess).
Note this car is not in pristine condition by any means, has a few random holes in engine bay from various mods and has been converted to RHD for Australian roads (back before you could register vintage cars as LHD). But has original drivetrain, most stuff and reasonable body (poor paint from the sun here).
What do you think? I’ve kind of lived by the rule to never drill holes so it’s going against the grain for me.
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Re: Originality vs arning drop?

Post by Cougar Bill » 15 May 2018, 18:59

Your Cat.
Do what you want.
If you "drive" your car & like corners, then do it.
It does make a difference. Add xport brace & reinforced X-member. All can fixed easily.
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Re: Originality vs arning drop?

Post by Aussiexr7 » 15 May 2018, 19:42

Thanks Bill that is definitely the answer, just needed some encouragement! Have the export brace already, need to find a Monte Carlo bar that fits nicely.
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Re: Originality vs arning drop?

Post by Mike_B_SVT » 15 May 2018, 23:58

I'm with Bill. Enjoy your car. There are plenty of restored ones out there that never see the light of day. Take it out and drive it. Let others see you driving it. Build enthusiasm - yours and everyone that sees you with your car :-)
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Re: Originality vs arning drop?

Post by wish » 16 May 2018, 06:12

I know this was discussed previously -- There is a company offering a dropped arm that puts the bolts above the pivot for the control arm. Theoretically that would give you the best of both worlds. Initially I had concerns about the bending moment that would be introduced there, but reading through the Kar Kraft book it turned out to be a solution that was used when the Trans Am guys were busted for re-locating the upper control arm.
Just my $.02
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Re: Originality vs arning drop?

Post by anthem75 » 17 May 2018, 22:33

Cougar Bill wrote:
15 May 2018, 18:59
Your Cat.
Do what you want.
If you "drive" your car & like corners, then do it.
It does make a difference. Add xport brace & reinforced X-member. All can fixed easily.
Couldn't agree more...follow your gut and do what you want to do. Your car, your glory....

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Re: Originality vs arning drop?

Post by Aussiexr7 » 18 May 2018, 02:44

Thanks for the honest feedback everyone. Really easy to get caught up in the originality thing and forget why I actually bought it in the first place - driving!
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Re: Originality vs arning drop?

Post by Yorgle » 18 May 2018, 07:34

TCP (Total Control Products) sells a dropped pivot mount to relocate the upper arm without drilling new holes in your shock towers. I'm not sure if it works with stock control arms, though.
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Re: Originality vs arning drop?

Post by wish » 18 May 2018, 09:29

Looks like just for their arms (or others with heim jointed ends likely)
Dropped shafts are available in pre-assembled arms and can also be purchased separately to retrofit your existing straight shaft TCP arms.
from http://www.totalcontrolproducts.com/upper_dropped.html
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Re: Originality vs arning drop?

Post by 7.0 Litre Kid » 18 May 2018, 18:06

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