I had the kit. But what direction to go? First, I wanted
it to be a daily driver. No drag racer or custom. (I hate
body work, so that kind of modification was definitely not
going to happen). For the most part, I wanted it to be an
easy, low stress project.
wanted the car to be able to handle. After all, if you drive
it around everyday, and it's packing a Hemi, you still want
the car to be able to take a curve. Like a street version
of a TransAm
racing car. Maybe a modern version of Pro Touring.
would mean, the old torsion bar front end just wasn't going
to cut it. There's not much there to work with, and not
many ways to make that kind of suspension better. With some
Googling, I found a company online that actually makes a
new front end (Tubular K-member) for real Cudas, Magnumforce
Racing. Pretty hot setup. It's a bit complex to replicate
in 1:25 scale, but gave me a good baseline on what to do.
With upper and lower control arms, and coil-over shocks,
that gives you several ways to tune the front end. Just
the idea I was looking for.
this in mind, I cut off the torsion bars from the kit. I
used a cross member with upper and lower control arms from
a Testor's Boyd Hot Rod (there are 3 Testors Boyd kits,
all have the same suspension, so anyone of them will do).
I did have to cut the cross member to make it work. This
cross member had the spindles molded in as well, one of
the reasons I chose it. I also cut and used coil-over springs
(from my parts box) between the control arms (to small to
see, but they are there).
used a rack and pinion off a Revell 2005 Mustang. The stock
K member was retained, without the torsion bars, and I had
to cut / modify the front sway bar. I made new connections
for the outer tie rod ends on the rack.
important thing here to remember is to get it all lined
up. Try and get the spindles to be just where the stock
ones would have been. Same distance apart (width) and same
height. You want to make sure your wheels will fit (whichever
you choose) and that the car sits right (hopefully level).
below I have primered it all to see how it looks and make
it all one shade of color.