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Thread: Frame to body pads for 1963 GT Hawk

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    Frame to body pads for 1963 GT Hawk

    SI has these in their catalogue - 1/8", 1/4" and 1/2".
    Does anyone know why there are 3 different sizes?

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    Bodies were shimmed to fit accounting for production tolerance variations. I do not know what was the starting point.
    james r pepper

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    General question. If you were to replace those that have been on the car since manufacture, would there be a smoother noticeable ride in the car?

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    FWIW, I've put several bodies back on frames including my 54K after any number of rust repairs, etc. The bodies have been braced prior to repair so the doors still fit but what I've done is to make my pads out of about 3/8" conveyor belt and only use one per location. I lower the body onto the frame until I find the closest fit and use one pad there. I then put one pad in the other locations and add steel shims, the same size as the pads, to make up the difference. I then then bolt everything down and continue from there.

    Of course you need to have the frame and body level while you do this.

    BTW, I doubt if it changes the ride but it seems to help with overall rigidity as I can jack a corner of the 54K up and still open/close the doors.

    Good luck, Bob

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    I'm hoping it's smoother and safer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geohawk63 View Post
    I'm hoping it's smoother and safer!
    That statement has "Suspension" written all over it!
    The only thing that insulates the Frame and Body from basically the Road, are the Upper and lower "A" Arm Bushings and the the Rear Leaf Spring Bushings.

    Until the Complete Suspension System including the above, are New or in good condition, you may not get either! Not to mention TIRES. New Frame Pads will not change much of anything.
    StudeRich
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