The Ford Torino Page Homepage
Forum Home Forum Home > Model Specific Forum > 1972-1976 Ford and Mercury
  New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - Anyone used the Fatman Fabrications drop spindles?
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

Anyone used the Fatman Fabrications drop spindles?

 Post Reply Post Reply Page  <123>
Author
Message
Hey Z View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 24-November-2005
Status: Offline
Points: 269
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Hey Z Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22-January-2015 at 2:37AM
Yes we did get them to work with the wildwood brakes.  I still need to get the car aligned and once I do I will report back to you on how they are.  The wheels are now farther inside, but the camber is way off right now so it doesn't drive well.  Once I get the camber and alignment cleaned up I will let you know my impressions and try to get the part number too.
My '72 restomod My Link
Back to Top
cggrob View Drop Down
Member
Member


Joined: 28-November-2011
Location: Atlanta, GA
Status: Offline
Points: 70
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cggrob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22-January-2015 at 12:45PM

I am using the 2" drop Fatman spindles for the 1972 Torino.  You need to measure lower ball joint dimensions where it goes through the spindle - Fatman claims there were 3 different dimensions offered on the 1972.  They fit fine except they are not as thick as the original spindle and therefore do not go all of the way down on the ball joint  - but they do seat correctly. I also used the 13" WilWood brake set-up.  Car is still under construction and I don't get to the shop much. 2" drop spindle with the 1999 Crown Vic PI 710 lb/inch springs and 275/35/20 tires on the front.  Also a 2" drop at the back on custom wound coils with 315/35/20 tires.  John Haney at Blue Oval in McDonough, GA is doing the work - fresh paint in the pics! 

Back to Top
Billy C View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 10-February-2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Status: Offline
Points: 899
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Billy C Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22-January-2015 at 8:25PM
Are there even detailed pictures of this mystery upright/spindle anywhere?


Originally posted by cggrob cggrob wrote:

....275/35/20 tires on the front.  Also a 2" drop at the back on custom wound coils with 315/35/20 tires.  
275s in front and 315s in rear! 'nuff said. Thumbs Up


Edited by Billy C - 22-January-2015 at 8:29PM
-Billy Conturo
Back to Top
cggrob View Drop Down
Member
Member


Joined: 28-November-2011
Location: Atlanta, GA
Status: Offline
Points: 70
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cggrob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-January-2015 at 4:49AM
I can get detailed pics of the FATMAN spindles for everyone with them mounted on the car in another 2 weeks or so.  Also, I had to add some thread to the inner tie rod ends to bring the toe in because of where the steering arms are welded to the spindle.
 
Once suspension is sorted out I will be moving up to a 295/35/20 & 335/30/20 combo.  The front tires are no problem but to fit the rears the frame is scalloped out and the wheelhouse moved in a couple of inches.  Also using the SPOHN upper and lower control arms - lowers are required for clearance as well, as their tubes are narrower than the stock stamped control arm.  It's all tight but it fits.
Back to Top
unlovedford View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 17-December-2010
Location: Tennessee
Status: Offline
Points: 9573
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote unlovedford Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-January-2015 at 6:49AM
That is beautiful! You are the first person I've seen that has fit 20's under the front and been able to tuck them just right.
Joe
1972 GTSquire Wagon
1972 Torino Wagon
1976 Torino       
1968 Cougar XR7-First batch
1972 Torino 460
1989 BroncoII/Jeeps/Titanimous
Popeye and Brutus (Rams)
Back to Top
72 RS 351 View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 04-September-2014
Location: Knoxville TN
Status: Offline
Points: 617
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote 72 RS 351 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-January-2015 at 7:26AM
Originally posted by unlovedford unlovedford wrote:

That is beautiful! You are the first person I've seen that has fit 20's under the front and been able to tuck them just right.


Ditto, I just realized that those were 20" wheels. Keep us updated with that. I like bigger wheels and tires, but the 16 or 17's are tough to find a decent tire that would look right to me.
Don

73 Ranchero with a 72 Sport front end, parked since 1990
91 Lincoln Mark VII SE, OBDII 347/4R70W
98 Mercury Mountaineer
Back to Top
aquartlow View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 19-December-2011
Location: Summerfield, Fl
Status: Offline
Points: 1645
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote aquartlow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-January-2015 at 9:31AM
Originally posted by unlovedford unlovedford wrote:

That is beautiful! You are the first person I've seen that has fit 20's under the front and been able to tuck them just right.
 
Come on now...Wink
 
 
www.supermotors.net/22468
Yeah, It's a Hybrid...It burns gas and tires.

No matter how good she looks, somebody, somewhere, is tired of her sh*t.

Beauty is skin deep, ugliness goes clear to the bone.
Back to Top
legend onirot View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar
METAL GOD

Joined: 18-January-2009
Location: hattiesburg ms
Status: Offline
Points: 2768
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote legend onirot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-January-2015 at 10:17AM
   
---------------------
malcolm
1973 gran torino sport (formal)... "Stacy Lynn"
1972 gran torino (formal)... "Mackenzie"
1973 gran torino sport (sportroof)... "Leela"
Back to Top
cggrob View Drop Down
Member
Member


Joined: 28-November-2011
Location: Atlanta, GA
Status: Offline
Points: 70
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cggrob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-January-2015 at 12:25PM
UH?......my front wheels can actually turn?
Back to Top
aquartlow View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 19-December-2011
Location: Summerfield, Fl
Status: Offline
Points: 1645
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote aquartlow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-January-2015 at 12:33PM
Originally posted by cggrob cggrob wrote:

UH?......my front wheels can actually turn?
 
My ride ain't no trailer queen! Thumbs Up
www.supermotors.net/22468
Yeah, It's a Hybrid...It burns gas and tires.

No matter how good she looks, somebody, somewhere, is tired of her sh*t.

Beauty is skin deep, ugliness goes clear to the bone.
Back to Top
cggrob View Drop Down
Member
Member


Joined: 28-November-2011
Location: Atlanta, GA
Status: Offline
Points: 70
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cggrob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-January-2015 at 12:36PM
Originally posted by aquartlow aquartlow wrote:

Originally posted by cggrob cggrob wrote:

UH?......my front wheels can actually turn?
 
My ride ain't no trailer queen! Thumbs Up
LOL!!!
Back to Top
aquartlow View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 19-December-2011
Location: Summerfield, Fl
Status: Offline
Points: 1645
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote aquartlow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-January-2015 at 12:53PM
Originally posted by cggrob cggrob wrote:

Originally posted by aquartlow aquartlow wrote:

Originally posted by cggrob cggrob wrote:

UH?......my front wheels can actually turn?
 
My ride ain't no trailer queen! Thumbs Up
LOL!!!
 
Sorry, I should have said this before. REAL NICE ride you have there, sounds and looks like the updated parts/installation were great choices. I realize it looks like my Ranchero can only go in straight lines LOL,  but the tires don't hit or even rub(gotta love the 77-79 wheelwell flare and the Moog 80100 854 in lb front spring rate). I am not running nowhere near as wide a tire as you either, only 245's but the big block keeps the fronts planted nicely Wink. Post more pics of your cool ride and the mods done. Todd
 


Edited by aquartlow - 23-January-2015 at 12:55PM
www.supermotors.net/22468
Yeah, It's a Hybrid...It burns gas and tires.

No matter how good she looks, somebody, somewhere, is tired of her sh*t.

Beauty is skin deep, ugliness goes clear to the bone.
Back to Top
cggrob View Drop Down
Member
Member


Joined: 28-November-2011
Location: Atlanta, GA
Status: Offline
Points: 70
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cggrob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-January-2015 at 1:51PM
Originally posted by aquartlow aquartlow wrote:

Originally posted by cggrob cggrob wrote:

Originally posted by aquartlow aquartlow wrote:

Originally posted by cggrob cggrob wrote:

UH?......my front wheels can actually turn?
 
My ride ain't no trailer queen! Thumbs Up
LOL!!!
 
Sorry, I should have said this before. REAL NICE ride you have there, sounds and looks like the updated parts/installation were great choices. I realize it looks like my Ranchero can only go in straight lines LOL,  but the tires don't hit or even rub(gotta love the 77-79 wheelwell flare and the Moog 80100 854 in lb front spring rate). I am not running nowhere near as wide a tire as you either, only 245's but the big block keeps the fronts planted nicely Wink. Post more pics of your cool ride and the mods done. Todd
 
 
No offense taken...all in good fun!  Your Ranchero is nice...even if half of the car is missing!
 
When this is done I will do a write-up.  I do not really have any build pics - I am almost afraid to keep track of it all!
Back to Top
aquartlow View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 19-December-2011
Location: Summerfield, Fl
Status: Offline
Points: 1645
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote aquartlow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-January-2015 at 2:31PM
Originally posted by cggrob cggrob wrote:

Originally posted by aquartlow aquartlow wrote:

Originally posted by cggrob cggrob wrote:

Originally posted by aquartlow aquartlow wrote:

Originally posted by cggrob cggrob wrote:

UH?......my front wheels can actually turn?
 
My ride ain't no trailer queen! Thumbs Up
LOL!!!
 
Sorry, I should have said this before. REAL NICE ride you have there, sounds and looks like the updated parts/installation were great choices. I realize it looks like my Ranchero can only go in straight lines LOL,  but the tires don't hit or even rub(gotta love the 77-79 wheelwell flare and the Moog 80100 854 in lb front spring rate). I am not running nowhere near as wide a tire as you either, only 245's but the big block keeps the fronts planted nicely Wink. Post more pics of your cool ride and the mods done. Todd
 
 
No offense taken...all in good fun!  Your Ranchero is nice...even if half of the car is missing!
 
When this is done I will do a write-up.  I do not really have any build pics - I am almost afraid to keep track of it all!
 
Quote-"I am almost afraid to keep track of it all!"  Oh, so you're married. LOL 
 Thank you for the positive comment. Post pics when available.
Sorry to have hijacked this thread....my firesuit is on. Wink
www.supermotors.net/22468
Yeah, It's a Hybrid...It burns gas and tires.

No matter how good she looks, somebody, somewhere, is tired of her sh*t.

Beauty is skin deep, ugliness goes clear to the bone.
Back to Top
ilyes View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 09-January-2010
Location: Philadelphia PA
Status: Offline
Points: 3612
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ilyes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-January-2018 at 2:53PM
Bringing this back from the dead. Any pics of the spindles/wilwood installed? Part numbers?
I checked online and it seems you have to run granada rotors ad camaro calipers to make everything fit.
Back to Top
72FordGTS View Drop Down
Admin Group
Admin Group
Avatar

Joined: 06-September-2005
Location: Ontario, Canada
Status: Offline
Points: 1899
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote 72FordGTS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27-January-2018 at 1:20PM
Seems weird to me that it's listed for 1965-73, when 1972-73 has a completely different suspension. But it seems two people have installed them.  I'd be interested in seeing some pics too just to know they actually exist.
 


Edited by 72FordGTS - 27-January-2018 at 1:20PM
Vince

1972 Ford GTS Sportsroof - Survivor, One Family car
Back to Top
Big Bird View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 25-August-2013
Location: New York
Status: Offline
Points: 3143
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Big Bird Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-January-2018 at 4:50AM
Fatman does make drop spindles for the Fulsize Ford and Thunderbird thru 78-79. It could be that they are sending those out when 73 torinos are requested.
The above post should be read in a "Grumpy Old Man" voice.
Almost forgot: "Get off my lawn!!!"
Randy
1979 T-Bird
2006 GMC Sierra
Back to Top
Billy C View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 10-February-2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Status: Offline
Points: 899
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Billy C Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-January-2018 at 7:21AM
I'd still like to see this setup on intermediate chassis as well. Not really worried about the Wilwood part but the spindle is a real mystery at this point.
-Billy Conturo
Back to Top
dave302 View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member


Joined: 08-October-2009
Location: usa
Status: Offline
Points: 2797
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dave302 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-January-2018 at 12:44AM
The company pure vision designs in california used fatman fabrication drop spindles on a '72 gran torino. They modified the front control arms and installed Custom adjustable QA1 coilovers. Unfortunately there are no good pictures of the spindles before they installed them on the car.
 
 


Edited by dave302 - 29-January-2018 at 1:22AM
Back to Top
dave302 View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member


Joined: 08-October-2009
Location: usa
Status: Offline
Points: 2797
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dave302 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-January-2018 at 12:48AM
There are more pictures of the spindles as you scroll down towards the bottom of the page.
 
 


Edited by dave302 - 29-January-2018 at 12:54AM
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply Page  <123>
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Forum Software by Web Wiz Forums® version 11.10
Copyright ©2001-2017 Web Wiz Ltd.

This page was generated in 0.078 seconds.