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    Posted: 17-December-2014 at 1:22PM
I spoke with the Owner of The Little Shop fab today about doing some custom upper a arms. They will have the ball joint moved back to increase the caster adjustment. Which will help stability and tighten up steering feel. He said he could make them but to get the best price he needs to sale more than one set. He said fifteen would be the best but will build just the one set if I want to pay for them. I need to see how many might be interested in getting a set. maybe for a group buy? Pics of his work below.





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What kind of numbers are we talking? And would they be 72-76?
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They look really well made. I would be interested if they fit a 72.
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Prices will depend on number of sets ordered. just trying to see what interest there is on the forum. they would fit any of the 72 to 79 cars that use the torino chassis and fulsize like the galaxie from 65 and up. 
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interested in hearing some $ numbers and what all is included?
 
 
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^^^ what carl said! and can i use my urethane bushings and the stock bushing rod thing that goes through them? i may be interested in a pair! they look to be top quality!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ilyes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-December-2014 at 2:53PM
Interested as well, just want to know a $$$$ ballpark
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Mark me down as interested.  Will depend on price though.  I just rebuilt my front suspension, so I don't have an immediate need.  But would be a nice upgrade.  Or, for another car, that I hope to be acquiring.
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Well I don't think that interest will hold any of us back. I think that we can hit 15

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I would be interested in at least 1 set...if the price is right.
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looks nice.. I'm interested, depending on price. I really don't mind the stamped steel part but had always thought about making a tubular one.

any weight savings over the stock part?

stock ball joint?

stock bushings?

stock bushing rod?





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I would be interested, need to know price . Always wondered why no one seemed to offer them .
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Went by the shop again today and dropped off a stock arm for him to study. Looks like they will probably use the stock cross shaft and ball joints but a bigger common bushing on the shaft. Main benefits will be stronger, less flex, lighter and improved geometry allowing for more positive caster. Prices will be coming next week and will vary based on quantity. Example 1 for 10, 5 for 5, 10 for 3, etc.
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Originally posted by unlovedford unlovedford wrote:

I would be interested in at least 1 set...if the price is right.
 
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You guys have my interest in the control arms that would be a nice upgrade keep me informed!
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Interested as well. 
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just rebuilt the front suspension using energy suspension bushings etc....but would be interested in these assuming factory bushings can be used, pending price discovery


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Also interested if using stock cross shaft.  My car is a 1972.  How about lower arms?
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Basic plan of details: 

- tubular version of the factory control arm
- made to fit the factory cross-shaft
- lasered plate ball joint receiver 
- DOM tubing, 1.5 OD x .125 wall
- Urethane frame-side bushings, tapped for grease fittings
- balljoint moved towards rear to allow for higher caster angle (2-4 deg)

We can offer them raw and also powdercoated fine textured black for an additional $35 per set. (this is a choice we use for most suspension parts, looks good and is more rugged than other finishes)

We would make this an item on our website www.littleshopmfg.com, and set it for a $100 deposit for raw, and $135 for powdercoated. Each deposit made will lower the price for the group. We can report back every couple of days while it's happening with an updated list of who has made a deposit. There will be an agreed deadline for deposits, and that will set the price for everyone's parts.

Once deposits are made, we will build the sets. It's difficult to nail down exact times for various suppliers and stages of fabrication, but from the hip I'd guess something like this could be done start-to-finish in 4-6 weeks. 

Shipping would be a flat rate of $30.

Here's the schedule I have in mind. Prices are for 1 pair of control arms, ready to accept a new or existing balljoint.

1 - 450
2 - 445
3 - 440
4 - 435
5 - 430
6 - 425
7 - 420
8 - 415
9 - 410
10 - 405
11 - 400
12 - 395
13 - 390
14 - 385
15 - 380
16 - 375
17 - 370
18 - 365
19 - 360
20 - 355
21 - 350
22 - 345
23 - 340
24 - 335
25 - 330
26 - 325
27 - 320
28 - 315
29 - 310
30 - 305
31 - 300
32 - 295
33 - 290
34 - 285
35 - 280
36 - 275
37 - 270
38 - 265
39+ - 250


Let me know what they think about doing this, and what they think about time frame. I feel like this is a very competitive pricing structure considering these are a specialty low-volume part. 


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No thanks, I'm out!
No where near enough benefit to warrant that cost!
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Keep this thread just for those who want to purchase the arms. Moved other post to a new topic about a arm tech. Thanks Allan.  I am getting two sets of the control arms made for myself. The main motivation behind getting this group  buy was to save myself some money because the bigger the order cheaper the parts. Many had expressed interest in the past about these arms and complained that no one would make them for our cars. The reason no one makes them is because there are not enough people to buy them. I wanted to try to change that! If you are interested but think 450 is two much, spread the word on other sites etc. that you frequent. These would also fit full size galaxies rancheros and many other fords. If we can get the word out and get 30 sets sold that makes them only 250 per set, which is very competitive to prices of other arms of big company's that fit generic motors! We have a company willing to make them and possibly branch off into lower arms and adjustable  strut rods if we can get the interest. If you are still interested at the price schedule above post a reply we are up to  two sets sold (mine). Thanks Allan

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Nice.. That's fine. Thumbs Up I'm still interested in contributing by buying a set if it makes or breaks the deal. I'd say $400 is a little high personally but I'll stand by to see how things unfold. Big smile
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Is the for the uppers and lowers....one price for both...
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Originally posted by torinojon torinojon wrote:

Is the for the uppers and lowers....one price for both...
just uppers
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I'm in. Went to the little shop web site but couldn't find a way to do my deposit.

Did I miss something or are they doing it over the phone only?
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It is not on the website yet, just getting this going, I will contact him tomorrow and find out when deposits can start. Thanks Allan
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Anyone else in now that we have pricing? More in, cheaper for everyone, Thanks Allan

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