What Fits What?
This simple guide will tell you which suspension parts of popular car models (such as Camaros and Mustangs) will fit cars that are not as popular. There are some holes in the list, such as fullsize Fords, but it's safe to say what fits a Galaxie 500 will fit a Mercury Marauder of the same year.

Ford Suspension
1964-1966 Mustang Fits:
1960-1965 Mercury Comet
1964-1965 Mercury Cyclone
1960-1965 Ford Falcon
1960-1965 Ford Ranchero

1967 Mustang Fits:
1966-1967 Mercury Comet
1966-1967 Mercury Cyclone
1967 Mercury Cougar
1966-1967 Ford Fairlane
1966-1967 Ford Falcon
1966-1967 Ford Ranchero

1968-1973 Mustang Fits:
1968-1971 Mercury Cyclone
1968-1973 Mercury Cougar
1968-1971 Mercury Montego
1968-1971 Ford Fairlane
1966-1970 Ford Falcon1970-1977 Ford Maverick
1968-1971 Ford Ranchero
1968-1971 Ford Torino

Mopar Front & Rear Suspension
A-body parts pre-1967 fit:
1963-1966 Dodge Dart
1960-1966 Plymouth Valiant
1964-1966 Plymouth Barracuda

A-Body Parts 1967-1976 Fit:
1967-1976 Dodge Dart
1971-1972 Dodge Demon
1973-1976 Dodge Dart Sport
1967-1976 Plymouth Valiant
1967-1969 Plymouth Barracuda
1970-1976 Plymouth Duster
1972-1976 Plymouth Scamp

B-Body Parts Through 1972 Fit:
1960-1962 Dodge Dart
1962-1964 Dodge Polara
1965-1972 Dodge Coronet
1966-1972 Dodge Charger
1968-1971 Dodge Super Bee
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
1962-1964 Plymouth Fury
1962-1964 Plymouth Savoy
1962-1970 Plymouth Belvedere
1965-1972 Plymouth Satellite
1967-1972 Plymouth GTX
1968-1972 Plymouth Road Runner
1970 Plymouth Superbird

B-Body Parts 1973-1978 Fit:
1973-1976 Dodge Coronet
1973-1978 Dodge Charger
1977-1978 Dodge Monaco
1973-1974 Plymouth Satellite
1973-1974 Plymouth GTX
1973-1975 Plymouth Road Runner
1975-1978 Plymouth Fury

E-Body Parts Fit:
1970-1974 Dodge Challenger
1970-1974 Plymouth Barracuda
All pre-1972 B-body

GM Front Suspension
1964-1972 Chevy Chevelle (A-body) Fits:
1964-1972 Chevy El Camino
1970-1972 Chevy Monte Carlo
1964-1972 Buick Skylark (incl. GS)
1964-1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass (incl. 442)
1969-1972 Pontiac Grand Prix
1964-1972 Pontiac LeMans (incl. GTO)
1971-1972 GMC Sprint

1967-1969 Chevy Camaro (F-/X-body) Fits:
1968-1979 Chevy Nova
1973-1979 Oldsmobile Omega
1971-1977 Pontiac Ventura
1973-1975 Buick Apollo
1975-1979 Buick Skylark
1975-1979 Cadillac Seville

1970-1981 Chevy Camaro (F-body) Fits:
1970-1981 Pontiac Firebird
1975 Buick Apollo
1975-1977 Chevy Nova

1978-1987 G-Body Fits:
1982-1987 Buick Grand National
1978-1988 Chevy Monte Carlo
1978-1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass
1978-1987 Pontiac Grand Prix
1978-1988 El Camino
1978-1987 GMC Caballero

GM Rear Suspension
1964-1967 Chevy Chevelle (A-body) Fits:
1964-1967 Chevy El Camino
1964-1967 Chevy Monte Carlo
1964-1967 Buick Skylark (incl. GS)
1964-1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass (incl. 442)
1964-1967 Pontiac LeMans (incl. GTO)

1973-1977 Chevy Chevelle (A-body) Fits:
1973-1977 Chevy El Camino
1973-1977 Chevy Monte Carlo
1973-1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass (incl. 442)
1973-1977 Pontiac LeMans (incl. Tempest, Grand Prix, and GTO)
1973-1977 GMC Sprint

1978-1988 Chevy Malibu (A-/G-body) Fits:
1978-1988 Chevy El Camino
1978-1988 Chevy Monte Carlo
1978-1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass (incl. 442)
1978-1988 Pontiac LeMans (incl. Tempest, Grand Prix, and GTO)
1978-1987 GMC Caballero

Leaf Springs For 1967-1969 Chevy Camaro (F-body) Fit:
1970-1973 Chevy Camaro
1968-1974 GM X-body (Nova, Ventura, etc.)
1967-1973 Pontiac Firebird

Magnum Force
Tubular K-Member Coilover Kit
Fits: 1960-1974 B- and E-body Mopars: 'Cuda, Challenger, Charger, Roadrunner, GTX, Satellite, Super Bee, Coronet, R/T, Superbird, Daytona, 1960-1962 Dart, 1962-1964 Fury, and Polara1967-up A-body Mopars: Dart, Duster, Demon, Barracuda, Valiant, and Scamp.

We can't forget about the Mopar guys and Magnum Force certainly hasn't. It makes control arms, subframe connectors, and complete suspension kits for most early Mopars. Its kits cover a spread of years and models too long to list here. It removes the factory K-member and replaces it with a fabricated in-house piece that connects all of its aftermarket suspension components. This kit can knock up to 150 pounds off the nose.

The kit comes with a bar that is welded-in along the factory inner fender. This helps to support the loads dished out by hot rodders that were never expected by factory designers. Another issue the factory didn't give much attention to is header clearance. Mopar torsion-bar suspension is notorious for leaving little room for headers, but Magnum Force eliminates the torsion bars, and offers headers to take advantage of the new-found space.

The option list is extensive to say the least. Magnum Force offers the tubing finished in many colors including black chrome. You can also choose from double- or single-adjustable shocks, optional sway bar, motor plate or mounts, brake kits, drop spindles, and several steering options.

Pricing:
Tubular K-member kit (starting at) $3,295

Source:
Magnum Force
408-559-6633
www.magnumforce.com

Lateral Dynamics
Three-Link Rear Suspension
Fits: 1967-1969 Camaro and Firebird, 1968-1972 Nova, Omega, Apollo, and Ventura (GM F- and X-body)
We are no stranger to this suspension setup; Steven Rupp's project car, Bad Penny, uses Lateral Dynamic's three-link setup. This suspension is based on the idea that three points-a triangle-is nature's preferred shape. Lateral Dynamics has spent years perfecting the workings of this suspension, and has found that the three-link is ideal. They use long control arms because the length of the arm helps to smooth out suspension movement.

While many companies use a Panhard bar to locate the rearend, Lateral Dynamics uses a Watt's link to control movement. The flaw with the Panhard bar is that it can allow some side-to-side movement when the housing goes through its travel. A Watt's link is more expensive, but the folks at Lateral Dynamics say its well worth it.

Nearly every part on this three-link setup is adjustable. This means that there are infinite adjustments you can perform to optimize the suspension for your car. It also means you may want to find someone who knows how to set it up! Lateral Dynamics supplies everything you need to get the installation done, from the housing to the hardware.

Pricing:
Base kit (excludes center section, shocks, and brakes) $3,750

Source:
American Touring Specialists
702-245-6305
www.t56kit.com

GM Alphabet Soup
Making Sense of the Automotive Alphabet SoupCar companies are huge entities, which almost always means that there's a great deal of component sharing across different car lines and model years. When it comes to really common parts that require a great deal of effort to design and produce-such as suspension components-commonality becomes more than a convenience for manufacturers, it's a necessity.

What follows is a fairly comprehensive list of vehicle platforms for General Motors. Generally speaking, different models that shared the same platform-for instance a '68 Chevelle and a '72 Olds Cutlass-can take the same aftermarket suspension bolt-ons, even though the manufacturer's catalog might only show the more popular Chevelle application.

You'll find really weird stuff, too. For instance, the front suspension of the first generation F-body is the same as the GM compact X-body. That means, in theory at least, a bunch of Camaro suspension parts will fit a 1979 Cadillac Seville. Who says a late '70s Cadillac isn't sporty? We've never tried the swap, so don't hold us to it-but it sure does fertilize the imagination.

GM Body Codes
A-body
1964-1977 Chevy Chevelle
1964-1981 Chevy El Camino
1970-1981 Chevy Monte Carlo
1964-1970 Pontiac Tempest (Incl. GTO)
1964-1981 Pontiac LeMans
1964-1972 Buick Special
1964-1972 Buick Skylark (Incl. GS)
1964-1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass (Incl. 442)

B-Body
1959-1985 Buick LeSabre
1959-1972 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959-1975 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965-1985 Chevrolet Impala (incl. SS)
1965-1996 Chevrolet Caprice
1991-1996 Buick Roadmaster
1959-1981 Pontiac Bonneville
1960-1961 Pontiac Ventura
1962-1968 Pontiac Grand Prix
1977-1978 Buick Riviera

F-Body
1967-2002 Chevrolet Camaro
1967-2002 Pontiac Firebird

G-Body
1978-1988 Chevy Monte Carlo
1978-1983 Chevy Malibu
1978-1987 Chevy El Camino
1978-1987 Buick Regal (Incl. Grand National)
1978-1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass (incl. 442)

The metric G-body was actually classified as an A-body from its inception in 1978 all the way through the 1981 model year. The '78 -81 cars are sometimes listed as A-bodies as a result, but are actually G-bodies.
H-Body
1971-1977 Chevy Vega
1975-1980 Chevy Monza
1973-1977 Pontiac Astra
1975-1980 Oldsmobile Starfire
1976-1980 Pontiac Sunbird

X-body
1968-1979 Chevy Nova
1973-1979 Oldsmobile Omega
1971-1977 Pontiac Ventura
1973-1975 Buick Apollo
1975-1979 Buick Skylark
1975-1979 Cadillac Seville

Y-Body
1984-present Chevy Corvette

Z-Body
1965-1969 Chevrolet Corvair