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I can't seem to find my Ford shop manual, so are you supposed to torque everything down with the full weight of the car on the suspension, or can I torque it down hanging there?

Also do you guys think it will be o.k. to let it hang there overnight w/o any problems(no wheels on car-front on jackstands). Thanks,Bob

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You should torque everything down with the weight of the car on the suspension, but that doesn't mean the tires have to be on or the car on the ground. The easiest way is to lift the whole front end on a floor jack and put the jackstands on the low setting under the outside ends of the lower a-arms. then let the weight of the car down and you can still get to everything to tighten it.

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I've always just torqued everything down with it up on jackstands. I figure 80 foot pounds is 80 foot pounds wether it's in the air or on the ground. I also figured it's better to torque it with it in the air, where things move much easier as they're being tightened down if they need to.

Leaving the car on the jackstands won't hurt anything.

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I don't remember seeing it specified in the ol' '65 Ford Shop Manual for the big Ford or Mustang/Falcon/Fairlane/Comet. I've wondered how the factory did it. Come to think of it, how did they assemble the 'Stangs while the cars were moving along on an assembly line for hours on end and I get a backache just removing and replacing the headlight switch. One of those modern mysteries, I suppose...

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I torqued everything while up on jackstands, with the exception of the lower arm to body bolt. I had to pull the car up on ramps so I could maneuver the long torque wrench and get a reading on it. Good Luck.

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