Last month’s issue, we just had to show you the first steps of what goes into building a killer, show-winning suspension. We began by removing the factory Panhard suspension and replacing it with a Black Magic wishbone. We then took the buildup a step further as we beefed up the suspension using Currie’s own Johnny joints. The lower trailing arms were also beefed up, as we also used their heavy-duty Currie Track trailing arms in the process. The company’s tubular suspensions have been around for years and can be seen in race cars and trophy trucks that run in the Baja 500. This same technology is being applied to our project car, making these arms and joints totally fail proof.

After we built the Currie housing in part one, we sent it over to our local chrome shop to polish and detail the housing. After a week of high detailing, the housing was shipped over to get triple-chrome plated for our further pursuit of an award-winning look. The rear end was now ready to be assembled and the full crew at Currie was ready to show us how they assemble a show-stopping rear end.

Combining rear disc brakes, the Currie trailing arms, and Black Magic wishbone on this Fab 9 housing, our project is certainly going to have people talking, as we bring modern reliability to our classic Impala. Follow along as we get this show-winning suspension upgraded on this 50-year-old car.

<strong>1</strong>. We received everything back from the chrome shop and we needed to run an inventory on the parts.<strong>2</strong>. Since we are going to be using a posi-traction third member, the inside needed to be trimmed down to make sure that there was no rubbing of the gears.<strong>3</strong>. You could see the trimming and see that it was only some of the sidewall that was cut down.<strong>4</strong>. The Strange/Currie third member was ready to be assembled.<strong>5</strong>. Ruben assembled the gears and torqued them down to 65 pounds, and then repeated the process.<strong>6</strong>. The gears were installed and turned to assure that there would be no binding between the gears when spinning.<strong>7</strong>. The gear bearings were tightened and torqued down.<strong>8</strong>. These show gears will not only let us look good but keep the rear end going straight, thanks to the Posi-traction setup.<strong>9</strong>. The Currie disc brake setup was chrome plated and taken apart, so now it needed to be assembled all over again.<strong>10</strong>. The emergency brake pads were attached to the backing plates and ready to be bolted on.<strong>11</strong>. Every heavy-duty axle that Currie builds is built to specs.<strong>12</strong>.The axles were trimmed or had minor adjustments made to them.<strong>13</strong>. The new wheel bearings were added to the axles.<strong>14</strong>. After using a press, these heavy-duty axles were ready to be installed.<strong>15</strong>. Gonzalo started off by adding the rear end gasket.<strong>16</strong>. Silicone was added to avoid oil leaks.<strong>17</strong>. The new seal gasket was aligned and left to dry in place for a few minutes before adding the gear housing.<strong>18</strong>. The rear end housing received the show-finished gear housing.<strong>19</strong>. To bolt down our gear housing, we used ARP stainless bolts and washers.<strong>20</strong>. The gear housing was evenly torqued down to 65 pounds.<strong>21</strong>. The Grade 8 T-bolts were aligned.<strong>22</strong>. The backing plates and rear brake brackets were aligned and left ready for the axles to be bolted on.<strong>23</strong>. The assembled axle went on and will need to be bolted together.<strong>24</strong>. The axles and bearings were bolted on in an even pattern.<strong>25</strong>. With the axles on the rear end, they were bolted down to 75 pounds of torque.<strong>26</strong>. The rotors slipped right onto the axle.<strong>27</strong>. The chromed calipers are made to slip right into position.<strong>28</strong>. The caliper keeps the rotors on and also from slipping off the axle.<strong>29</strong>. This Currie Rear end will have people taking a second look when they see it on our Impala.<strong>30</strong>. From any angle, this rear end looks good!