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50'custom
05-16-2010, 07:16 PM
I was wondering if anyone had any pics of a clean install, utualizing a factory mustang II front end, cross member and all into an older frame ? I have a complete setup,and am trying to save some $$$ by using it all in my 36' chevy !

50'custom
05-18-2010, 09:44 PM
seriously guys,can nobody help me out here ?

50'custom
05-26-2010, 12:53 PM
I guess I am on my own then...Once I get started I will post in my build thread.

choppintops
05-26-2010, 01:15 PM
I have a few pics of a stock one I installed in a Ford F1 years ago if you want.

50'custom
05-26-2010, 02:08 PM
That would be great, I am not actually after a swap into "my" frame so to speak. I am just after some photo's of a factory x-member being used in a install.

choppintops
05-26-2010, 02:21 PM
Here you go. Last pic shows it done at ride height.

50'custom
05-26-2010, 02:36 PM
thanx for the pics, give me an idea of what the finished product could look like/ :jc:

choppintops
05-26-2010, 04:45 PM
thanx for the pics, give me an idea of what the finished product could look like/ :jc:

That truck sat LOW in the front. If it had been mine, I would have raised it a couple inches to make it more drivable. You can see in the pics how deep I mounted it for him.

The last pic shows it at ride height. He had bags in the rear and could level it out, even with 31" tall M/T Sportsmans. I'm not a fan of bags, but it was his truck and money. Those pics show that you don't need to Z the crap out of everything to get it low.

50'custom
05-26-2010, 06:24 PM
I want my car low,but still drivable. A friend of mine owns a hot rod shop,and he is pushing HARD for me to order the cross member for my car,and install that. I just caint swing the $$$ for one. I have another buddy that trimmed a mustangs to fit a car like mine,but I only got to see it once and at that time I was not that interested. If there are no downsides other than time spent in doing it this way then I would really like to go this route. Thanx for the pics so far,and if anyone has any tips,or more pics on doing it this way then please feel free to post.

choppintops
05-26-2010, 06:30 PM
I want my car low,but still drivable. A friend of mine owns a hot rod shop,and he is pushing HARD for me to order the cross member for my car,and install that. I just caint swing the $$$ for one. I have another buddy that trimmed a mustangs to fit a car like mine,but I only got to see it once and at that time I was not that interested. If there are no downsides other than time spent in doing it this way then I would really like to go this route. Thanx for the pics so far,and if anyone has any tips,or more pics on doing it this way then please feel free to post.
Time spent? I had that front end under his car in an afternoon. Plus I knew it was all going to work because it was all stock stuff. That truck has been on the road about 10 years now. If you are paying to have it installed, often times the cost will be the same, but if doing it yourself, those kits arent needed.

50'custom
05-26-2010, 06:58 PM
By time spent I only meant- stripping the factory rails out of the crossmember vs. haveing the mail order xmember clean,and ready to install. All work is being done myself,as I would have 0 pride in the car once done.

Gravehunter
05-26-2010, 07:46 PM
I used a stock cross memeber and spindles on mine. Was going to use the whole thing(entire stock MII fron end) but lucked into a place going out of business and got the tube arms and bags CHEAP!..

Don't know if this will help you or not but here are some pics of mine.
It is VERY time consuming and alot of work to use the stock cross member. But i was unemployed and had lots of time and no money.

http://inlinethumb23.webshots.com/28438/2955086680032092443S600x600Q85.jpg

http://inlinethumb38.webshots.com/45093/2608399690032092443S600x600Q85.jpg

http://inlinethumb42.webshots.com/21993/2399003280032092443S600x600Q85.jpg

http://inlinethumb02.webshots.com/42753/2165832040032092443S600x600Q85.jpg

Gravehunter
05-26-2010, 07:48 PM
One more

http://inlinethumb11.webshots.com/41930/2214273040032092443S600x600Q85.jpg

50'custom
05-26-2010, 08:47 PM
thanx people keep em' coming !

IRON MAIDEN
06-19-2010, 05:33 AM
Can someone explain the Mustang II thing. I thought the Mustang II suspension was the aftermaket ones we see in all the Rods. Did these stem from the Ford model car?

choppintops
06-19-2010, 12:26 PM
Can someone explain the Mustang II thing. I thought the Mustang II suspension was the aftermaket ones we see in all the Rods. Did these stem from the Ford model car?

Yes, they were found under stock Ford cars. 1974-1978 Mustang II, 1974 and up Pinto, 1974 and up Mercury Bobcat. The earlier Pinto was smaller and a different design.

The mustang 2 crossmember is spotwelded to the unibody. Drill out the spotwelds (there is a lot) the whole thing comes out in one piece except the strut rod mounts and you make or buy those. They came stock with disc brakes, but were small rotors and 4 bolt wheels. They make 5 bolt rotors or bigger disc kits. Factory rack and pinion in both manual and power.

mrconcdid
07-10-2010, 12:42 AM
Like you im on a tight budget, i found a 79 pinto with power rack and disk brakes, after looking at how the stock cross member was installed and noticed how flimsy the stamped steel is on thise cars, I opted to but the "Welder series " from paul horton for $200 its twice as thick metal and a very clean looking set up, i installed the aftermarket cross member and spring hats fromthe kit, then transfered all the mustang II uppers and lowers , spindel ect to the new cross member, use a kit gave me thicker and straighter metal, since our cars are pretty heavy i felt it was the best of both worlds. I have a thred call Meet Josie in the 50's catagory if you would like to see pics pretty much step by step. I hope this helps you out.

markwever
12-17-2012, 01:50 PM
I have a 1924 chrysler "58" sedan. I am looking to put a tci mustang ifs on it. Do you think this would be possible. Any tips/tricks. It has the lower control arm that is wide and a half moon is welded horizontally to the front of the crossmember. the half moon holds the hollow bar which has the lower control arm pin through it.
Can this application work with the stock crossmember. Or am I better off getting the tci crossmember. Or "welder series" as mrconcdid suggested.

I also have a template/plan for a universal build it yourself mustang II ifs from "ROD PLANS BY CHRIS". Was thinking it would be cheaper to hire a welding or machine shop to build/fabricate for my application seeing as it is so rare.

Any suggestions?

Secret Squirrel
12-17-2012, 02:45 PM
I have a Mustang II front end in my 31 ford model a. It has a long way to go but the front is only missing the shocks att he moment. I still have alignment to do. I am not sure it applies though since I made my own frame and I am using air bags...
Figured I would share anyhow.