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1959 Ford Fairlane front clip swap

Hello guys, Im new to the board and new to building cars. I recently came across my fathers very first car, a 1959 Ford Fairlane. I am planning to re-paint it, re-chrome everything, polish all S.S, rebuild the motor, rebuild the rear-end, all new upholstery, sound system, and change out the front suspension. I was told by a friend that a Mustang II/Pinto front end would swap in, but I am not sure. Does anyone know if this can be done? And if so, how? Thank you.

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I was told by a friend that a Mustang II/Pinto front end would swap in, but I am not sure. Does anyone know if this can be done? And if so, how? Thank you.


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Your friend was referring to a Mustang II conversion sach as you can buy from Fatman Fabrications as well as many others. This is a popular solution to get independent front suspension on cars that originally came with a solid axle or for people who want to switch to a rack and pinion steering.

I sounds like you are going back stock with your Fairlane and there is really no benefit to the Mustang II over the stock steering. Plan on rebuilding the stock steering and maybe doing a front disc brake conversion and you will have a sweet ride.

There is a company, Starbird I think, that makes conversion kits for many cars. Search on the site for Starbird and you get some good information. Fatman also handles some disc brake conversion kits and if they don't have one for you then they could direct you to some other suppliers.
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I just checked on the site and it's "scarebird" that makes the kits.

http://www.scarebird.com/
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Yes the main purpose was to have the steering changed to Rack and Pinion steering and have disk brakes. But if rebuilding the original steering and simply installing a Disk Brake conversion kit will do the same, than that is what I will do. Thanks
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Will the 57-68 Galaxie Conversion work on my Fairlane 500?
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Will the 57-68 Galaxie Conversion work on my Fairlane 500?
Their FORD kit is not ready yet. You would do better to just do a GRANADA disc swap. GOOGLE for info.

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Hello guys, Im new to the board and new to building cars. I recently came across my fathers very first car, a 1959 Ford Fairlane. I am planning to re-paint it, re-chrome everything, polish all S.S, rebuild the motor, rebuild the rear-end, all new upholstery, sound system, and change out the front suspension. I was told by a friend that a Mustang II/Pinto front end would swap in, but I am not sure. Does anyone know if this can be done? And if so, how? Thank you.

Contact Fatman Fabrications @ www.fatmanfab.com. they will have a stub to weld right in . they also have tech support. 704-545-0369.
I have one in my 57 ford fairlane, works great.
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Awesome guys. Thanks for the prompt replies. I also have another question.

Where can I find pre-fabricated floor pannels for my 1959 Ford Fairlane 300 Custom? I called Dearborn Clissics as well as Dennis Carpenter and neither of them has it. I really do not have experience in fabricating a floor, all I can do is fiberglass the entire thing, but not sure if that would be O.K? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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did u google 59 ford floor pans ? i did. came up with this . u mite like
http://www.wurthitdesigns.com/57Fordfloors.htm
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Where can I find pre-fabricated floor pannels for my 1959 Ford Fairlane 300 Custom? I called Dearborn Clissics as well as Dennis Carpenter and neither of them has it.
The 59 was stretched (chassis longer) compared to the 57/58. That is why they are not available. You may have to use a 57/58 pair and fab the missing section.

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Give these guys a call-

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A couple of Ideas

I have a 57 RWagon 351w with AOD Rack& pinon. Just put duel m/c on stock brakes. I would stay with stock front end [rebuild it] and mabey disk brakes. Stay away from vendors that sell 605 steering boxes and be wary of whom you deal with. good luck
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Awesome guys. Thanks for the prompt replies. I also have another question.

Where can I find pre-fabricated floor pannels for my 1959 Ford Fairlane 300 Custom? I called Dearborn Clissics as well as Dennis Carpenter and neither of them has it. I really do not have experience in fabricating a floor, all I can do is fiberglass the entire thing, but not sure if that would be O.K? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Try using large sheets of cardboard to make a template of the rusted area that you will have to cut out, take to a sheet metal shop and have them make them up and have them bead rolled for strength , I did this on a 65 Riviera that was so bad it looked like Fred Flinstones car, and it worked great , welded everything up with my pocket mig sealed it and painted it , looked factory!
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I have found someone to do the Rack and Pinion steering on my car. I just need the best place to find a disk brake conversion kit. All the kits I see are well ever 1,000 dollars.
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