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Old 12-19-2006, 11:45 AM
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What was the problem with the MII from in the 64 Ranchero? The only thing I can think of is it's not much of an improvement. the suspension design isn't that much different from the original Ranchero design except for the spring placement. The high spring on the original design is very roll resistant -- much more than the MII. You'll need a stout roll bar with the MII suspension whereas the original really didn't need one for normal driving. The real benefits of the MII design over the original is the MII has built in anti-dive (shouldn't nose down as much as the original) and parts availability. Parts aren't real hard to get for the 64 Ranchero suspension though.

The MII is about as much of a "universal" suspension as you can find, but it's not a big improvement over everything. It's great for cars without an good independent suspension or one that's hard to find parts for. Anything else you're compromising the orignal engineering that went into the car.

In this case (64 Ranchero), I don't think there are any real advantages to the MII design at all, unless you need to get rid of the spring towers or you're building something that you need to change parts around a lot on. Maybe a road racer that you'll be setting up for different tracks and need to change or adjust the srpings. If you just want to improve ride and handling, 10-20% stiffer progressive rate springs to replace the originals makes a world of diference. Coil Spring specialties will wind the coils to your specs for the same price as stock replacements, just takes 2-3 weeks lead time.

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cboy, Thanks for the kind words. I'll get more done with pictures when I can. Right now I'm taking more training with the fire dept. Three days and two nights of class room plus a twelve hour shift on the weekend.
I still haven't changed out the rearend, extended and welded the steering shaft, or even bought rims and tires yet. I'm in the middle of helping my wife change out an engine in her 70 Ford pick-up.
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Stilll thinking about a frame?

I've got a rolling chassis from my 36 Ford Coupe. Let me know if your interested....
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i have an assembly manual for the thorobread conversion. if there is something you need let me know. i saw them in person and wwas impressed. had the idea of using one as a delivery truck for my plumbing company but it didn't work out
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I don't get the whole frame swap thing. The early frame is a simple piece of beauty, the late frames are ugly as a boil on my ars, I don't get it.

The time it takes to modify the frame, floor, motor mounts.........on and on and on, you could update the stock frame and be driving it with a smile on your face.

I don't get it, just don't get it.

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hay I am in the middle of restoring my 36 pickup

I took the original frame from the 36 ford and put a mustang II front suspention rack and pinion and all that then took an 8.8 rear end from a lincoln and put in it then I bought some 5 lug roaters form speedway mag so the front and back would have the same lug pattern. but I welded and fabricated most of the new brackets I am sure you could do the same. I also built new motor mounts for a 289ci and a c6 tranny out of a 67' galaxie. It is all coming to gether smoothly the Only Hickup I had was the ride highth is the rear and that was fixed by sortening the coial springs that came with the rear end. but like I said I would Be easy to do the same for yours. and to fix the frame all you have to do is notch it were you are replacing the old rusted peices in a v grooves or fish grooves so the slip to gether and weld them up this will help keep the frame strong and keep it from cracking next to the weld bead.
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1936 Ford Pickup on a 1998 Ranger frame

I built a 1936 ford pickup on a 1998 Ranger frame. I used a fiberglass cab and fiberglass front and rear fenders. Has a steel bed with and aluminum floor. 350 S/B with a 700-R4 trans. It has power disk brakes all the way around and power steering. It drives great.
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