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Old 07-11-2004, 04:01 PM
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38 chevy, subframe it or put a mustang 2 front end on it?

i have a 38 chevy and i was wondering which would be easier to do? the subframe or the mustang 2? i also want to look as good as it can be, because i have seen some cars that have been subframed that look like they are done wrong? any info on this topic would help

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My personal choice would be a Mustang II IFS. When you swap frames or install a sub-frame you're creating a lot of extra work for yourself, especially when it comes to hanging the front sheet metal and radiator back on the car. You will have to fabricate all that stuff and although it isn't terribly hard it can be very time consuming. With the Mustang II kit you can be finished with it in a weekend and not have to worry about remounting the sheet metal.

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Old 07-11-2004, 04:22 PM
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thanks for the info, i was leaning towards this direction anyway and i just wanted to get some other people who have done this before opinion
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it is very easy to install a mustang II front end...I did my first one a week or two ago...make sure you weld with a 220 amp MIG and measure...measure....measure..and measure! And if you ****-up, don't tell any of these guys!

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Old 07-11-2004, 11:15 PM
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I prefer the mustang II style for a couple of reasons.
1. Ease of installation when using either a stock cross-member or a quality after-market unit. Do a search on this site as it has been talked about a lot.
2. Wheel location. On your 38 Chevy the sub-frame will put the front wheel right at the edge of the fenders unless you use the narrowed A-arms or super skinny wheels.

This is just my thoughts on the matter and are by no means law.
FYI the stock Mustang II cross-member has been in the 36 since the late 80 and has about 40,000 miles on it and it has never cracked.
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