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Old 03-20-2005, 09:17 AM
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i have a 8.8 mustang rear i want to put in a 53 ford customline . i have the trailing arms from the mustang my question is would it be worth trying to fabricate the stock parts from mustang to 53 ford? would the arms be strong enough and long enough because of the weight difference of both cars? or start fram scratch with a aftermarket 4 link suspension. thanks paul

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4 link?

You talking 4 link or 4 bar?

A 4 link will handle anything you are going to throw at it.

A 4 bar is different matter. You will need to box or better yet replace lower bars. put energy suspension neoprene bushings in the upper bars. Then their is the issue of pinion angle.
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i have a 8.8 mustang rear i want to put in a 53 ford customline . i have the trailing arms from the mustang my question is would it be worth trying to fabricate the stock parts from mustang to 53 ford? would the arms be strong enough and long enough because of the weight difference of both cars? or start fram scratch with a aftermarket 4 link suspension. thanks paul
Strengthwise, I would consider the stock Mustang links quite adequate.

Pocketbookwise, I'd use the Mustang parts you already have, assuming that it's not too difficult to pick up the link front ends on the early Ford.

But, why do you want to change? Do you want a ratio that's only available with the newer rear? If it's a street car, why not stick with the '53 parts and add traction bars?
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Making mounts to carry the OEM stuff may not be too bad. Braketeer is right about boxing it up. Pinion angle is no big deal to keep, just have your ducks in a row during mock-up. The advantage to an aftermarket 4-bar is their geometry is engineered in and you locate to their spec. I like the idea of making something look engineered like OEM vs store-bought, but that's just my opinion.
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yes i want to do a trianguled 4 link. the rear and leaf springs are in bad shape. i picked up 1986 gt mustang 5.0 engine and 5 speed trans and i wanted to use mustang rear and what ever else i can use off car .
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Get the leaf springs redone and weld on perches to put the Mustang rear in your car......as long as it is the right width.
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yes i want to do a trianguled 4 link. the rear and leaf springs are in bad shape. i picked up 1986 gt mustang 5.0 engine and 5 speed trans and i wanted to use mustang rear and what ever else i can use off car .
Sounds good to me!

You would have to fabricate the mounts on the frame. Install aftermarket lower control arms for strength and the ability to adjust pinion angle and pre-load (or modify the stock arms). Panhard and sway bar (SVO MUST) and you would have it.

Regarding the upper arms, it is one end of them polyurethane bushings are not recommenced for use, can't remember which end. Do a search.

Note: The 1986 5.0L heads are not performance orientated.
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