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I am starting to street rod a '48 ford coupe and a '53 chev 1/2 ton pickup. I would like to find front suspensions, steering columns and rear ends that would be easy swaps that I could find at the local parts yards. I have very limited funds so cost is a major factor. Any "experienced" help would be appreciated. Also any suggestion for a 20+ mpg engine for the '48 ford that would be a nice fit?

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I can talk 48 Ford. Mustang II front suspension is the best way to go. Kit is easiest, but you can cut one out and fit into your frame, which requires a bunch of cutting and pasting to make it right. You will need new rear suspension and have lots to chose from. The Mustang II/Pinto/Bobcat rear springs will work but you will need to fabricate spring hangers/perches and modify axle housing of choice to mount onto these springs (kits are available). Other springs that work also are Dodge Ram PU (80s) and Chevy S 10. The easiest motor to install is Ford or Chevy V-6 hooked to their respective trannys, but the SBC is much easier than SBF because of the 2.5 diff. in length. Regardless, the X member will require some work. If you are bent on late model tilt steering column, I will defer to others. You can make your stock column work very easily with the Mustang II rack and pinion and makes for a neat setup. My opinion, but I would tackle one vehicle at a time so you don't end up not finishing either!!

20 MPG can be obtained on the 48 coupe with either SBC or SBF by staying near stock, an overdrive tranny and high 2's, low 3's rear end ratios. Or you can go tuned port Chevy or 5.0 Ford and get still better mileage and performance.

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hey guys, I need a measurement from a 48 Ford (or back to 37)!! Posted earlier, but no replies. What I need is the center to center measurements, vertical and horizontal, of the original spindles -- where they bolt to the axle. I'm wanting to use a disc brake kit on another application and wondering how close the early Ford spindle bolt pattern is to the AMC I'm working with. If it's close, parts will be less a problem. Or I might be able to fab an adapter.
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check out the front susp. on a Ford Aerostar, six bolts holds the compleat front assb. including sub frame, rack, disc, springs the works, also 5 lug 5 on4 1/2 rotors looks to good to be true, but it is. Good Luck JF
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