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Old 09-08-2002, 08:14 PM
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Hello, I just purchased a 1976 mustang II cobra front end because I was told it will bolt up with minor difficulty for ims. I own a 1953 chevy 3600 3/4 ton. This is a project my son and I have taken on and it is going well so far. Will I need a kit crossmember? Has anyone done this or could anyone be of some help?
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Old 09-09-2002, 06:21 AM
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First, I am proud to see the name and all it implies. I have 9 yr old son who is starting to identify tools while daddy is under the car teaching him words not to say in front of mommy or grandma.
Fatman and others make kits for this stuff, but if you have the entire front end, I think it' a matter of trim, fit and weld. Watch you geomertry and make sure the whells line up in the wheel wells. As you put weight on the nose, the wheels will travel back a bit.
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Old 09-09-2002, 06:57 AM
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thanks for the info. My boy also loves helping. We all have to start somewhere
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Although you could cut and fit the Mustang crossmember there is no guarantee you would get the geometry right and ride height might not be what you're looking for.

My suggestion would be to go with a Mustang II crossmember kit from Heidts or one of the other major manufacturers. These kits are designed for your truck and will locate the wheels in the correct location plus give you the proper geometry. All the stock parts rack, upper and lower control arms, and strut rods will then bolt right on. The nice thing is that you can do this entire installation in a day (once you have the frame prepared). I have a section on my site showing that exact installation on a 53 Chevy pickup.


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Thanks for the step by step That helped alot. So your saying as long as I purchase the kit which is specificly for the 1953 chevy 3600 it should fit up?
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Thats correct. The aftermarket manufacturers make these kits specifically for each particular car or truck. Actually I think your truck would take the same kit as the 1/2 ton. The frames are very similar from the cab forward.

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