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Old 03-05-2007, 02:21 PM
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If you dont brake it or screw it up the first time you dont have to fix it and that is cheaper Its the little things like not seting the pinion angle with the suspension extended instead of compressed.When you dont do it all the time you miss alot of the little stuff.
Thats why I am here! To get all the help I can and help out where I can.

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Old 03-05-2007, 03:54 PM
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Well i started on the MII today, took it down to the shop i work at yesterday. My whole front end consists of 2 frame rails(one boxed in, one not). I took apart my steering box/column, i couldnt get the pitman arm off so i decided to try and cut it off..... 20 minutes later(1/2 through the steering gear) the damn thing just fell off . so that is out of the way now. Parking brake bracket is off with a little help of a air hammer. suspension is dropped to the floor. Tomarrow i am going to box in the other frame rail. from there it should be easy sailing. i think it might be a little easier to box the frame with the suspension out. i got some pictures ill try to figure out how to get em on here! ill keep ya updated.

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Old 03-05-2007, 05:32 PM
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Lookin good big Streamline. Glad to see another truck tore apart besides mine!
Keep us informed and take pics we can see how a MII goes in.
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Old 03-05-2007, 10:11 PM
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So I have read about using nova and camaro front clips for the 3100 but how about an s10 front suspension i was looking into doing a full frame swap but would rather just swap the front end.

my reason is i want to lower the truck a considerable amount but i think if i do any more then 4" (ie: 4in axel drop plus springs) i will get bump steer
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:20 PM
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I don't know about the s10 front end But I know that for the camaro front end you can get drop axles and everything you need to set it on the ground if you want.here are a couple pictures of my friend Brian's 69 camaro and you can see just how low you can go and still drive it on the street.It does not have airbags.
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Hi REDFOX

I believe the track on an S10 is to narrow for the 55 to 59 trucks. I know people use them for the earlier trucks. I think you would be better off with a camaro or other clip that matches closer to the track you have. What about one of the after market MII kits?.
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I have a Mustang II frontend in my 57 it's been in about 6 years I guess.
It's a Fat Man Fabrications MII frontend with tubular A frames, it works great , but the poly bushings squeak and the power rack and pinion steering takes some getting used to. I think if I was going to do it again I would try a Camaro clip, 70 or later with front steer.
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After thinking about this alittle I would go with a Camaro clip for sure next time.
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Old 03-06-2007, 03:37 PM
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Redfox, i am installing a MII right now. the reason i decided to go with this is because i can put one together for about 1000. if you were to subframe your truck you would have just as much money into it as the MII. with the MII you do not have to worry about your geometry. you have to worry about some but not as much as what you have to with a subframe, im going to be installing air ride on mine wich will give me about 11-13" of travle.

Update on my MII, crossmember welded in, spring perches welded in. only took me about 14 hours total to install it but it is done!!! well actally all but 2 welds(we ran out of gas) ill get some picture on here in a minute.
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Old 03-06-2007, 06:00 PM
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Check out the difference in the size of these calipers. Brand new kit from CPP. Measure once, install once. The picture convinced them they had a problem. Third one in the mail.
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Old 03-06-2007, 07:53 PM
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Dave even without my glasses I can see the difference in those.I took the parking brake bracket off the frame.It sure looks better without all the linkage and brackets.Now for the out the fender well headers It is sure hard to do before and after pics when it posts the pictures in the order it wants to regardless of what order I upload them in.So I have an after picture and a before picture I need a super man smiley.You know take 3 steps an let it fly
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Old 03-06-2007, 08:03 PM
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Well I can tell which one is before and which one is after. Looks great. You have sure made my job easier when I get to it. I don't have any of the rear linkage and cables intact. It is so great to have all this help on a specific truck like this. Hope I can help someone with something I actually know.
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Old 03-06-2007, 08:08 PM
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Dave I will use your temporary paint booth idea when I get to the frame off total restoration.I just have to get all the custom parts assembled and on the truck first
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Well, i just ordered my Tubular controle arms and brakes and spindles. that only ran $624. now that im broke i can go back to doing body work and all the cheep stuff!
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