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Old 03-06-2006, 05:01 AM
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55 Ford Crossmember Replacement

Looking at a nice 1955 Ford Fairlane. Owner says it needs the front crossmember replaced. Anyone have any experience with this project and where would I find a new replacement? I assume the engine would have to be pulled and alot of welding involved. All imput would be appreciated.

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I believe it was No. 1 crossmember that rusted out on these cars. It is the one under the core support. I think I read about there being a replacement.
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How about a pic of that..we can then offer some better suggestions..Also are you doing a stock restoration or a rod??..makes a difference as to the options..

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The car is 100% bone stock. 272 cui V-8 motor with automatic. Have no idea what is rusted out. Owner said car needed front crossmember replaced. I haven't went and looked at the car yet as I don't want to buy something that is going to need a major lot of work and costly. That's why I posted first to see if any one has any ideas as to time and money. Does the engine and radiator need to be pulled?

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It is the very front crossmember under the core support that the front of the lower A arms bolt to that rusts out,I had the one in my 55 replaced. I used a good used one for mine but a reproduction is being made and any frame shop should be able to install it and the motor does not have to be removed just the front bumper and spash pan,I have the number and address for the manufacture of the repro crossmember Goodell fabrications 11986 S 267th E Avenue Coweta OK 74429 918-636-7071 They have two versions,one for a concourse restoration and a hot rod version and they are 299.95 postpaid I have seen NOS ones go for a bunch more and I paid almost for a used one. Jeff
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Cross-member replacement

Hey Jeff: Is that your coupe in the picture? Sweet Ride!!! I own a 34 Ford 3-Window Coupe/Cobalt Blue and Black. Hey...Thanks for the comeback. Do you know if that cross-member is rivet or welded to the frame? Can the job be done at home with a lift?

If you go to www.dennis-carpenter.com/ you can click on 52-56 Ford Catalog and type in front crossmember when the catalog comes up. There will be a listing for 55-56 Front Crossmember...click on picture and tell me if that is what you are referring to for this 55 Ford. If it is, I'll try Goodell Fabrications in Oklahoma if the car checks out.

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I wish that was my coupe,the crossmember I mentioned was in the crown vic club newsletter and could be the same one dennis carpenter sells. Jeff
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The crossmember is welded in,I did some trading with a frame shop to get mine put in. Jeff
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Hey sweet-34 how did that crossmember replacement turn out? I just bought a 55 ford Customline and new to replace mine too.
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Hey sweet-34 how did that crossmember replacement turn out? I just bought a 55 ford Customline and new to replace mine too.
Ended up buying a nice '55 Customline 2-Door Post from Kansas that didn't need a new front crossmember. From what I understand it's not a big job but kind of expensive.~~~~~~Ron
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