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Old 12-11-2008, 12:18 PM
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66 Mustang parts swap

I have a '66 Mustang that im going to do a V8 swap on.. It has the 6 right now. I need to get new spindles and a bigger rearend and a few other things like the drag link and pitman arm, new tie rod ends and sleeves.

I have a 70s Maverick ('71 or '72.. cant remember) with no engine and no transmission and no title.. It originally had 302 im pretty sure. I know it has the 8" rear end and V8 parts I need... Would these 70s Maverick parts fit on a '66 Mustang??

Just trying to spend as little money as possible so if anyone knows about this I'd love to know!! Thanks!
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They should fit fine. The only difference you may find would be mating the tie rod ends to the center link, may have a different diameter on the tie rod than a 6 cyl Mustang.

I took the front spindles and brakes off an early 70's Merc Capri and bolted them to my 66 with no problem at all. Was done to utilize the disc brakes on the Capri, a huge improvement in my opinion.

Measure the rear end from backing plate to backing plate, should be very similar width.
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The Maverick stuff should work, but I would measure everything first to see if it will work. I would check the overall width of the rearend and from spring perch to spring perch. Around two or three years ago I bought a 70 Mustang at a auction that had no suspension under it. I had a 77 Granada that I used for parts and everything bolted up except for the power steering stuff. The rearend was the same as the 70 Mustang as was the front suspension parts.
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you overlooked a few items needed:

http://www.mustangandfords.com/howto...wap/index.html
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No the Maverick steering parts will not work! If you measure the distance between frame rails you will find the Maverick is actually narrower than the Mustang so the drag link and tie rods will not fit. I know of one conversion that was done using Maverick parts including the steering box which was used to eliminate the "spear" type solid steering shaft. In order for every thing to fit under the Mustang he had to use 1/2" spacer plates under the steering box and idler arm bracket where it bolts through the frame rail. This allowed the drag link and tie rods to be used while keeping the idler arm and pitman arm in proper alignment but the bumpsteer was terrible because this left the inner tie rod pivot in the wrong location in relation to the control arm pivot points and while this set-up did work, sort of anyway, and he drove it that way I would not recommend it because of the bad bumpsteer characteristics.


The parts I am talking about are the actual steering linkage parts, disc brake spindles from a Granada or Monarch and possibly Maverick spindles works fine and this conversion is quite common.

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I have a '66 Mustang that im going to do a V8 swap on.. It has the 6 right now. I need to get new spindles and a bigger rearend and a few other things like the drag link and pitman arm, new tie rod ends and sleeves.

I have a 70s Maverick ('71 or '72.. cant remember) with no engine and no transmission and no title.. It originally had 302 im pretty sure. I know it has the 8" rear end and V8 parts I need... Would these 70s Maverick parts fit on a '66 Mustang??

Just trying to spend as little money as possible so if anyone knows about this I'd love to know!! Thanks!
V8 cars had 5 bolt wheels, 6s had 4 bolt wheels.
The Mav rear will bolt in using the Mav parts, since the axle tubes are larger.
While you are there, replace the f and r spring bushings with polyurethane. The rubber is rotten by now.

The front end needs the V8 heavier parts upgrade and 5 bolt wheels,
and use Maverick disc brake spindles/assembly (74-75 preferred/ or Granada), including the master cylinder and brass brake valve from the donor vehicle.

When using the disc spindles, use the corresponding tie rod ends from the donor car and the 66 V8 Mustang center link, since the M/G is as wide as a 67 Mustang.
It is not a total bolt in deal, it takes a little work, but it finishes well.
While you are there, do the upper control arm drop a la Shelby.
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i thort

the 66 was only V8, 6 cyl was65?
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While you are there, do the upper control arm drop a la Shelby.

If you only make one mod it should be this one! Dropping that CA will make a lot of difference and costs nothing except a little time.
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the 66 was only V8, 6 cyl was65?
Doh
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Ford put a six cylinder in every year of Mustang made, except the 74 model year which only had a 2.3 four.
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We are in the process of building a 66 Mustang for my daughter.We took the front suspension and cross member from a Pinto and it worked out very nice.Now it has rack and pinion steering and the 350 tuned port and 700R4 fits with no problem. It also let us get rid of those ugly shock towers.We picked up the Pinto for $100.00 so it was a cheap swap. If you want a bolt in swap I was told that a disc brake Granada works.
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thanx merc

u learn sumfin evryday eh? neva knew that,thort only the 6 was in the 65 1/2 stang,neva seen a 6 in a later version,but bow to ur knowledge
******* Russ lol
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