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Old 12-25-2007, 01:35 AM
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frame swap:ranger to mustang

this might sound odd to everyone but here goes:
how hard would it be to swap the rear section of a ford ranger frame(early 90s ranger) into the back of a 1979 mustang?
im building a car for drag racing and was talking to a few guys who said theyve seen some odd set up like this

would the frame section be welding to the body? bolted on? has anyone ever seen this?

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I have never seen it and hope I never do. Nothing is impossible but it is not practical. It would have to be welded in, but unless you are building a 4X4 the frame on the ranger is shaped all wrong for a good low stance.
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frame swap:ranger to mustang

measure the frame width at ends and mark on bottom of floor pan and trunk pan .make sure to put a center mark as well where axle will locate in center of wheel well.
remove all rear trailing arms and be prepared to trim there brackets on the pans .
take some card board and make a temp lit of floor bottom from where the frame starts and ends .
lay temp lit on frame side and mark it at about center of frame up and down .
torch or plasma cut , i have sawzall them ,and remove the top half of frame.
you will actually cut only the ends cause the center where wheel wells are will still be the hole top and bottom .
then weld to bottom of car making sure your axle is centered again .
for lower stance ,heat springs and bend at rear of ,or flip the rear on top of springs ,using flip kit or cut and replace the pads on the rear .

this is how we do our dirt track cars
and we did one for a guy that drags his 2003 mustang .
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Don't you think a back half kit from Alston Engineering....or similar would be much better.................and would go through tech a lot easier at the strip?
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i didn't much think of a back half kit until this morning
and i also kind of thought a leaf sprung fox mustang would be kind cool,and different
but i think practicality would win in this situation
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Frame swap;Ranger to Mustang

There was an episode of Muscle Cars on cable where Lou built a sub=frame under a Mustang that I though was very good. It had an adjustable 4-link with coil overs. At the end of the show, they took the car to a strip and showed how to dial in the suspension.

With the amount of fabrication you would have to do to graft the Ranger frame to the Mustang. you might find it easier to scratch build a sub frame to fit the pony.

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that actually sounds like a much better idea(building a subframe) i think thats what ill do thanks for the ideas

does anyone have any pictures of any fox mustangs with leafs in the rear?
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Frame swap;Ranger to Mustang

Look at adjustable coil overs.. much easier to set up and dial in.

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