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Old 05-21-2006, 02:32 AM
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Help! I need advice..mustang II or granada swap?

Hello Folks. Well I am having a hard time deciding.I have a 1963 Comet I am almost finished finding my upgrade parts for. I have a ford 302 V8 to replace the original straight six 144, an automatic tranny mated to the 302, I am going to pick up a 9 inch versailles rear with disk brakes tomorrow morning to replace the puny original rear end, and I just picked up a donor 1974 mustang II Ghia that I can steal the IFS and power steering out of. My dillemma is that the mustang II front end will require the whole clip to be chopped off and welded into place on the comet subframe. I will be getting a better front suspension package along with power steering but it will be pricey and the front will end up being four lug whereas the rear versaille unit is a five lug. Is there any Ford knowledgable guys who have any input. I was told by a friend that it's a lot easier to just swap the front drum brakes out for a granada setup, but then I will still have an old steering setup with a million rpm's of the wheel to do a u turn, lol. Lemme know what you guys think please. Basicly I plan on using the car as a driver with some punch under the hood, but am seriously restricted by $$$. I can afford the mustang II swap to be done for me but only if it's going to be worth it. Thanks very much, Elwood741

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Swapping the MUST II rotors to 5 stud GRANADA is a bolt on.

You might want to consider buying a cross member made expressly for the conversion.

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Look For PN RC-129. It will allow you to use FORD calipers with the 11" rotors.



DO NOT use GM Calipers... The car will expire from TERMINAL GM BODY ROT if used...
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Swapping the MUST II rotors to 5 stud GRANADA is a bolt on.

You might want to consider buying a cross member made expressly for the conversion.

-ROD & CUSTOM MOTORSPORTS-

I agree, a kit is better.
Check with Windsor-Fox in CA.

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Hello Folks. Well I am having a hard time deciding.I have a 1963 Comet

.....of. My dillemma is that the mustang II front end will require the whole clip to be chopped off and welded into place on the comet subframe.

...... Thanks very much, Elwood741
You said,....."using the car as a driver".......

NO, you can't chop off the whole clip and weld it to the Comet subframe. The stereotype "chop and clip" does not apply here. All the original Comet structure must remain except for the shock towers.
Actually there is more to fabrication than first meets the eye. Structurally the Comet was not designed for that suspension, and removing the shock towers requires additional frame strengthening.

Upgrading your suspension to V8 control arms and installing Granada spindles and brakes is what I have done. If you replace all the suspension bushings front and rear with urethane it will drive very well. The 15/16 anti-roll bar from the HD Granada/Versailles and H rated tires and proper wheels are a must. I have done several.

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You will see a detailed installation on the webpage I gave you. You can either go full kit, just x-member or anywheres in between. They also sell the plate(s) needed to strengthen the removed spring towers.

Might I also suggest subframe connectors and triangulate the front aprons/firewall with an adjustable export and Monte Carlo bar?
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www.discbrakeswap.com has everything u need for the granada swap even new spindals. you will have a little with the tie rods tho, the round bodies had a diffrent thread than the later Falcon/ Mustangs which is what the granada uses, I think discbrakeswap is the 1 with the correct adaptor for it, that converts the thread.
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