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Old 03-03-2006, 11:54 PM
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I just inherited a Fiberglas kit car. Looks like a 1936 Mercedes. Its called the "Marlene". The company went out of business a few years back, so no help there. It was designed to use mostly 1978 Mustang parts. It has its own frame. It was supposed to use the '78 Mustang v-6, etc. I have a 1988 Lincoln Mark VII complete car, low mileage with 5 liter fuel injected engine and automatic. The "Marlene" (Mercedes) has rear leaf springs and front coils. I modified the Mark VII rear end to fit the Mercedes leaf springs. The Mark VII has all wheel disc brakes and 16 " wheels. Now I can't get the front spindles and Mark VII Discs to work with the 1978 Mustang upper and lower control arms, etc. The Lincoln came with all wheel air suspension and and McPherson Struts. I got 1988 Lincoln Towncar spindles, but they are 1 inch too high and cause the upper control arms to rub on the tires.
Are there other spindles that will solve this problem or do I need to go back to all '78 Mustang rear end and front suspension? I don't think it is safe to use the 11 inch rear disc brakes with the 9 inch Mustang front disc brakes??
I was hoping on using as much of the '88 Lincoln as possible, since it is newer and a lot less mileage than the Mustang.

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........I don't think it is safe to use the 11 inch rear disc brakes with the 9 inch Mustang front disc brakes??
I used 9" Mustang II disks on the front and big Ford disks on the rear in my pro-street car and they worked just fine. Used a Corvette dual master cylinder as well. As long as you use the proper sized master cylinder the Mustang and Lincoln brakes will function properly.

Your easiest solution is to go with the Mustang front suspension and the Lincoln rear. There's no reason you can't use those two size disks together. Remember a lot of "stock" vehicles come with two different size disks too.
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