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Old 05-15-2006, 01:57 PM
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Mustang 2 Front end on a 55 Chevy truck?

Anyone here do this install. Looks doable with carefull measurements and a good welder.

Question: On the rack and pinion models are the kits to help working out the steering details...i.e. The steering column to the the rack and pinion..or is it a mater odf universal joints and connectors that you have to work out?

Any success stories out there?

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Keith

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Heidts and probably several othes make Mustang II IFS kits for your truck. When it comes to steering, take a look at Borgeson's web site. You'll find all the universal joints and shafts you'll need there.
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Old 05-16-2006, 08:58 AM
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Hey Centerline..Thank you

Actually Heidts had the steering linkage available. Would really like to find someone who's made this mod. So much stuff out there available. Very little
info relative to how it actually works in the field.

Appreciate the help,

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Hey Keith,
I have the same problem, I just installed a MII kit on my 56 truck, I was jumping around on the web and found a site that said 70's-80's chevy vans carry the best replacement column. Im hunting one now myself. My only problem is finding one that is not a column shift. I have a 4 spd in my truck. I was just hoping someone could verify if a caprice, monte carlo, chevelle etc.. columns would work because those vehicles were floor shift also.
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Hey Keith,
I have the same problem, I just installed a MII kit on my 56 truck, I was jumping around on the web and found a site that said 70's-80's chevy vans carry the best replacement column. Im hunting one now myself. My only problem is finding one that is not a column shift. I have a 4 spd in my truck. I was just hoping someone could verify if a caprice, monte carlo, chevelle etc.. columns would work because those vehicles were floor shift also.

The REASON ... that the Chevy?GMC van column is so preferred is the column shift, with the column mounter shift indicator. I like them because they also have no key in the column and have a neutral start switch.

If you want no shifter, I suggest finding a 66/67 GTO, Chevelle or similar GM product column.



The early columns are NOT FAT and ugly like the 68 up columns ( IMHO )
and they have no ugly key



The early columns adapt well and LOOK right in a early vehicle to me


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Old 09-24-2010, 09:20 PM
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Awesome!!! Thanks Deuce!!! Keith, I think we got us some good help on this one.
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i have an 89 gmc safari minivan steering column in my 58. yes it has a column shift, but i can't imagine that it would be difficult to shave the nub off after pulling the shift arm off. it came with tilt, ignition and turn but does not have a prndl. fits well in my truck and sticks thru the floor 6 inches. jy cost was $35.
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True the nub could be shaved off and filled in, but I am guessing that a non column shift collar from a different year could be switched out.

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before you go this route i suggest you google " mll failures " . i refuse to install them unless it is a fatman's kit. i have repaired many over the years because of metal fatigue and cracking. unlike fatmans thick wall tubing the others are thin wall plate lazer cut and welded together then ground down .
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did you ever get your mustII xmember installed?
i can overload you with picks if you need
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hey ogre,
can you overlaod me with pics of a mII install? I think that is what I will do with my 58. I thought about a frame swap and then a clip swap but you guys have "steered me straight" towards a mII kit. now I just gotta figure out which one is best/toughest for my daily drivin, ski boat towin, 5.3 powered '58 longbox (gonna be extended cab). I was thinkin tci. I toured their place and seemed like they were on top of things.
hey also, who has the best prices on replacement body parts like floor pans, cab corners, fenders and the like?
do you know what diff works best for swap? don't need disc brakes, would be ok though.
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not to hi-jack slick's thread
i've only installed 1 mustII and it was a fatman
the x-member is 3''x4''x1/4'' tube, very heavyduty
pm me with your email address
and ask questions in the 55-59 chevy truck thread
it's a good read and it won't hurt you to read all 2000+ posts either
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my email is dsraven@shaw.ca
any pics or info would be appreciated. I will check out those posts. I looked for them before but am new to this site and got lost in other stuff.
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Like Ogre , I have a Fatman Mustang II frontend in my 57 Chevy pickup. It's my daily driver and the Fatman frontend has been in for about 13 years, it squeeks but it's been a good setup. I used a Ididit steering column some double D shaft and several u-joints to tie into my power rack and pinion.
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I got a few parts off a wrecked Mustang II that came off the steering rack that that connect to the Ididit parts. You can see steering column in pic along side of engine.
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