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Old 05-07-2007, 03:50 PM
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Mustang II Donor Car for 1937 Ford

Hey Guys,

I'm restoring a 1937 Ford Cabriolet using a 35-40 Ford frame. I'm looking for a donor car for the replacement Mustang II front-end. I was wondering if anyone knows what cars are good for donors or is it better to buy a new one? I'm working on a small budget and don't have the $$$ to buy a pre-built front end.

If anyone is interested in suggesting anything, you can have a look at the frame I'm using on the project blog.

http://1937ford.blogspot.com/

Thanks,
Nick

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I've done the Mustang II route with a donor front crossmember, before so many aftermarket crossmembers were available, and it was a pain. I would at least shop for a crossmember made to suit your frame. By the time you rebuild everything from a Pinto or Mustang II, you might as well buy an all new kit. That's what I'm doing with my 47 Chevy.
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That's what I was wondering.

I've seen many after market kits in the mag's, but how do you know which ones are any good and whats a reasonable price? Is it better to get a complete front-end with brakes and the whole 9 or just the cross member? I mean, would I be saving money in the long run by buying everything for the front end in a kit? Those suckers seem quite pricey.
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In addition to having to engineer and finesse the stock crossmember, I also had to make mounts for those darned "trailing arms". Then I needed dropped spindles, bigger rotors, new ball joints, etc, etc,.........You see where I'm going here. It will be a pleasure to just order, and have the big brown truck deliver, all nice, clean, new parts, already engineered for my application. I will order mine thru JPL, who will drop ship everything to my garage, and it's all name brand stuff, reasonably priced. Check them out.........you'll be glad you did.

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Hey,

Thanks for the JPL tip. I just found their auctions on Ebay. I have to say I'm happy about the free shipping they offer. The shipping costs were something I was worried about.

I think the pre-fab parts are the way to go if I can keep the cost down. We are in no way master fabricators, so the less "massaging" we have to do, the better.

Thanks again for the tip.
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