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Old 09-13-2006, 11:54 AM
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Mustang II front end stut rods, older or newer style better?

Hello,
new member here and would like your opinion please!
When we purchased the 1938 Chevy Coupe "project car", it has a older type Mustang II front end with no strut rods installed, it came with a set of older style "hockey stick" strut rods which would require to be welded under the frame, We understand that there is a newer style of strut rod application where one end would be bolted and welded on the cross member.
we are wondering which would be the best way to go???
Just to mention we are planning to drive this year round, I know, I hear you all ready! but it is what we like to drive so why not!
Love to hear your opinions
Thank You
Maxine

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Ford designed it to use strut rods and in my opinion that's the way it should be installed. Failure to use the original Ford design has caused some failures in the past. Failures have also been caused by poor mounting of the stock strut rods. So...... the best practice is to mount the strut rods correctly using Ford's design parameters and the brackets should be mounted either by bolting to the frame or welding. If welded the brackets should be supported by gussets as well.

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Welcome to the board. All of the strut rods I've seen for MIIs are bolted on to the lower arm and then mounted with rubber to a bracket on the bottom of the frame. I don't think (I could be wrong) they would be solid on the frame. As far as driving all year....Good for you!!! My truck will be driven year round also except in the very worst of weather.

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Thank You for you advice,
We really appreciate your quick response.
I'm sure this will be one of many questions we will have being this is our first time actually building a car from basically nothing. it is also exciting!

Thanks again

Maxine
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