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Old 02-16-2007, 09:02 AM
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Mustang II front suspension worth salvaging?

My buddy has a scrap yard and just got a Mustang II in. Mostly stripped, but front end is there. Is it worth grabbing the front end for a future hotrod project? If nothing else, I could use it as a template to build my own from scratch. Maybe use the brake and steering setup?

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I wouldn't use it. Those crossmembers are very thin and are designed to work with all of the car structure. As a stand alone it's just not strong enough. They will crack. You could use it for a pattern but the aftermarket are inexpensive and are available for most cars.
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I'd nab it in a heartbeat. If done correctly, on the right car, those can still be a workable setup. I'm working on a car now that had one installed from a donor car back in the mid 80's and it works fine.

(The other end of the car leaves alot to be desired, but that is another thread.)

You can always find room for extra parts for a future project. You never know, you might be able to trade it off for something you need someday too.

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I would grab it..be sure and get the piece with the strut rod attachment as well..Where people messed up is that they left off the strut rod for a looks deal and that is the strength of that front end..

They are getting a bit rare..the originals that is..best way is to get one of the spot drill bits and drill out all the spot welds to remove it..next best is just cut off the front clip and then do the spot weld thing at your leisure..

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Of course it should be saved! Same applies to 74-80 Pinto and Bobcat front ends.
These can still be sold at swapmeets and many folks are using them with the original crossmembers. At the least, you'll have all the a-arms, spindles and rack for a bought fabricated crossmember if you don't have to have welded up tubular stuff.
Stay away from the 71-73 Pintos, the ones with the rack sitting in clamps.

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mustang II front end

you guys really think they're worth salvaging? I guess that's good for me 'cause I can get my mitts on probably a half dozen of 'em
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Yep, They are plenty well worth saving if they arn't rusted out or bent up.
Most of the Cobra Kit cars built in the 80's and up into the mid 90's used that crossmember. You used to be able to buy the bare crossmember from Ford for about 100.00

I'd do like was mentioned above, cut it out leaving plenty of scrap to be trimmed off later. Even if you wanted to just use the control arms and spindles and brakes you would have them in your parts and pieces pile later.
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Yesireee save that baby from meltdown,gettin like hens teeth around here.They're great in right application.
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