Mustang II IFS Install in 57 Chevy Truck - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum



Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Suspension - Brakes - Steering
User Name
Password
lost password?   |   register now

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 07-09-2004, 01:11 AM
mestes's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Louisiana
Age: 50
Posts: 2
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Talking Mustang II IFS Install in 57 Chevy Truck

I am looking for some information/documentation/pictures on installing the Mustang II IFS in my 57' Chebby Truck. Looking at the boxing plates, cross member set up, I will have to notch out the bottom of the frame a bit for the installation of the boxing plates. Before I measure twice, cut once, I would like to hear from others on this issue. The IFS is from Hartrods.com. Appreciate the feed back.

Mike

    Advertisement
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 07-09-2004, 12:57 PM
New Member
 

Last journal entry: 1952 5-window Chevy p/u
Last photo:
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern California
Posts: 16
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
This is an easy thing, I did it on my '56 Chevy p/u. Your right about the measuring part, do it 20x's! One very important thing is to find your old axle centerline, then find the middle of your crossmember (lengthwise) and line the two up. Tack weld!!!!! and remeasure again front to back, side to side and criss cross. Are you welding it? I have a Lincoln mig 110v that worked great on this project, great investment. Are you bending the strut rods or using tubular upper/lower control arms. I used the strut rods, no problems. I also strongly recommend using a power steering pump, custom make your high pressure hose (braided) and use the newer power rack out of the 79-91 Mustangs (not totally sure on those years). You'll have to get a rack extension for that rack model, see www.fatmanfabs.com for more info on that. You can get a steering pump out of any chevy impala or truck out of the junkyard, check the fluid to see if it' clean and you'll be in good shape, also grab a mount for it too while you're there. I did not like the manual rack for this big of a truck, power steering is soooo much better.

Charlie
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 07-09-2004, 10:07 PM
mestes's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Louisiana
Age: 50
Posts: 2
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for the reply Charlie. Yes I am welding with a mig. Plan is just that, tack weld, measure 20X, then weld. The IFS kit comes with the measurements for the 55-59 Chevy. 20 7/8" from the front spring mount hole. This is exactly where I marked the center of the old axle prior to removal. No strut rods on this one, using the upper and lower control arms, but I do have the manual rack. Have been thinking about the power rack. I do have a power steering pump out of an 85 Camaro that can be used. I have instrcutions from Hartrods.com and illustration is good. Never hurts for second, third and fourth opinions. Thanks for the tid bit of helpful information.

Mike
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 07-10-2004, 10:49 AM
New Member
 

Last journal entry: 1952 5-window Chevy p/u
Last photo:
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern California
Posts: 16
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Cool

You're welcome. If your wife and/or girlfriend will drive this thing you'll want that power rack, I'm telling 'ya!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 07-10-2004, 10:55 AM
willys36@aol.com's Avatar
Hotrodders.com Moderator
 
Last wiki edit: How to rebuild a Rochester Quadrajet 4MV carbureto...
Last journal entry: How to change auto shift timing on 200R4
Last photo:
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Bakersfield
Posts: 8,393
Wiki Edits: 21

Thanks: 1
Thanked 10 Times in 8 Posts
You need to do a LOT of reading B4 picking up a torch!

Read all fo this.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 07-11-2004, 03:13 PM
adtkart@aol.com
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Newport News, VA
Posts: 3,220
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Like Willys said, do alot of reading before going too far. There has been alot of discussions on these types of swaps. Alot of safety info out there.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 01-23-2012, 10:43 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 1
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Heidts IFS

I am the owner of a 1959 Chevy 3200 Truck. I would like to know if any of you believe the Heidts IFS Mustang II Clip is a better quality IFS to go with or is a TCI IFS a better product? Thanks for the input.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 01-24-2012, 09:12 AM
willys36@aol.com's Avatar
Hotrodders.com Moderator
 
Last wiki edit: How to rebuild a Rochester Quadrajet 4MV carbureto...
Last journal entry: How to change auto shift timing on 200R4
Last photo:
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Bakersfield
Posts: 8,393
Wiki Edits: 21

Thanks: 1
Thanked 10 Times in 8 Posts
They are both probably OK IF you do not use the strut rod eliminator lower A-frame. If you decide to eliminate the strut rods, the X-member will crack and fail, only question is when.

The factroy designs ALWAYS include the equivalent of a strut rod (wide spacing) on the lower A-arms. The following selected photos all show WIDE lower A-arms. The stress must be spread like this or there will be fatigue failure.

Dodge Dakota



1950 Plymouth

Last edited by willys36@aol.com; 01-24-2012 at 09:27 AM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Suspension - Brakes - Steering posts with photos

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.