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Old 12-14-2005, 06:31 PM
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MustangII rack Question

Hi Guys:

I bought a new rack off of Ebay, at a good price. I also, about 2 years ago bought a complete front end rebuild kit from Kenny's Rod parts.

Here's my problem, the bushings that are to be pressed in the mounting holes in the rack, are WAAAYYYY to big. I mic'd them and they are .107 too big on the O.D. and are too long by almost the same thing. I know that they WON'T go in or the aluminum will break ( a pressed fit is about .007 fit )

I have 4 of these bushings, they go in on both sides, then are bolted on to the crossmember. CORRECT ? Wuzup ? Did kenny send the wrong bushings ? Or did I get sent a Chinese knock off rack ?

Someone has the answer out there HELP !!!!!
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I know that Pinto racks and T-Bird racks are both different than a Mustang rack. You may have one of those instead of a Mustang rack.

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You have a T-bird rack since it is aluminum. Mustang II racks are cast iron.
The mounting holes are further apart, and were originally mounted on a projecting tube with a thinner bushing, not pressed in. I am using that rack and I think that is the only way to mount it because everything else I tried would allow movement. NOT GOOD!
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Hi Guy's:

Hi 54chevyman, thanks for the getback. The front end that I originally put under the car, came out of a 79-80 pinto. The rack that I got from Ebay looks identical to mine. It mounts the same as well ( large bolts through the crossmember, through the bushings) They both have the same working width.

Don't know whats up with that. I'll just sit back and monitor this site for more info. Thank Ya'll
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Mustang II and Pinto racks were also made of aluminum. The mounting distance on a Mustang II/ Pinto rack is 15 1/2", the Tbird rack is 16 1/2"

The bushings are a real tight fit. If yours have been setting around for 4 years, they may have hardened up enough that they will be difficult to install. I use dish soap to install them, I slick it up real good, and press them in with a vise. They go in from the back side of the rack. Once installed, the extra length kind of folds over when the washer and bolt that secures it is installed.
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If they are a little stiff from old age, why not spring for a new set?
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MustangII rack....

Hi Guy's:

I like the feed back that I'm getting. I was talking to a friend today, he said
" you ordered a suspension rebuild kit ! The RACK bushings probably DIDN'T come with the kit !" He also said that the bushings in question are probably are for the upper A arms. DUH, I never thought about it. I'll probably have to ORDER the correct bushings,washers,bolts (I'm rolling the rack back a few degrees). I NEVER see these bushings advertised in the Rod rags.

Let me know if you are thinking the same as my friend. Where can I order the CORRECT parts ?
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NAPA can get them, they usually don't stock them. JPL racing has them too. And Speedway.
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Hi All
Thanks for the info on the bushings, I'll get them ASAP.
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MustangII rack....Question answered !!!!

Hi Guy's

Well the mystery is officialy over. The bushings that I have aren't for the rack. I inquired to Old Dogs Streetrod parts online. They told me what I needed. I ordered the parts this evening. Thanks for the feedback.
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