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Old 11-13-2005, 04:10 PM
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My front suspenion project (MII)

(this thread will be be randomly updated)

Day one on my MII front end project. Started at 8:00 am this morning and now sittin' here watching the race. (go Tony )

I'll try and post all my cad drawings and pics for you guy's in this thread. Hopefully I can help some of you DIYers. I think I'll do two different drawings, both a coilover and coilspring version. I would like to go w/ coilovers but, their like $350. Maybe I'll go w/ some lower cost Afco coilovers to help make this more unfordable? I'm going w/ tubular upper and strut-less lowers control arms. I'm going to use heims in stead of bushings on the control arms as well.
My truck being 60 model F-100 the frame horns are 34" wide. The MII horns are 24" wide. I had to stretch the x-member 4" in order to get a wider foot print. I'll extend the inner tie rods on the rack 4" as well to eliminate bump-steer. You can buy the extension kit from Heidt for $39.95.

Anyways I'll be adding more info as my project progresses.

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-toad
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Old 11-13-2005, 04:12 PM
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Old 11-13-2005, 04:15 PM
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Cad drawings. Please do not use these until they are complete.
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for 350.00 for coilovers, I would just go with AirRide. Project looks like fun. Keep the good pics coming.
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Old 11-17-2005, 07:30 PM
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I'm getting ready to start cutting some of the parts. I've got the drawing done for the x-member. I also am cutting some caliper brackets as well.
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I highly recommend you put this into a Journal. This thread will get buried in the achieves whereas a Journal will be readily available forever. They are really simple to set up.
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Bringing back some memories...

My first truck was a '59 Ford F100 with the straight six 223, I-Beam front suspension, three on the tree, and 9" with 4.11 rearend...

I had the truck for about two years and drove it maybe two weeks during that time. The rest of the time was under the hood turning wrenches...

I put in another 223 as the one that was in it was toast when I got it. I should have went with a 302 or a 351 and I would probably still have the truck. Instead I got sick of it and once I got the engine done I sold it as fast as I could.

The suspension mod is a great idea as the I-Beam didn't do so well at highway speeds. Keep up the good work. Keep us updated here and in your project journal.

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Old 11-18-2005, 02:20 PM
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I cut the brake brackets today. They fit awsome.

I bought a 5 lug MII rotor and cut the hub off in my lathe. This was so I could use a 2 piece rotor. Wilwood makes a aluminum MII hub for $220 (pair)and a hub to rotor adapter for $100 (pair). I was able to save $120
I will draw and cut the rear brackets for a set of F33i caliper. The rear calipers will have smaller pistons and .810 rotors. I figured with 16 pistons total I better do a master cylinder upgrade. I have a Wilwood dual master cylinder pedal assembly. I will run a 1" bore on the front and a 3/4" bore on the rear. Also this is a completely manual so I can run a bigger cam and not have to worry about vacuum.
  • US Brake F88i Series Caliper - RT Side Rear Mount /(piston dia. 1.88/1.62) and (rotor width 1.25) Pt# 7241-1001
  • F88i Series Caliper - LT Side Rear Mount/ (piston dia. 1.88/1.62) and (rotor width 1.25)
  • 2 - U.S. Brake Rotor - 1.25 x 11.75in. Pt# 9850-6020
  • US Brake Pads - F88i/SL/SL Axle Set - SD3 Compound Pt# 1251-3001
  • 2 - Wilwood Straight Bell Hats Pt # 170-6947
  • 2 - Mustang II five lug rotors (for hub only)
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Old 11-18-2005, 02:22 PM
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Wow!!!!

Looks like you have the equipment to do whatever you want!! I'm so jealous!! Great looking stuff.

I can think of a million things I'd have done with that kind of set up. What did that run you?

Keep up the great work man. Very cool project.
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Old 11-19-2005, 03:40 PM
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Fun Fun Fun

Started cutting the x-member today. Woo Hoo

The lower portion of the x-member is made from 3/16 as you can see in the pic. The upper coilover mount and upper control arm mount is made from 1/4. I tacked the upper mounts on just to check some measurements. They will have to be welded on after I install the x-member. I'll be installing dom tubing between the lower control arm mount and the upper mount as well. I need to fabricate my tubular control arms and purchase the coilovers. After doing so, I can then tig weld the x-member.

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