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Old 06-09-2005, 10:06 AM
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I Have a Ford Mustang Mach 1. I recently got into a wreck, before my car handled fine. I was hit so hard the other car is toast, frame and everything. I was hit on the left front tire and bumper. I bent the upper and lower A Arms, pinched gas and brake line, broken ball joint, my bumper is stout, i welded the crap out of it so it bent the front over too the right. Other than that my shock tower is pushed in closer to the moter than the other side is now and you can see where the exhaust hit it when i was ran into. The plates that go ontop the tower to the back of the motor compartment was bent as well. I put on new upper and lower a arms, new ball joints, and replaced the steering box because i had play after the hit, real sloppy. Still, the car will not handle, swerves right and left on me and i end up spinning out at half speed cause i cant keep the car on the track. I will adjust the toe end again but why when i let off the whell it turns to the right instead of before turning naturally to the left. It turns to the right a little when i take my hands off the wheel. If the frame is bent which it is, i was thinking of wrapping a chain around the shock tower with a wench as well as the bumper frame. would that fix it? Iam a backyard racer and do not have the proper tools to fix a frame and etc. any suggestions?

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Old 06-09-2005, 10:32 AM
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I believe you car is out of square. The Mustang is a unit body car and does not take severe hits as well as a car with a real frame.......

I would try to get the front sub straight......


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Originally Posted by FordMan88
Iam a backyard racer and do not have the proper tools to fix a frame and etc. any suggestions?

Sounds like time for the Pros to step in...................Frame straightening is very specialized.
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Frame rack

Well if you are going to be racing you are gonna need a proper frame rack..Get a couple of really big I beams about 20-24 feet long and install them permanently at your shop with some really strong cross bracing..

Then you have something to attach tooling and jacks to so you can fix this sort of thing..

Set up center marks so you have something to measure from to get accurate alignments..and make sure it is all square..

Sorry if you are going to be racing you are going to be bending stuff and you will need a good frame rack..

Sound to me like this one will need to have the front chassis clip replaced as it may be bent beyond repair...


I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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