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I recently purchased a original mustang II front end to install in my '41 Chevy Coupe. I took measurements of where the original chevy axle was but I am looking for help/pics of how to mock up the mII. Any help would be appreciated.

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I started doing these swaps back in the seventies. When there were no kits. Now, I am the original Mr. Do it yourself.. and I did more than a half dozen of the original front end grafts..Mostly post war Fords. I never liked the results 100 percent. Fords engineering on these sheet metal, spot welded to/over sheet metal parts leave a lot to be desired..

For a good driving front end that goes together well, has anti-dive and bump steer correctly built in and GETS FINISHED without working for $.001 per hour. Buy the basic crossmenber aftermkt unit and install your bolt on parts to it.
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I absolutely second that idea. Installing a stock crossmember never, I repeat, NEVER comes out the way you would like, especially for a first timer. Here is a pic of a Heidts crossmember I installed on my 41 Chevy several years ago. It went on easily, had the correct track width, and height. No special engineering required as the Heidts crossmember was designed for that chassis. An aftermarket crossmember is not all that expensive, will save you tons of work, and you'll be much happier with the final product.

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the original xmember is way stronger than the aftermarket xmembers. the 37 in my shop will be the 4th failure i have seen. strut rod bracket broke out , xmember cracking where the lower a arm bolts. we changed the strut rods from the stock one and rebraced the frame but the a arms cracked out again. there have been many failures over the years with these. imo most are just too thin . the factory ones are doubled up where they need to be. i've done many by using 2 and stretching it to fit the frame. if you use an aftermarket one use some large washers tacked to the xmember for strength.
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You will have to stretch the xmember to fit your frame and get Fairmount tie rod ends that are longer then MII for the rack
I had done one back before the aftermarket kits came out and did not like my work. Tore it out when the aftermarket kits came out and they wrer very beefy at that time. I'm talkin'mid 80's. I guess they have gotten thinnert now.Definitly use the strut rod brackets but wait until you have ALL the weight on the car so that you can set them at the right height.
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