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Old 10-15-2003, 11:28 PM
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Street Rod Chassis Questions

I am wanting to build a Street Rod probably using a full fendered Model "A" or Deuce Tudor (or something similar). I am thinking of utilizing a Ford Ranger chassis (98-02 with the Torsion Bar Front Suspension) and the Independant Rear Suspension from a Mustang.
Has anyone ever tried this chassis & rear end combo? What 'Tangs used the IRS? Are they worth using?
Is the Ranger Torsion bar system adjustable like the old Mopars were?
This car will be powered by a 302 (5.0 Liter) with the 5-speed. It won't be a racer (I'm 57 yrs old, and got that out of my system by the late '70's), but I do want a dependable driver for going to car shows & cruise night type events.

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Old 10-16-2003, 06:13 AM
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If it were me I would get a frame from and aftermarket company such as TCI as it is designed to fit the Model A or the "32" body. By the time that you modify the ranger frame you will have about as much as it you bought a rolling chassis. Plus the chassis on both of those cars are very visible so you will want it to look good. That is just my 2 cents worth.

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If it were me I would get a frame from and aftermarket company such as TCI as it is designed to fit the Model A or the "32" body. By the time that you modify the ranger frame you will have about as musch as it you bought a rolling chassis. Plus the chassis on both of those cars are very visible so you will want it to look good. That is just my 2 cents worth.
Exactly. It will be a whole lot easier (and better looking) if you install an IFS system on a stock (repro) chassis. At least a zillion kits are available for this and install of the Mustang rear should be pretty much a piece of cake.

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I agree with the previous replies, The Ranger frame will look goofy. Much better to go with an aftermarket frame designed for the car you are building.

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Thanks for the input, guys! I already have an "A" Chassis, but with a nasty looking Old's rear end & Coilovers. The (completley Stock) Mustang front end is a Butchershop & Chewing Gum job.. I just hated the idea of trying to make it work. Was kind of thinking along the line that by using the Ranger frame & torsion bars I could get a cleaner looking front end, (no springs visable) and not have to worry about all the alignment problems inherent with swapping a bunch of stuff and possibly weakening my current frame horns. Also, the steering gear is pointed right into the forward frame crossmember. How about subbing the Ranger Front & Mustang rear stuff to this frame?
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Old 10-17-2003, 06:17 AM
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The MII does not work very good on the Model A as you may have to severly modify the front fenders for clearance. If I remember correctly the ranger is a front steer unit which could also cause problems. There are only a couple of IFS units that work good on a Model A. If I were building an A I would consider building a frame from tubing or buying an aftermarket one with either the IFS designed to fit under the A fender, I am assuming that you are building a full fendered car, or going with a tube axle and four link with vega style steering box.
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