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strut rod angle?

I am building a 37 plymouth pickup with a bobcat front end. Due to the angle of the strut rods they extend past the inside of the frame rails about 3-4 inches. Was wondering if anyone manufactures strut rods with a different angle, or could I shorten them with no ill effects. I don't see bending as an option. Any suggestions?

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Don't know of anyone manufacturing strut rods of a different angle. Couldn't you build brackets to fit the end of the strut rods?
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I believe the Pinto and Bobcat front ends did have strutrods that had a different angle than the Mustang version.

It has been comon practice for most guys to just heat them with a torch and bend them to the desired angle and I haven't heard of anyone having problems with strut rods after adjusting the angles this way.

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To be "right", a piece of allthread rod through the lower control arm bushing holes in the crossmember should pas through the center of the hole in the strut rod bushing bracket, even though it will be at an angle. Other locations will work, but they won't be right.
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Don't know of anyone manufacturing strut rods of a different angle. Couldn't you build brackets to fit the end of the strut rods?
They extend past the frame far enough to interfere with the exhaust, thats the problem.
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I believe the Pinto and Bobcat front ends did have strutrods that had a different angle than the Mustang version.

It has been comon practice for most guys to just heat them with a torch and bend them to the desired angle and I haven't heard of anyone having problems with strut rods after adjusting the angles this way.

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Could I use rods from a mustang? Do they interchange? As drastic as the bend would have to be, I'm afraid of compromising the integrity of the steel.

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To be "right", a piece of allthread rod through the lower control arm bushing holes in the crossmember should pas through the center of the hole in the strut rod bushing bracket, even though it will be at an angle. Other locations will work, but they won't be right.
Depending on the length of the allthread, the bracket could theoretically be placed anywhere along the frame rails, just by changing the angle of the strut rod. I don't quite understand your point?
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Depending on the length of the allthread, the bracket could theoretically be placed anywhere along the frame rails, just by changing the angle of the strut rod. I don't quite understand your point?
That;s right. as long as the rod passes throught the center of the mounting hole for the strut bushing, the length and angle don't matter.
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