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Old 09-28-2005, 11:11 AM
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What do you guys think. . . '56 Fairlane

Hey, I have a friend who's a semi-pro roadrace (vintage SCCA) mechanic who desperately wants to sell me a car for $150. get a load of this.
1974 Merc Zephyr (basically a fox Mustang with a larger body and ugly upholstery) He'd just finished the hotrodding of it when a civic smashed in the driver's door about 8"s. He's offered to sell it to me at the insurance's buyback price of $150.
Parts list:

Parts with less than 1000 miles
-modest stock rebuilt 4v 302
-rebuilt AOD w/larger towing-style friction surfaces, shift kit
-rebuilt 8.8" rear, 3.73gears, narrowed 3", ford racing 5-lug large drum brakes
-Ford racing 5-lug front disc brake conversion
-Cragar 5-spoke crome wheels, 8.5" and 7.5" width, new tires
-Mustang GT sway bars

Parts with less than a week's driving time.
-BBK shorty headers, full mandrel-bent exhaust
-BBK race-spec coil springs

Now, I can't take it right now because I have to get rid of these stinkin vans, or I'l have to pay huge fines and lawyer bills. Argh!!! Tell me I'm crazy for not taking it and paying to store it until I can strip it.

Now, my real question is the feasablilty of installing that 8.8" in our 56 fairlane project. I don't want to irreparably chop up this car, especially b/c it's my first hot rod project. But how would I deal with the issue of springs?
Is the width about right? I can't seem to find any spec's on the original width of mustang 8.8"s. I only know that this one is narrowed 3"
Now, what about the front end? Five lug discs would be awesome, but the styles of suspensions seem to be too different to just bolt on.

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Old 09-30-2005, 09:31 PM
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This is a joke, right???????????????????????

Hock the kids, sell the TV,

buy it quick... how could you go wrong. ........ for $ 150........

56 Ford rears should be 56 to 57 1/2 wide wheel flange to wheel flange/ where the wheels bolt on. Measure the one in the wrecked car. It should be OK if its in the Zephyr. Leaf spring pads are NO problem to put onto any axle.

Front disk brakes, spindles and all, from the 77-79 mid size T-bird/Cougar bolt right on to your 56 ball joints.

if it wasn't 700 miles I'd come get it myself.
Junk the dam vans... quick......
write me, I'll help ya do the 56.

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No Joke,

Thanks xntrik! I appreciate the advice. Where did you get that info on 56's? I would like to know more about bolt-up style Frankenstein work, as I don't want to permanently alter the car. And does that mean that the front end stuff off the Merc will fit too? that would be just ridiculously lucky! Do you maybe know about tire sizes? I need to get some cheap tires that will hold air so I can roll the car around, later I get some serious meats. I have some 15x7.5 smooth alum. rims that I think will look good buffed up, with either stock Ford or Moon hubcaps.

The guy is my TIG welding class Teacher's Assistant. My friend and I are the the only other people that he has met that got a 97% grade on a weld. This teacher holds that no weld is perfect, and thus, if it is good enough to do the job, you get a 90, and higher up to 97, depending on how good it is. So, I guess he thinks of me as a protege, an heir if you will. I just wish that some nosy woman hadn't turned us in to the county on that silly zoning reg. I can't telll you the hardship it's caused, having to do this stuff in a rush, and not being able to do it right.
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Oh man you better get on that deal!

You can make an easy $1500 selling some of the good parts.

Or fix it yourself, it just needs a door right?
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Thanks xntrik! I appreciate the advice. Where did you get that info on 56's? I would like to know more about bolt-up style Frankenstein work, as I don't want to permanently alter the car. And does that mean that the front end stuff off the Merc will fit too? that would be just ridiculously lucky! Do you maybe know about tire sizes? I need to get some cheap tires that will hold air so I can roll the car around, later I get some serious meats. I have some 15x7.5 smooth alum. rims that I think will look good buffed up, with either stock Ford or Moon hubcaps.

The guy is my TIG welding class Teacher's Assistant. My friend and I are the the only other people that he has met that got a 97% grade on a weld. This teacher holds that no weld is perfect, and thus, if it is good enough to do the job, you get a 90, and higher up to 97, depending on how good it is. So, I guess he thinks of me as a protege, an heir if you will. I just wish that some nosy woman hadn't turned us in to the county on that silly zoning reg. I can't telll you the hardship it's caused, having to do this stuff in a rush, and not being able to do it right.
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Where, hhmmmm? How about,,, I am 3 times as old as you, and I have been around the hot rodder's block a few more times?....... LOL That 56 was the old cars we had in high school.!!!!!!!

Rebuild kits for your front suspension are readily available. Yes on the Cougar, and I think also the LTD II, and the Torino's. Memory tells me the T-Bird Cougar had bigger brakes though... The front suspension is pretty decent. It will never be a Corvette, but it will be good. The front A arms don't have the camber gain geometry that some people prefer, but they are very good for lowering the car and/or using air bags because of the minimal suspension alignment change with ride height.

Holler anytime.

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56 Wagon

I know this is an old post, but I could sure use your advise too xntrik. I just purchased a 56 wagon and I haven't a clue what fits that old long roof.

Here's my short list of questions:

What are my choices for innexpensive off the shelf front disks?

Will the '66 fastback 8" rearend that I was given work?

What about the wiring... where can I get the best new harness or should I just make up my own duplicating the old one?

Any idea what late model seats with leather as a factory option will fit this old beauty?

I plan to tub it if I can so I can get some 17 or 18" wide wheels and tires in the rear, and go with 16 or 17" American Racing Torque Flight 505s in the front too. Vintage Air, 302 with the new 351/302 alum heads, roller cam and rockers, etc.

Any other ideas on what will work best with this '72 block that was given me?

C4 or C6... I am getting different stories on which one will fit the 72 block?

TIA,

Tom
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