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#137810 - Sun Apr 15 2007 10:19 PM Bolt-in Mustang II IFS kits
Keahi Offline
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Registered: Wed Dec 17 2003 12:00 PM
Posts: 93
Loc: Hawaii
I'm researching bolt-in mustang II IFS kits for my 52 1/2 ton and so far have found these two sites:

RB\'s 1947-55 1st Series Bolt-In Kit

Chassis Engineering Kit

I'm specifically looking for a bolt-on kit because my welding skills suck. And yes, I do have a few friends who think they can weld but I have more confidence in my ability to measure/drill/bolt than I do in their ability to run a bead.

Does anyone have experience with either of these two companies/kits? I sent off e-mail off to RB's with a few questions and never heard back from them so I'm leaning towards the Chassis Engineering kit.

I've also decided against the Pacer IFS (lack of donor/parts availability) and the 73-87 truck IFS (too wide). Any other ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!
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#137811 - Sun Apr 15 2007 10:47 PM Re: Bolt-in Mustang II IFS kits
cletis Offline
Registered: Sat May 19 2001 12:00 PM
Posts: 10447
Loc: Parker County Texas
If I were going to do an IFS, I would go with a new manufactured unit rather than cob in a junker one from a wrecking yard. I say you are on the right track.
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#137812 - Sun Apr 15 2007 11:25 PM Re: Bolt-in Mustang II IFS kits
john romero Offline
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you are better off buying a Heidts mustang II front end and paying for a mobile welder to go to your house and weld it in.
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#137813 - Sun Apr 15 2007 11:45 PM Re: Bolt-in Mustang II IFS kits
Keahi Offline
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Registered: Wed Dec 17 2003 12:00 PM
Posts: 93
Loc: Hawaii
Quote:
Originally posted by john romero:
you are better off buying a Heidts mustang II front end and paying for a mobile welder to go to your house and weld it in.
Just curious - why is that? Are the bolt-in units no good?
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#137814 - Mon Apr 16 2007 05:49 AM Re: Bolt-in Mustang II IFS kits
tomslik Offline
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Registered: Tue Feb 01 2000 12:00 PM
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Loc: Berthoud,CO,USA
i used a chassis engineering bolt it on a 37 ford (customer request).
you WILL be drilling holes.....in this case, a lot of 'em.
BUT there's some diagonal bracing that goes with the bolt in kit i really like as far as strength.
i've got a heidt's crossmember in my 48 chevy coupe that i'm gonna add those braces to now that it's apart again...
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#137815 - Mon Apr 16 2007 12:07 PM Re: Bolt-in Mustang II IFS kits
david dyehouse Offline
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Registered: Fri Mar 25 2005 12:00 PM
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Loc: franklin,ohio
i myself,really like chassis engineering.my whole truck is done with their stuff.ive got their motor and trans mounts , pacer kit , and bolt in rear end kit,along with the rear sway bar kit. really like their quality and tech support. if you like give them a call and tell them your thinkin about using their kit and ask them to fax you a copy of the installation instructions if you are unsure of your capabilties.thats what i did since im not the worlds best fabricator.give me measurments and tell me what to do ,i can do it. i'd just as soon let someone else figure the hard sh*t. i've talked with some of their salesmen at the nsra nats in louisville over the last couple yrs. they have ad trucks and use these products and swear by them.now this is my 2 cents anyway and my experience with their products.........dave
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#137816 - Mon Apr 16 2007 02:46 PM Re: Bolt-in Mustang II IFS kits
Keahi Offline
New Guy
Registered: Wed Dec 17 2003 12:00 PM
Posts: 93
Loc: Hawaii
tomslik - do you remember if the kit requires boxing the frame or does the whole crossmember just cradle the frame the way it looks to on the website?

dave - thanks for the heads up on calling about getting the instructions first, I'll definitely try that. I'm glad to hear that you had a good experience with chassis engineering.

My only other problem is going to be shipping everything - I live in Hawaii so it's going to cost an arm and a leg to get everything here.
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#137817 - Tue Apr 17 2007 12:20 AM Re: Bolt-in Mustang II IFS kits
rocker Offline
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Registered: Sat Mar 11 2006 12:00 PM
Posts: 144
Loc: The Soviet of Washington
"Just curious - why is that? Are the bolt-in units no good?"

My brother put a RB kit into a '40 Chev Sedan. He discovered that RB's support was very erratic. He had lots of problems with them and, for what's it's worth, vowed never to do business with them again. Not saying that you shouldn't, but ask lots of questions up front - before you fork over the cash!
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#137818 - Thu Apr 19 2007 04:43 AM Re: Bolt-in Mustang II IFS kits
Keahi Offline
New Guy
Registered: Wed Dec 17 2003 12:00 PM
Posts: 93
Loc: Hawaii
I spent a few minutes on the phone this morning talking to Denny from Chassis Engineering - he was really helpful in telling me about their bolt-on kit. I asked him to fax me the instructions and two minutes later I was holding them in my hands. It seems the only hang-up would be shipping to Hawaii...he said they have distributors in the LA area (Limeworks, socal speed shop, etc) that may be able to work with me on shipping but the entire package is going to be upwards of 250 lbs.

I'll try calling RB's tomorrow to see if I can ask them about their bolt-on kit.
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#137819 - Thu Apr 19 2007 04:55 AM Re: Bolt-in Mustang II IFS kits
32fire2 Offline
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Registered: Tue Apr 12 2005 12:00 PM
Posts: 663
Loc: north west
i have one in my truck that was made for the truck but its welded in place not bolted cant wait to drive it some day
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