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Frt crossmember change 51
#1376768 Sat Sep 12 2020 01:39 AM
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What is the best crossmember change over kit available? I do not want to use Mustang parts or Pinto parts...all suggestions appreciated...thks! My truck is 3100 '51 5 window putting LS1 5.3 v8 with 4l60 E tranny

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Re: Frt crossmember change 51
vettecrazy #1376777 Sat Sep 12 2020 04:07 AM
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Who says you need to do that at all?

This might influence your decision. Heavy modifications, lead to more heavy mods and then the snowball can be hard to control. I’ve been there and done that. I had a lot of fun going stock (ish) with my ole GMC 1 ton.

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Re: Frt crossmember change 51
vettecrazy #1376790 Sat Sep 12 2020 01:34 PM
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Yep understand, already started that snowball....I want independent suspension already got rear swap with 4 link disc brakes....just got to do the frt.

Re: Frt crossmember change 51
vettecrazy #1376799 Sat Sep 12 2020 03:23 PM
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So, I'm guessing you don't want any kind on MII kit. Judging by your screen name, you're a Vette fan. With that being said, Progressive Automotive has kits that use C4 equipment. Scott's Hot Rods have their own proprietary kit. Fatman also have kits that use late model components vs. MII.

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Re: Frt crossmember change 51
vettecrazy #1376908 Sun Sep 13 2020 04:49 PM
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Had a Corvette rebuild shop until C4 cars and later came then switched to other cars and then to salvage yard. Now retired doing old trks and cars as a hobby. Doing 51 5 window my wife wants. Just can't seem to be comfortable with mustang parts maybe ok but hoped something else is doable and reasonable.

Re: Frt crossmember change 51
vettecrazy #1376989 Mon Sep 14 2020 10:53 AM
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The term "Mustang II" or Pinto is like the term "Crescent" is to an adjustable wrench. The current offerings share NOTHING with the original Ford offerings. No folded tin cross member, no stamped upper A-frame and lower control arm, no strut rod, absolutely zilch. The present quality kits with moly tubing and spread lower A-frame are many times stronger than most factory full size components. With that said we tend to use front frame clips with the CORRECT track widths as all the engineering, engine mounts, motor mounts, brake and steering system is already in place. The main picadillo with this is designing a core support so all front sheet metal aligns. Other options are the Dakota, Aspen/Volare, and LTD. Have not done those but have seen others. Have done Corvette and Jaguar which worked out well but requires a deep "C" notch in frame horn which is no problem if the truck isn't being used with a push bumper. A trip to a junkyard with a tape measure should yield something that will work.


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