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  • Huskinhano
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    May I suggest http://www.racingsoftware.com/chassis_setup_secrets.htm I bought this book a while ago, tons of great info

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  • mustang13
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    I just caught up on your whole build thread, WOW! Cool project. AWESOME fab work. I liked the rear FOX set-up you started with, gives me some ideas for a future project.

    LOVE the grille, LOVE the Ford power too. What trans? Heat makes old kingpins run scared (even tho they say not to, I've always done it, and warm up the spindle-axle, and freeze the new pin before install, they fall together)

    FYI, if you don't know all ready, if your water pump if for a sepentine belt style late model, it spins reverse rotation from a V belt style, since thats what I see you have bolted to the crank.

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  • cantvalve16
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    The whole thing looks like fun. I'm curious to see how the straight axle handles with coilovers and sitting low like that.

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  • BetterWithBoost
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    I'm very jealous of your buy, and more so of your fab skills! That chop
    looks killer, the custom grill is entirely bad-ass, and the bed will be too!

    Maybe a short (5' or less) bed to keep the thing Truckster-ish? ;D

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  • glockster
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    I went out and spent some time looking at it last night. I agree with your assessment and will reinforce the lower arm. I would prefer to have the axle centered between the links but it didn't work out with my frame design. The joys of building a car from scratch

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    from the picture it appears that your front control arms are a 4-link design. the problem(s) I see, based upon the picture, would be most noticable when you're braking hard. The axle isn't centered, and since the lower link is above the axle you'll have high leverage against the lower arm. thus if the arm bent.... life would get kind of interesting at that point. ;) realistically, the lower arm is the most important as it'd have the most stress on it since its natural tendancy would be to try to fold under the car.

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  • glockster
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    I don't think it should be able to. four link in back, radius rods in front. The hairpins would have to fail for it to fold under. Please let me know if you disagree

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    I see your issue about the top.... maybe be creative and put a large sunroof opening in it (like a model A sedan)?

    The rear looks excellent. The front - hard to tell, but maybe have the circle track guy you bought the shocks from take a look at it? It appears from the pictures that the axle can fold under the 4 link.

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  • milkovich
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    It's probably late now but when mig welding body panels, I'm going to start planishing the welds with a dolly and hammer if I can get at the back of the panel. The guy "MP&C" here (http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=53534) is a metal genius. I never would have thought it made that big of a difference but this guy sounds exactly like my old body shop teacher (but obviously way more talented).

    Bad ass welder BTW!

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  • nesabo
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    great truck. It is your truck make it the way you want. I like it!

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  • milner351
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    Wow that's a lot of work! Excellent! I love the look of the front end!

    I'm betting you're going to make your own bed...

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  • Weldangrind
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    X2 on the tube grill shell and expanded metal. It's a good look.

    Props for dumping the M2 stuff and swapping in a kingpin front end.

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  • Russell
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    I like the hood and custom grill better than the old grill shell. Glad to see you are puting a ford in your ford. What do you have planed for the bed

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  • glockster
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    The motor is a stock short block roller cam 302. Put on some old windsor junior cast iron heads, trick flow stage 2 cam, HEI distributor and an old edelbrock torker intake manifold. Took me a while to get it running, was really getting frustrated until somone told me the cam changes the firing order from 302 style to 351 style >

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  • glockster
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    As bad as I wanted the ride and handling of the mustang II front end I just couldn't get over how ugly it was. I cut the front of the frame off and started over.

    I sold the M2 setup and got a front axle out of a 64 international pickup. Had to replace the kingpins, brakes, bearings etc and built mounts for a set of hairpins to hold it in place. The coilovers are swap meet items out of some kind of circle track car. I broke my dads 60 year old 40 ton hydraulic press pushing out the kingpins. Not a job I'd like to do again




    My 9 year old daughter thought it was scandalous to not have a hood on a car. Since the grill shell and fenders weren't salvageable I didn't think I could use it. I put it on to show her it wouldn't work and loved the look of it. Had to fab up a new lower grill to hold it up.

    Probably not everyone's taste but it's my truck and I like it.


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