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Thread: Anyone ever consider a Mustang II front end?
rotormunky


Redlining
Orlando, Florida
Posts: 424
posted November 18, 2003 10:49 PM

Anyone ever consider a Mustang II front end?

Has anyone here considered a Mustang II front end?

Assuming you're already down to the frame the only thing that makes it look like a challenge is the gazillion dollars you would have to pay for the entire assembly (either from Junkyard or one of the newer aftermarket dealies).

Anyway, *THAT'S* sure one one to get a more versatile front end on the truck, but I got to wonder just what that would do to the handling.


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Klaus43


Rotorhead
Posts: 1259
posted November 19, 2003 06:38 AM

It better have a great rack...

...and pinion to make it at all worthwhile to consider. That, and some bad-ass brakes! A bit too far into the 'standard' hot-rod world for me, even if I had the bux...

       
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roaddancer


Hauling
Posts: 127
posted November 19, 2003 07:23 AM

The Mustang II/Pinto front end is a favorite of the kit car set, because it is good, cheap, and available. You find it on everything from VW based kits to AC Cobra copies.
There are some very fast "toys" out there using it. Certainly an option I would consider to speed up the steering for autocross, for instance. Might save you a spin off course.
Having said that, I'm not sure what would be involved converting over. Perhaps someone in the forum has played with it?

       
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Jeff20B


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posted November 19, 2003 12:06 PM

I considered it a few years ago. I've still got the old wonder steering though.
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wankel_dreams


Redlining
Posts: 293
posted November 19, 2003 04:42 PM

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I considered it a few years ago. I've still got the old wonder steering though.



is that "I wonder where it is going to go?". My truck has that option too, but i've learned to predict pretty well...until i'm carrying a heavy load in the bed!!!!!
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Klaus43


Rotorhead
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posted November 20, 2003 11:38 AM

For any of you guys who love Pinto's...

...my latest REPU to join the 'herd' has the dead pinto motor/transmission chop-job in it. They whacked out the front crossmember to accommodate it... (I'm guessing this is the #1 reason the body's so damn straight: no one was able to do any 'spirited' driving with it!) The morons swapped the drivetrain instead of the frontend...

       
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nwaco


Redlining
Posts: 407
posted November 20, 2003 11:49 AM

Sooo, Brother Klaus.......

What is your plan for the Pinto-cross breed? Are you going to restore it? Or use it for parts? I have a 74 that I only want the cab from, and the PO cut the tranny crossmember out of it, other than that, it is a good frame. I am looking to make room at the homefront, and if your interested, I would be willing to let it go.

Ken

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Klaus43


Rotorhead
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posted November 21, 2003 09:40 AM
Edited By: klaus42 on 21 Nov 2003 09:46

Thanks for the offer!

However... plan of the moment is more-or-less thus: 'Cross-breed' being so darn straight--nevermind cab/bed rust--and nevermind the frame chop--is one of two I'm looking to hang on to, and 'make nice'. Other two more or less up for grabs... could be one for sale, and one for parts... some of which could be going to make 'cross-breed' whole once more... or not. It'll likely be quite a while before I get the proverbial 'round tuit'... But if two were to go away in more-or-less complete form, as they now sit, then I might just need to take you up on it. We shall see...
I'm still on the long, slow, uphill piece-by-piece trade-up to a nice(r) REPU...
I think part of what's really required around here at this point is I need some sage advice from an experienced, expert body-metal man, as far as what's really likely/possible/the best bet, or not, as far as restorable vs. too far along...
Then it's just the usual question of time and money...
Still, don't write me off as a potential recipient of parts, etc.--all depends.
You do seem to know about the needing of a 'good' cab, though, brother Ken...

       
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