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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:15 pm 
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I'm getting ready to pull the 239 and 3 speed in my '54 Ranch Wagon to install a 302 and AOD. In the process I'm going to completely rebuild the front end with new parts including the springs and rewire the entire car. It's been suggested that I should pull the front clip off to make things easier for all the work that is going to be done. Don't know how hard it is to pull the front clip or if it would be worth the effort. Anyone pulled the front clip off a '54 Ford and if so how intensive is the process? I realize that it would be much easier to do everything that I'm planning on without the fenders, etc. in the way but don't know if I'm asking for more trouble by doing so. Thanks all.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:09 pm 
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The only difficult part on mine was soaking the rusty bolts good enough that they wouldn't break. 50/50 ATF and acetone works well. I suggest you take some pictures as you go for reference while reinstalling.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:31 am 
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Thanks. I posted on the Barn and the HAMB and the response was pretty much its more trouble than its worth. I'll take a closer look and then decide.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:18 pm 
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I rebuilt my front end with the body completely off. It is nice to not have to work around the front clip parts. If you were just swapping engines the others might be right.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:25 pm 
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having done it several times both with and without removing sheet metal it will give you a chance to find any rust problems.the ones saying the rusty bolts will break this is true but a lot easier to replace on your schedule then at a later time.much easier to repair any problems without the body work in the way.do take a close look at the cross member as has been mentioned many times over the years.if you have ever pulled an engine then you realize how high you have to lift engine to clear the rad cradle and how awkward it it is to wrestle it out of the bay.take the easy way and remove the sheet metal.doing it without the sheet metal in the way will allow you to install motor and transmission bolted together.saving you further aggravation later you will probably remove the same way.removing the cross member also before also eases the job.

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