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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 9:14 pm 
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Started with a 1954 ranch wagon "field" car, also bought a 1953 "body parts" car (mainly for rear window & roof sheet metal.

I have all the stainless, grill, bumpers. Looking for front windshield though..


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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 9:30 pm 
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First order of business was stripping the car of inside molding, glass, taking off the front clip. The doors will stay on as they will be spot welded shut then we take 4 inches out of the top.

The plan is to first complete the customization of the frame: Mustang II front suspension, 9 inch ladder bar set up out of an 9 sec. drag car what's been seriously narrowed for wide tires, the car will be bagged so the frame can be laid on the ground, 460 ford big block with C6 transmission requiring serious surgery to the firewall & from floor pan to fit. Before the body work begins the frame will be a driving "go kart".

Ok to start the process the first modification was to cut out the "spring" perches so we can adapt frame to conventional configuration & weld in a mustang II suspension. This also adds about 4 inches of inside & outside space in the engine bay as the spring perches were almost 8 inches in diameter.

Top/bottom/side plates will be fabbed along with inner plates to fill the space between the cuts & provide a solid foundation for the Mustang II cross member, hats, etc.


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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 7:56 am 
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Off to a good start....thanks for the descriptions and photos.

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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 10:48 pm 
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before cutting the metal "fill" plates, paper templates are test fitted.
the plan is to weld in flat bar inside the frame rails top & bottom, then weld in the top & bottom outer frame plates, that will be welded flush to existing frame. the inner flat bar will be skip welded to outer plates top & bottom.

then the side plates will be cut to fit & welded on. notice the frame widens as you move from the firewall to the front. the mustang II cross member will be slightly notched & the hats will have to be angled properly to keep everything square. the top of the stock frame where the "spring perch" was cut out is a flat shot making it easier to build the new frame. some cars have an arch in this area that has to be duplicated, not so with this modification.


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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 10:19 pm 
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today we welded in the inner flat bar plates & vertical struts. the flat bar plates extend into the existing frame from 2 to 4 inches depending on the space available. we drilled 3-5, 5/16th holes in each end of the plates so we can spot weld & stitch weld the plates in. as you can see we didn't bother spraying anti-splatter into the weld area as the outer plates will cover the mess. all we were after is strength not beauty. the outer plates will have several holes drilled in them so we can spot weld them to the inter flat bar as well as weld the plates together.

this may be over kill to some, but a 760 lb, 500+hp, 460 cu in motor is going in this car & we don't want any twisting going on...


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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 11:05 pm 
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Nice work James....thanks for posting the photos.

It's fun to follow along as you do your thing.

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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 2:42 pm 
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the openings have been plated top/bottom/both sides, plus the inner section has a cover panel that extends 8 inches to the firewall, 6 inches to the front, it "aint" going to twist!

not only are the panels welding along the seams it has been plug welded in several places along the flat surfaces.

next will be finish grinding, then ordering the mustang II cross member kit & suspension parts.


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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 9:45 pm 
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That oughta do it.....looks nice

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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 11:47 am 
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Ordered Complete Mustang ll cross member kit from DW Horton. https://www.welderseries.com/
They shipped it out the next day! Only $30 for shipping from Ontario to Oregon. Great company, DW is great to work with...

While waiting for UPS delivery, focused attention on the rot in the floors...

Also made some "pretty" plates for the rear outside of the frame what will be welded in this week. They don't add any structural strength to the modifications they just make it easier to create a "stock" look when we fill & paint this area, plus they cover some mounting holes in the frame for the steering box...still have a little grinding & fitting to do before welding.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:27 am 
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That's a common rot area on these cars.

I've seen otherwise completely solid cars that are still rotted in this area.

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