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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:50 pm 
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The 54 project has been on about a 7 year lapse due to the usual work, houses, other projects etc. I have monitored activity here but not posted for a long time. In the last few years we have been involved a bit in nostalgia drag racing, so due to roughness of the body I have added a straight front axle and it will be a gasser style street/strip car. I have a deep sump oil pan on the motor which is hitting the engine cross member. I would like to remove the cross member and fabricate some mounts from the frame rails. Is this cross member required structurally?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:36 pm 
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Yes & No,The cross member is a structural part but you can fabricate a new one and rework your motor mounts.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:31 pm 
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I wouldn't run a 54 without a crossmember at that point...especially not a drag car.

Like Danny said however, you could fab up another one.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:00 pm 
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I'll see if I can notch it to clear the pan.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:10 pm 
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Post up some photo's,I am a closet gasser guy.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:43 am 
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Here are a couple photos, it's just in the beginning stages. Gutted and straight axle roughed in.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:31 am 
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hotrodprimer wrote:
Post up some photo's,I am a closet gasser guy.


Time for you to come out of the closet Danny.

I'm out and I feel vindicated!,I love the look.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:46 am 
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When I was young there were a lot of Ford's in Gas class and Modified Production at the track, but now all you see are tri five brand X gassers (probably because of the movie Two Lane Blacktop) so it will be nice to have something different.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:05 pm 
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In the late 60's I was enamored by the look of a jacked up gasser.

I got one of the local drag racers to install a straight axle under my 63 1/2 Falcon Sprint,jacked up the rear and shoe horned a big FE and a 4 speed in it.

Ended up wrecking it street racing,I still love the look,especially 52-54 Fords.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:09 am 
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FE and four speed in a falcon would be fun.

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