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Dear Welder Series… narrow Mustang II crossmember?

Dear Welder Series…
I presently have a car that uses Armstrong front shocks and I want to replace the front suspension with your Mustang II Crossmember Kit. The problem is the frame is tubular and very narrow. The front tread is 45 1/2 inch. Can your kit be made to work? Thanks Frank

Dear Frank…
Frank, Maval Mfg can make a Mustang II rack up to 9″ narrower than stock. This would get the track width down to 47-1/2″ with stock (length) upper and lower arms and stock, 4-bolt rotors. Aftermarket brake kits often move the wheel mounting face of the rotors outboard or inboard, changing the track width. Shorter upper and lower arms will narrow the track width. I’ve heard that there are arms 1″ shorter than stock. This would get you in the 45-1/2″ range by cutting a portion out of the middle of our crossmember (shown below).

 

Thanks for looking at Welder Series parts.

Dear Welder Series… 1949 Dodge MII?

Dear Welder Series…
I have a 49 dodge 4 door sedan that I would like to install a modern front suspension. Is there a set up that can be used? It looks like a person would have to remove the origional crossmember A arm set up and almost build a front clip. Any info would be helpful.
Thank you

Dear Chuck…
Chuck, you have this pictured correctly. There are some pictures on our website showing how builders have dealt with frames like yours. Check out http://www.welderseries.com/blog/category/mustang-ii-installed-pics/ .

Dear Welder Series… Dodge Frame Question

Dear Welder Series…
Mr.Horton, looking at the pictures of the cross member installation in the 36 Dodge Humpback, I do not see (any) modifications to the hump in the frame. Is your cross member ready to install without modifications?

I have seen many pictures where the hump is taken out of the frame on other builds. I want to leave the frame in my sedan factory, without removing the hump. Also, I want to lower the car, but not enough to drag. Will your crossmember drop it enough or will I need to change the spindles to a 2″ drop also. Thank you!

Dear Tommy…
Thanks for asking, Tommy. Here is a photo showing the humpback ready to drive.

Most people do take the hump out of the front frame section. Grant Schwartz did this frame. (http://www.schwartzwelding.com/gallery/trucks/03.html)  Those are dropped spindles on the Horton Hot Rod Parts humpback.

I hope this helps with your planning.

Dear Welder Series… 1954 Chev MII

I'm looking at your mustang II crossmember kit, and I'm
wondering if it would be appropriate for a 54 Chevy that I
want to bag and have lay on the ground.

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Dear Welder Series… 1956 Studebaker Transtar

Hi Paul, I talked to you about my '56 Studebaker P. U. and a front end coilover cross member kit

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What do you mean, “modify the rails”?

We have had quite a few questions about installing our Mustang II kit in cars that don’t lend themselves well to a conversion. Sometimes “modifying the frame rails” is necessary. What exactly do we mean by that?

I thought I’d put together some pictures that show a few frames that have been modified to accept a Mustang II crossmember. If you have any questions about your frame or any of our parts, please email or call toll-free: 1-888-648-2150.

This Oldsmobile frame has been bottlenecked to accept our Mustang II crossmember.
This Oldsmobile frame has been bottlenecked to accept our Mustang II crossmember.
The '57 Oldsmobile has received a similar treatment, but the builder used larger diameter tubing straight forward from the firewall.
The '57 Oldsmobile has received a similar treatment, but the builder used larger diameter tubing straight forward from the firewall.
You can see the spring clearance notch in the frame rail in this picture of the finished '57 Olds.
You can see the spring clearance notch in the frame rail in this picture of the finished '57 Olds.
Here is a Welder Series Mustang II in a 1978 Volvo.  Extra material was 'wrapped' around the existing front rails of the unibody car.
Here is a Welder Series Mustang II in a 1978 Volvo. Extra material was 'wrapped' around the existing front rails of the unibody car.
A '57 Ford frame has the springs mounted inside the frame rails.
A '57 Ford frame has the springs mounted inside the frame rails.
The '57 has been cleaned up and 2x4 tubing was used to mount our MII.
The '57 has been cleaned up and 2x4 tubing was used to mount our MII.

If you’ve put our Mustang II kit in something “weird”, please send us some pictures!

Trimming the frame for a MII

Here's a great example of what it takes to install a Mustang II crossmember in frames where the rails are too high, too thick, or just not nice to work with.

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