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Old 02-09-2013, 10:55 PM
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I guess this will be my build thread. Got the truck mostly assembled, but having to tear it down to fix previous owners horrible work.

Loading the 55 to drive it 800 miles


Here she sits in my garage. Starting to dis assemble and get a closer look



You'll notice no strut rods and no shocks on mustang II front end




Besides media blasting rear and front fenders, first real work done on the truck was today 2/9/13. The stock 74 mustang II crossmember was cold welded and installed backwards. Special thanks goes out to Garbz and Bill W for the help. Learned a lot today and look forward to learning so much

Saw zaw and angle grinder and most of the crossmember was out. Bill W goin to town on the BFH!!!!


Grinding it down and making it smooth


Forgot to say make sure everything is balanced before any welds.


Marked centerline and tack welded.





Garbz welded in crossmember. During the weld, old boxing plates weld cracked all the way down the frame..





Nice welds Garbz!!( I actually made 3 tack welds today





To be continued... Tomorrow replace control arm bushings and ball joints. Originals since 1974. Install shocks and rest of front suspension. I guess I'll just post pics as I go?
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Look's great. Keep up the good work.
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:30 PM
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Did some more work on front suspension today. Headed over yo my buddy's dad's shop for some bead blasting and hydraulic press for new bushings in the control arms. Here's the shop


Me blasting the control arms

Lowers blasted



Putting in or taking out bushings



Painted. Gonna install lowers tomorrow and mark strut rod brackets.
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Nice work! Looking forward to seeing more!
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I think you need help with the body work. In one pic it looks like an airplane.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:22 AM
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I would trade the 55 for that thing any day! I couldn't afford one hour in that thing... When he told me what is costs just for an hour I almost crapped
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Nice work! Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Got some more work done on the front suspension this weekend. Not alot though Removed the cab, gas tank, fuel lines, brake lines, and filled in holes by previous owner where brake lines were ran.

Cut-outs where PO ran fuel and brake lines.


Passenger side removed old boxing plates and welded in new ones. The PO couldn't weld worth a crap, so the mighty GARBZ saved me again(i can't weld worth a crap either)


Cut the strut rod brackets to fit and welded those in the passenger side. And thats where it stopped.


Next weekend after strut rod brackets installed, gonna weld in these bad boys so the motor and tranny can go back in.

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Got some more work done on the truck today. A lot of work I should say. Also took put tranny crossmember, proportioning valve, brake lines. (Dont have pics of thatvthough)
I'll try to post these in order:

Both strut rod brackets welded on and truck at ride height


Mocked up shock to keep truck at ride height


Wheels back on with motor balanced and centered


Back on the ground. Just the right height...LOW!!








Lovin it!


Rear render and running board mocked up. Little rake from back to front




And to finish the day....


I'll post pics of the tubular motor mounts tomorrow
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:56 AM
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Gonna get them painted after we pull the motor out again..


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Glad to help.


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Looking good, you`ll have a very nice ride!
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Haven't done much. Next step GArbz and I are doin' is custom fabbing a tubular sliding tranny crossmember thats not really crossmember. And a 4 link. gonna be bad a$$.
So for now, Attempting to Fill in some holes in the firewall and floorboard. Started on the battery box. One side looks good on the tacs, but the other side has a bigger gap so I bought some steel bars and gonna drop them in the gap and weld.

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Morning Jrock,

If I may ask, why are you moving the battery and where are you putting it?

I kinda like having it out of sight under the floor.

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Thin gel battery behind the seat. Don't wanna pull up the carpet for battery replacing. And it would be close to the ground cuz the trucks low. And I'm raising the running board braces up 3 inches
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