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  • Which Mustang II and why?

    What Mustang II suspensions do you recommend for strictly street driving in a '56 Ford truck? Looking for comfortable ride, easy steering, etc. What say you?
    Bakersfield, CA.

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    Re: Which Mustang II and why?

    Camaro clip

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    • #3

      Re: Which Mustang II and why?

      I'm afraid of an MII on anything bigger than an MII... check out the CV install idea would be my suggestion. Modern, really inexpensive, brakes from hell, not too hard to pull off. Less work than an Mii. That's just me.
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      • #4

        Re: Which Mustang II and why?

        How about the 2003up Crown Vic? You have to make mounts to bolt it in because its all aluminum but they seem to be getting popular for early trucks.

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        • #5

          Re: Which Mustang II and why?

          I did some reading up on the Crown Vic stuff. For this year of truck the track width is a little wide. Makes it so that you have to run shallow dish wheels ala late model stuff. Then the brakes are too large for 15 inch wheels. This truck is an old school driver with an older resto feel to it, Y-block and all. Kinda going to stick with the old truck look.
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          • #6

            Re: Which Mustang II and why?

            I remember about 25 years ago Volare-type clips were all the rage for those year trucks. That said, any of the big name guys like Heidt or Fatman have MII kits, or that guy in Canada that has the weld it yourself series that SBG used in his Fiat.

            There's also the Dakota, the Camaro, and even Jaguar clips that people have grafted onto these.
            None are "bolt-ins" by a long shot, but you certainly can't say your selection is limited!

            I think if money is tight, get the welder series, if you've got cash and want something a little fancier and more custom looking, go with a chromie Fatman setup. For something a little different, but still works extremely well and you'll be able to get parts for, go with a Dakota clip.

            If you really want old school, why not just do an axle flip or reversed eyes and keep the old beam front end?
            Last edited by hauen; August 12th, 2012, 06:29 PM.

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            • #7

              Re: Which Mustang II and why?

              The truck does have an old school look to it, but not early 60's or 50's. The body and interior were restored about 20 years ago. About that time, a Corvair front suspension was installed with a new disc brake conversion. I have yet to take a look at the Corvair stuff under it yet, but my friend (the owner) always thought it was a little on the light duty side. So, the straight axle is no more.
              Bakersfield, CA.

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              • #8

                Re: Which Mustang II and why?

                If the frame isn't cut up, you could probably find an original axle setup for it pretty reasonable.

                Corvair is definitely weak, the MII does work.

                There's a guy in Phoenix, Industrial Chassis, who makes a Dakota kit for some of the old trucks. Nice stuff.
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                • #9

                  Re: Which Mustang II and why?

                  you can easily (this is relative) section the panther chassis to make it narrower. My buddy Karl did his '62 short bed with a complete Marauder chassis, no narrowing, which worked out really well, engine, trans, rear end etc. Wheels are Bullet Mustang.

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                  • #10

                    Re: Which Mustang II and why?

                    Thanks for all the tips, guys. Keep em comin. All the experience is helpful for making an informed descision.
                    Bakersfield, CA.

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                    • #11

                      Re: Which Mustang II and why?

                      I used a factory cross member for the Mustang 2 in the falcon - I won't do that again - I would go with welder series if you're going M2, the others are just way way way more expensive.

                      I like the crown vic idea alot - but if the track width isn't good - that's out.
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                      • #12

                        Re: Which Mustang II and why?

                        I used a factory cross member for the Mustang 2 in the falcon - I won't do that again - I would go with welder series if you're going M2, the others are just way way way more expensive.

                        I like the crown vic idea alot - but if the track width isn't good - that's out.
                        You'd have to make a "Wide Body" Falcon to make the Panther Chassie fit.
                        It would look like the old '60's NASCAR Super Modifieds,LOL.

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                        • #13

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                          I've seen the Mustang 2 system under alot of heavy stuff..
                          I don't know.. But it seems to me the M2 is a rather smallish car?
                          I much rather have, like the Camaro/Firebird clip as they are beefier and there is a boatload of aftermarket stuff for them..
                          Those clips unbolt.. Do the M2 systems? I ask because I don't know..

                          http://www.jimmeyerracing.com/

                          Try him.. He does work for several different viehcles, including M2 conversions..
                          I've been eyeing his rack and pinion for my 57..
                          He also builds new frames..

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                          • #14

                            Re: Which Mustang II and why?

                            Not sure of your budget but....

                            http://www.heidts.com/heidts_superid...e_package.html

                            or the 4" widened kit here...

                            http://www.fatmanfab.com/mustang2.php
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                            • #15

                              Re: Which Mustang II and why?

                              I've seen Aerostar front suspensions used in old Fords. Seems pretty straight forward.

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