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Old 06-27-2006, 12:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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just finished my customs frame connectors on my 73 mach 1 and i'm pretty happy of the results

as you know my mach1 was a total loss when i got it(was several years before i got it to be exact) but after changing 2 doors 2 front and rear fenders, 2 complete floors + extensions, trunk floor, wheelhouses, rear frame rails, taillight panel, trunk lid, the complete roof, rear torque boxes and toe boards it now begins to look like a mustang again

next steps are to change the 4 front fenders aprons, rad support, repair inside and outside cowls, replace the front Lh frame rail and change the engine crossmember and the strut rods crossmember,then sandblast for the last time then time to paint...

heres the pics of the connectors






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Old 06-27-2006, 12:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice! Looks like you know what your doing!
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Old 06-27-2006, 01:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Very Cool!
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Old 06-27-2006, 10:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Man, you've put some time into that car. Looks very nice. What are your plans for it? What kind of drivetrain will it have?
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Old 06-27-2006, 11:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
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yep ive put alot of time in it (near 2 years)
the connectors took 1 day each...this is an easy od compared to replace the top

drivetrain will be a ford 9inch from a 78 versaille with dics brakes 2.50 gear, driveshaft loops, slide a link traction bars or similar, 400hp 460ci with BB c6 tranny shift kit

it will be the weekend driver no track at all only burning ricers
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Old 06-27-2006, 01:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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2.50 gear...only burning ricers
If that's not a typo, you had better pick your races carefully.
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Old 06-27-2006, 07:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i dont want to race everyday lol not race at all, just keep up when needed....even with 2.50 of gear a 400-450 hp engine will move the car fast no fast start though and i want something that will keep my engine running high speed when i cruise at 60-70mph

this wont be a race car at all and this is the gear i have..if that really bad i will change it but i must start with something

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Old 06-27-2006, 08:46 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Yep, I believe those fit pretty well. Very nice work. I engineered some very similar ones for my car. Slightly different though because I was working around a TCP "X-brace" and some roll cage bracing. They came out very well but I do believe yours look even better.
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Old 06-27-2006, 09:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Nice work! I wish my welding/fabricating skills were that strong. I'm getting better, but I'm still slow.

Are you planning to install any cross members or a driveshaft safty loop?
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Old 06-27-2006, 10:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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yep i will install another rear crossmember near the torque boxes, and front/rear driveshaft loops

i would like a roll cage too but i think its overkill for what ill do, plus its ulgy inside

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Old 06-28-2006, 08:53 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Crazy question, have you brought it to a frame shop to make sure the frame is still true (not because of your subframe connectors they look solid, can't see any excessive heat warping) but because of the origional condition?

I would hate to see you stiffen it up much more if the frame is warped, it will be near impossible to straighten if you stiffen much more of the car.
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Old 06-28-2006, 11:20 PM   #12 (permalink)
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this is the biggest problem of it.... i cant have it to a frame shop because i replaced the complete frame front to rear so any alignement holes are to the original places, so the frame will be as its now, when i will have the front end finished i will have the car aligned perfectly (i can play with the torque boxes where the leafs attach)

this car was too dissasembled and rusted trough to have it checked on the start

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Old 06-29-2006, 09:56 AM   #13 (permalink)
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DOH! Well at least you know how to modify it to fix any issue
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Old 06-29-2006, 11:07 AM   #14 (permalink)
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yes, mooving the complete torque box can take about a day...so if i need to its fesable...i would be angry and mad and sad but ill do it loolll
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Old 06-29-2006, 02:02 PM   #15 (permalink)
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To bad you are in Canada!I have the 429/C6(477cid) I took out of my 73 sitting on a stand.ALL brackets etc..The pictures are not comming up for me.I am probably doing something wrong.
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