holly crap man! I so just went through TCP's website and priced out what I would need to do this swap on my 69 vert. while the front clip is affordable, the suspension and steering to finish it out.. not so much. Is there a way to use others front suspension parts with this? without brakes im well over $8K in parts.
which brings me to this: why did you do with this over other kits that are complete?
Yeah, the TCP weld-in front clip with suspension, steering rack, and shocks is expensive, however not that different from their peers. At one time I considered doing the complete frame from Schwartz performance. A full chassis with suspension, IRS, brakes, etc. was on the order of $28K. Needless to say I rejected the idea. I then started looking at TCP, Heights, and Detroit Speed. The comparison was eye opening, TCP actually looked to be the least costly at the time. I also was leaning toward the weld-in front clip from TCP because my car had suffered some front end damage at the hands of the original owner. The passenger side frame was tweeked a bit and the sheet metal from the rear inner fender aprons needed replacement. So, based on the condition of the car, it appeared to be easiest to ditch the OEM front sub-frame, sheet metal, and shock towers. I am installing a 2017 Gen 2 Coyote, so I wanted the front of the car to be stronger and more twist resistant than stock. Given my constraints and desires, it was cheaper to go with TCP for my project IMO.
That said, my initial outlay for the weld-in front clip was $2.3K including the transmission cross member. I used CJPP for the front clip because of the points I could use toward other purchases. When I went to buy the front suspension, I found that no other vendor sold the full line of TCP parts. Both CJPP and Mustang Depot sold some of the parts, but not all. I also found that MD was charging for the PS rack where it was included from TCP. I contacted CJPP customer service and discussed my dilemma, but they could not accommodate anything not available on the web site. When I priced out the suspension package initially, I had included dual adjustable shocks and 14" Wilwoods. After reading some posts on another Mustang forum, the consensus was that the dual adjustable shocks provided too many adjustments and it was suggested that single adjustable was more than adequate. So I went with the g-machine pro-touring setup, but not optioned out to the Nth degree. The cost of the package with shipping came to a bit over $6.7K including 13" Wilwoods and a late model Ford bracket for the transmission cross member. All in for the front so far is about $9K. In the beginning, I thought I would be more in the $7K range, but I missed some of the extras I decided to go with.
One has to trade off your requirements against cost. Given I expect on the order of 500 crank HP from the Coyote, strength and rigidity were a priority. Over the last month or so I have looked at packages for the rear suspension including the Fab9 rear axle, TruTrac center section with gears, axles, brakes, etc. Again another sticker shock. The rear setup will be on the order of the same amount as the front, maybe a bit less. So is $17K to $18K a lot of money, yes, but the quality of the parts are top notch. I was looking at the welding on the A-arms and they are a work of art.
All in all the plan for the car was a middle to higher end pro-touring restomod. I think the build will be well received by all who look at it when it is done. There is another factor to throw in, I was very fortunate to find a 2017 GT donor for the engine and transmisson. Want to get some sticker shock, price out the Ford Performance Coyote/6R80 combination, about $17K retail plus the controls pack, alternator, accessory drive system, headers, etc. I figure you could easily be in the $20K retail range and possibly a few thousand less if you pick the right vendors. I got my donor car purchased at auction and delivered for $6.5K. The car was only 4 months old when it was totaled out from front end damage and being striped. The car had a junk title and could not be registered for road use again, so I got it cheap. Most builders would not be so fortunate to find a donor like I did. So, compared to paying retail for the drive train, the cheap donor allowed me to spend more on the suspension part of the build. Again I was looking at the end game and the quality of the build.
I will mention that TCP is in or has completed a price increase. On my splined front sway bar alone, it went up $100. Other items went up a few percent or more.