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70 Pony
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posted 01-23-2002 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70 Pony   Click Here to Email 70 Pony     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know all you racers do....but how about for cruising and occasional runs at the track on my 70 that's probably in the mid to hi 300's in flywheel HP.
Is it a MUST add on with the unibodies to keep them solid and handling good....
Or are they mostly a racing necessity?
Thanks....
By the way...I do run a Monte Carlo Bar and an ex port brace....

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70SportsRoof
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posted 01-23-2002 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70SportsRoof   Click Here to Email 70SportsRoof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I haven't yet put them on my car ('70 Deluxe interior Mustang SportsRoof w/ 351) but it's on my add on list. Everybody I've talked to said they are definatly worth it and you'll notice the difference. Unibodies flex under load, the sub frame connectors will prevent that and give the car more solid handling. I'm going to install a set right after I rebuild my front end.

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Scott (69Mach)
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posted 01-23-2002 06:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott (69Mach)   Click Here to Email Scott (69Mach)     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your car is pushing or over 30 years old. The unibody wasn't designed to last that long by Ford without starting to crack in bad places. Put them in unless you're on the concourse show track. You'll have no regrets.

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V8 Thumper
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posted 01-23-2002 10:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ditto, especially what Scott said. Unless it's a showroom-stock trailer queen, WELD them in (or have them welded). You can buy the bolt ins, install them yourself, and then have a welder bead them in. HUDGE diff in the overall rigidity/handling of the chassis. Can also help reduce wheel-hop, but only well engineered traction devices will totally eliminate that.

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stang106
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posted 01-24-2002 01:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stang106   Click Here to Email stang106     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was first sold on subframe connectors when I (actualy Roger-bfxcomet) welded them on my '92 5.0 with mild performance upgrades. Around here in the mountains of Vancouver Island the car handling difference was a night and day change. When pulling hard on the wheel at high speeds the car stopped creaking under the load, and it was a tight car. When I (and Roger) welded them into my '70 Ragtop, the whole car now reacts to road bumps; before you could see a front corner bounce up. I will never own a muscle car without it.
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Stang28965
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posted 01-24-2002 06:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stang28965   Click Here to Email Stang28965     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I welded them on my 65, very good idea, My car has zero wheel hop now, before it was pretty bad, I really could not believe the difference, I also noticed the handling increased.

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posted 01-24-2002 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 7DMACH1   Click Here to Email 7DMACH1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have them in both cars. RAY

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Clark
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posted 01-24-2002 10:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Clark   Click Here to Email Clark     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have them as well but have not driven the car as of yet. If you are concerned with cost I bought the Comp. Engineering bolt on one's for $80 and plan to have them welded when I get the exhaust installed. They tuck up nice and you would not even see them unless you get under the car.

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70 Pony
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posted 01-24-2002 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70 Pony   Click Here to Email 70 Pony     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks guys.....you sold me..... I will DEFINITELY do them...
My car is a looker, but no concourse trailer queen...I drive it (a lot), depending on weather..
By the way...are the Comp Engineering ones the only ones that you can't see....or are most of them "Out of sight">?

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mellowyellow
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posted 01-24-2002 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's a co. www.totalcontrolproducts.com that sells them along with rack and pinion steering. They are selling some made for cvs. On a cv, opinion, a section from rear of lower seat pan to rear torque box would get the job done, as that piece would complete a subframe connection. I looked up their ad in the latest Mustangs and Fords and there was a promo ad in it's place. Being in print advertising, that spelled one thing, to me.

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stang106
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posted 01-24-2002 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stang106   Click Here to Email stang106     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I use 1"X 2" rectangular tubing, thinwall.
Dave

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Doyle
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posted 01-27-2002 06:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Doyle   Click Here to Email Doyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Will headers be a problem when installing
these?

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V8 Thumper
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posted 01-27-2002 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nope, headers/exhaust tubes run inboard of the connectors by quite a bit.

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cynot65
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posted 01-27-2002 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cynot65   Click Here to Email cynot65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry to jump in late but I just had that conversation on Sat. The discussion was not should they go on, but which type to use. the rectangular or tube type connector, and that the rect. one was a lot more rigid and the tubular one had more "play". Any thooughts about that topic?
Tony C*

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Rustang
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posted 01-27-2002 06:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rustang   Click Here to Email Rustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the Mustang's unibody is stronger than most people think. My '67 with patially rusted out floors, no frame connectors or roll bar, went 11.18 with mid 1.50's 60 foot times. I never saw any problems with the body cracking.

Conversely, my buddy's '67 camaro shattered his rear window when he got in the 12's!

I'd definitely go with the connectors, but in my experience the stang is surpisingly sturdy as-is

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Scott (69Mach)
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posted 01-28-2002 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott (69Mach)   Click Here to Email Scott (69Mach)     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know about the Comp Eng. connectors, but the TCP connector and cross-brace is visible if you squat down and look under the car. However, they are realy well made and black powder coated so it doesn't bother me one bit to see them. They look like they belong on the car.

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Moneymaker
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posted 01-28-2002 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
FYI, FoMoCo started installing sub frame connectors in Cobra Mustangs from the factory in 1999. They make the cars stiffer and smoother. Not an offensive ride at all.

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posted 01-28-2002 05:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmmm, I've gathered a few pics of the basic rail-to-rail connectors and I think I'll get some made. It hardly seems worth importing them from the US. If anyone else has made their own, please share any tips. Thanks,
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posted 01-29-2002 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70 Pony   Click Here to Email 70 Pony     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very informative posts...but now (dumb Question)...it seems there are different types of S.F connectors....length, strength, square or round, etc......
If I'm running leaf springs and lakewood traction bars on my '70, which is rarely raced, but driven hard...what should I look for that will be an "EASY" weld on, but still accomplish the mission.
Such as product name, or description....

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Robert K
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posted 01-29-2002 01:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert K   Click Here to Email Robert K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got the TCP subframe connectors on my 65 fastback and so far am pleased with them.
Yes you can see them if bend down and stand on your head while looking under the car

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mustang68mustangs
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posted 01-29-2002 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustang68mustangs   Click Here to Email mustang68mustangs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It seems to me that some of the square connectors have to have slots cut in the floor to clear.Am I right about this?Also Comp engineering weld ons say the leaf springs must be moved inboard,Whats the deal? Can you buy the bolt ons and just weld them.I am seriously thinking of buying the Total control products for my 68 coupe.

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posted 01-29-2002 08:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There was a neat set that Mustang & Fords installed on a '70 Mach a few months back that seemed to fit real well. I think they were round tubes and you couldn't see them hanging down at all. Anyone remember what brand they were?

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posted 01-29-2002 10:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You might be thinking of MMonthly feature- putting connectors in a project 70 at Mustang Central in Ga. www.mustangparts.com They welded in rectangular tube connectors solid, from front to back. The rectangular connectors look better, opinion. They seem to blend in better. Also, they can be welded more effectively to the floors

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posted 01-29-2002 11:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mellow, this will probably sound like me being dense, but I just wanna be absolutely sure, 'cos I'm in the process of picking materials for this project. You say ...
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They welded in rectangular tube connectors solid, from front to back.
What do you mean by the word "solid" here? Do you mean exclusively? All tube? No non-tube bits?
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posted 01-30-2002 06:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry for the confusion. When the owner of the co. installed the connectors, he welded them in solid, no skip welding, just one continous bead of weld on both sides of tubing from the front inner frame rail to the rear torque box. Seemed like overkill to me but it sure tightens it up!! Hope I'm being clear.

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posted 01-30-2002 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randy Wilson   Click Here to Email Randy Wilson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I made mine out of 2"x2"x.125" square tubing. I have posted these pics before, but here are some pics. I will be securing my homebuilt traction devices to my subframe connectors. I have'nt built them yet, but plan to make something like the Shelby style underrider. The difference will be, I want to cut the ends and thread them for a spherical bearing so that I can preload my suspension (if and as needed).
http://www.hevanet.com/rkwilson/sub1.jpg
http://www.hevanet.com/rkwilson/sub8.jpg
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richard bohm
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posted 01-30-2002 11:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for richard bohm   Click Here to Email richard bohm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
subframe connectors will be going on my 66 coupe before i put it the 300 hp 289 and 4sp. i will also put subframe connectors in my 64 falcon futura with the 170 six as i believe in them that much. as for material, you want a 1018 dom steel for easy welding and highest strength. i can hear the 4130 guys now, 4130 is stronger. yes but only after normalizing when welded. as for the shape 2X2 rectangular or 2" round works fine unless you are going full time racing in a pro catagory(if that is the case then why are you worrying about subframe connectors).

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posted 01-30-2002 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do they hit the floor on a 65.And if they do,do you just beat the floor more flat or what?
My pops inlaw whats to make them him self he really likes do jobs like that.Can any one tell me how long they need to be for a 65 coupe.Do you make a channel where it meet the front frame to sit over,and on the rear where would you weld it to.And is it just more easy to buy them,what kind of cost difference is there.

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Ryan Wilke
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posted 01-30-2002 06:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Guys:
Check out my ad in M&M's 'Classified Ads' if you're looking for some sub-frames.....

Ryan

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