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ProStreet64Falcon
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posted 10-29-2001 12:48 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a 64 Falcon that I have stuffed a 351C/4v motor into. Now the fun happens when I want/need to replace the plugs or Headers gaskets. I have heard of (and have not found) a kit that allows you to move the shock towers out to give more room to get around the motor. the 64 Falcon is the same under the hood as a Mustang. Any Guidence in this area would be great.

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Bob Hopkins
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posted 10-31-2001 01:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob Hopkins   Click Here to Email Bob Hopkins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I beleive what you are looking for is the kit to make a thunderbolt style engine compartment that Ford did to install the 427" FE engine. They did not move the shock towers ,but trimmed them back approx 2" this would work for you,Crites Restorations
http://www.bright.net/~tbolt/ is one of the places that specelize in T-Bolts

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MidLifCrisis
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posted 10-31-2001 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My buddy went through this in the '70's back before these cars became collector items. He had a 64 1/2 K-model that he had just rebuilt the motor in. He got a little extreme one night racing another Hi-po and threw a rod. He dropped a 351-C in his car but trimmed the inner shock towers to clear the heads. He just blanked them off with flat steel after cutting them back. They weren't cut low where the A-arms connected, just above. Hope this helps. MidLifCrisis

[This message has been edited by MidLifCrisis (edited 10-31-2001).]

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KAAG351
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posted 11-01-2001 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KAAG351     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
fordmuscle.com has an article about
shoe horning a 460 in a 69 mach 1. they show how they cut the towers and still maintained the strength.
look at www.fordmuscle.com/archives
then scroll down to misc. i think it is the very last article. I am considering doing the same to my 70 coupe before we drop the 351 back in it !!

good luck
Gary

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KAAG351
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posted 11-01-2001 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KAAG351     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
the article describes and shows exactly what midlife was saying !!

Gary

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70 coupe 351C (building for the strip)

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ProStreet64Falcon
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posted 11-02-2001 09:12 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks guys,

This information is exactly what I was looking for. I am a do it myselfer and will enjoy re-fabricating my shock towers.

Thanks a bunch.

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AKBOSSMAN
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posted 11-02-2001 01:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AKBOSSMAN   Click Here to Email AKBOSSMAN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is also a kit ,at least for 'stangs that lets you remove the shock towers and replace with a differant set up. I just can't remember where I saw it.

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bfxcomet
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posted 11-15-2001 01:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bfxcomet   Click Here to Email bfxcomet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll be doing the same thing to the shock towers on 65 comet.I got some good info from TomP.Look back in the archives on the mid size muscle page.
Roger

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bfxcomet
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posted 11-15-2001 01:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bfxcomet   Click Here to Email bfxcomet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I look back on the mid size ford and merc page and found my old post.The subject title is suspensions, I had to search back a year.
Roger

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Riley
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posted 05-02-2002 03:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Riley   Click Here to Email Riley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As listed, Crites has a kit. To save money we notched the towers without a kit, using the article and pictures at FordMuscle.com, Project 460, shock tower.

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RickBook
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posted 05-02-2002 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RickBook     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm 90% complete performing the shock-tower-mod to my '70 Maverick now.

I'm putting an EFI 347 (out of my '90 Mustang) in it soon. Should have some before and after pics coming.

I didn't use a kit, but according to Crites Restoration , they use the same one for a small block as they do on an FE and/or 460 (unless I misread it).

I wouldn't have guessed they'd be the same.

Comments?


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19FordMav72
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posted 05-11-2002 09:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 19FordMav72   Click Here to Email 19FordMav72     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
is there anything like that for a maverick?

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