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Old 03-04-2010, 09:00 PM   #1
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I want to buy a 1960s Mustang Convertible, SUSPENSION QUESTION?

I finally have all my finances in order and I want to buy a 1966 or 1967 Mustang Convertible. I find that the straight 6 cylinders are much cheaper. I always wanted to build a powerful Ford Straight 6 300 motor. People tell me that the 6 cylinder Mustangs do not have the same suspension as the 8. What does it take to beef up the suspension? I want to keep it a 6, but I want to put in a powerful one, and change the transmission to a T-5 Tremec manual. I know this is all do-able, I just don't know about the suspension part.

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You can use a lot of Mustang SVO, Lincoln and Ranger front end parts, also the old standby, Mustang ll, Granada and Fairmonts.You'll want a rack and pinion too. I would recommend a subframe connector and rally bar for the engine bay.

or you could go with all old stuff from a v8 car, but I would recommend disc brakes.You can use a old parts catalog to see what is v8. Just about everything was upgraded between the 6 and 8

some will tell you it can't be done, but I have seen it done. It's just a real tight fit between the water pump and radiator.

I've been planing on building one myself and have most everything.

Here are two of my groups, let us know your progress

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that Mustang Monthly project 6 to 8 is pretty good and here are the complete stories including the Front suspension,
http://www.mustangmonthly.com/projectbuild/index.html
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Old 03-04-2010, 10:41 PM   #3
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the 300 straight six is one of the best engines ever produced but you will not find it in a mustang. that will be a 200 cu. in.
-try Clifford Perfomance, their moto is 6=8

an inline configuration will produce 30% more torque then a "V"
if you want a hot rod, you need to ditch the 6
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i know you dont want to go with the v8 but this should help http://www.mustangmonthly.com/projec...rsion_upgrade/
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Old 03-04-2010, 11:31 PM   #5
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suspension is the same but the rear end is weaker as are the front brakes..may have smaller sway bars as well

i once had a 300- 6 in a 62 falcon that ran 12.20 in the quarter mile..
.blowing the doors off 440 chargers and 396 camaros was
a great feeling for me...not so much for them
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