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Old 02-16-2017, 11:24 AM   #1
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Has anyone heard of, or read an article in regards to taking the underpinnings of a S550 and grafting them to an earlier chassis? More pointedly, a first gen model. I know there are aftermarket products, but why not use all Ford parts?
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What is it you're wanting to do?
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I want to upgrade a first gen with modern suspension & drive train. I would like to take advantage of someone's experience if it has been done before, and documented.
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With enough time, money and fabrication skills, anything could be done. Google it, there have been some done. It's mainly high end custom shops that do that sort of thing.


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One big problem is the track width on the s550. It's huge compared to a gen 1. No way to get around that without custom control arms, custom driveshafts and serious modification to the rear subframe and the unit body on the gen 1. You'd be building so much custom, you might as well just start from scratch.

That's just the rear but, the front has the same problem, requiring massive modification to fit the entirely different suspension and engine cradle in.

Anything can be done, as has been said but, there is a point where it isn't cost-effective and requires mad skills most don't have.
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A friend who has Mustang restoration shop here in the Pacific Northwest has actually penciled this out...he has GT 66 Convertible...and after a lot of thought has decided it's not worth spending the $20k to do it...sure his shop charges $90/hr for labor and the OEM parts are really expensive...it's just that it would take an lot time for re-engineering everything because the two chassis/bodies are so different. Wishful thinking...although if you have a closet full of 100 dollar bills it would be an interesting project...IMHO
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