singledownloop
singledownloop New Reader
9/2/14 7:11 p.m.

I bought a 1976 amc hornet for a father-son project.We are using a 1993 mustang gt as a donor.We are using the engine and aod trans and keeping the efi.The hornet front suspension looks like the 1964-66 mustang suspension.A few shops offer kits to put late model mustang struts into first generation mustangs.I have one friend that been a custom car builder since the 70's and another that owns his own machine shop.I'm pretty sure we have the talent just not the plan on how to do this project....

singledownloop
singledownloop New Reader
9/2/14 7:36 p.m.

To clear up any confusion in my previous post I'm including a link to a site with the style of K member I'm thinking about.I have never done business with this company and am not trying to sell anything.. http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/products/79-93-Mustang-K-Members-Coil-Over-Kits

noddaz
noddaz GRM+ Memberand Dork
9/2/14 8:04 p.m.

K member? Sounds like way too much work. Fit some sort of strut pivot bearing at the top of the shock towers with coilover McPherson struts and somehow mount Fox body knuckles to the stock lower arm... Something like this.... (Thank you Mustang Monthly...)

I am not saying it will work... But it will use some stock stuff to save time and money...

singledownloop
singledownloop New Reader
9/2/14 8:35 p.m.

I like the way you think.Howe Racing enterprise will build custom knuckles.Kits to convert stock mustang struts to coil overs are available and fairly priced.My machinist friend has been a machinist since the 60's.I'm certain he can make me a custom strut pivot bearing if I gave him specs.I'm curious if I could use the stock mustang piece along with adjustable camber plates.I'm worried about getting the correct angle both front to back and in and out for the strut.Thoughts?

singledownloop
singledownloop New Reader
9/2/14 8:46 p.m.

Here's a link to strut kit for 64-66 mustang.It's high dollar so not very grassroots.Here a link http://www.fatmanfabrications.co/products/1964-%C2%BD-1966-ford-mustang-strut-ifs-conversions/

noddaz
noddaz GRM+ Memberand Dork
9/5/14 12:58 p.m.
singledownloop wrote: Here's a link to strut kit for 64-66 mustang.It's high dollar so not very grassroots.Here a link http://www.fatmanfabrications.co/products/1964-%C2%BD-1966-ford-mustang-strut-ifs-conversions/

Screw that... lol There has to be a cheaper, easier way. (Although that kit may in fact be the "best" way...)

BTW, where did my other link go?

Dusterbd13
Dusterbd13 PowerDork
8/30/16 10:58 a.m.

found this while thinking about the challenge car.....

any ideas on wether the taper of the amc ball joint is the same as the taper of the mustang ball joint? if so, we could do this in a challenge worthy fashion.

but would it benefit us? is the mustang strut really any better than the AMC hornet/spirit design?

Stefan (Not Bruce)
Stefan (Not Bruce) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/30/16 11:22 a.m.

Wait, so you want to ditch double A-Arm front suspension that could be reconfigured for a decent camber curve and install McPherson strut suspension instead which has absolute crap camber curves and only works with a ton a static negative camber and limited suspension travel.

I'm not sure it will be an improvement.

Dusterbd13
Dusterbd13 PowerDork
8/30/16 11:32 a.m.

Fair enough. That's why I asked.

Stefan (Not Bruce)
Stefan (Not Bruce) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/30/16 3:16 p.m.

I'd modify the existing suspension geometry (which I believe Javelin might have details about) and throw some stiffer springs and shocks at it, but that's just me.

A faster steering box from a Jeep or a Chebby product and freshen everything up as much as possible.

gearheadmb
gearheadmb HalfDork
8/30/16 8:24 p.m.
Stefan (Not Bruce) wrote: Wait, so you want to ditch double A-Arm front suspension that could be reconfigured for a decent camber curve and install McPherson strut suspension instead which has absolute crap camber curves and only works with a ton a static negative camber and limited suspension travel. I'm not sure it will be an improvement.

This. On 65-66 mustangs all Carrol Shelby had to do was redrill the upper control arm holes about an inch lower. It lowers the front of the car about 1.5" and drastically improved the camber curve.

snailmont5oh
snailmont5oh Reader
8/30/16 9:39 p.m.

Stefan had the best advice for using a Fox Mustang front suspension: don't. The only good thing about them is that they were cheap and took up less room.

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