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Thread: Mustang Subframe Connectors On T-bird/Cougar?

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    Default Mustang Subframe Connectors On T-bird/Cougar?

    I'm doing a chassis restoration on my '87 T-bird and looking for some subframes.

    I've heard you can use Mustang frame connectors, if so;

    Will Edelbrock Subframe #5291 fit on T-bird/Cougar?

    Thanks!

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    T-Birds and Cougars don't need Mustang subframe connectors. It's a flat plane between the front and rear frame rails, and you can use rectangular tubing (I think it was 1" X 2" but not sure). The seat-support-cross-brace thingies aren't difficult to make either (Chuck W used to sell some I think, but not sure if he still does)
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    I used 2x2 and 1x1 for mine. cost about $70 to make


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    http://www.maximummotorsports.com/st...th=122_124_234

    Ive always had good luck with this company and their products. ( I cant weld)
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    I'd think Mustang connectors would be too short.
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    I copied this from Erics site, I wonder if you called Maxmotorsports if they could advise you?

    Subframe Connectors
    The steel bars known as subframe connectors are excellent for helping to keep your underside together. They connect the points in the unibody "framerail" that are severed in production. Weld-on types are the most effective (while also being race-legal) and should be the only types considered. Bolt-ons will only create elongated holes with time. Maximum Motorsports makes subframe connectors for the Fox Thunderbird/Cougar. People have also reported that Mustang units do indeed fit on the Fox Cougar, so you can probably use these as well. Or you can have custom pieces made for relatively cheap. After installation, you'll have to paint up all the welds so they don't rust.
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    I used the cheap Summit Mustang ones, but they needed to be bent a little straighter than how they came.

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    No need to buy Mustang SFCs, since they don't work properly on the Tbirds/Cougars anyway. Buy 10-12' of steel ($30-40) and make your own.
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    Is it "really" beneficial to do the seat crossbrace piece? Or just weld up the 2 subframes?
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    i have a set of kenny brown subfame conecters in my 87 5.0 tbird. they are longer than mustang ones and straighter. what kind did you want to do weld in or bolt in? its better to go with weld in but u have to have a drive on lift or a pit to use to put them on or you will weld in a twist. i wouldnt see any reason not to make them your self and the seat brace is there to get rid of flex by tieing into more parts of the car. if you did ones without seat bracese it would still flex a bit but not as much

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