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    Well Vinnie, if we move like we're planning to in a yr &1/2 (wife's job) I'd be somewhat closer to help do the swap LOL


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    Sorry for the extra large pic. I took some 3/4" plate and had some spacers made and I also had some slightly smaller diameter tube cut to 3/4" length. I drilled some holes on each side of the cut line on each side of the cradle. I then welded those small tubes to the spacer on the inside, then slid the spacer with the smaller tubes into each side and tacked them in place. i reinstalled the cradle and readjusted the rear mounting brackets accordingly. I tacked the front pieces more so when i removed the cradle they wouldn't move. I had beveled were I needed so I could get some good deep welds and welded them in entirely. I also welded in a couple pieces of heavy sheet metal on the bottom.

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    Now i need to prep the cradle for some new paint
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    Man, that's awesome work. NICE!!! As far as mine goes, I think I'll keep the rear the way it is. LOL. It works great.
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    Thanks Vinnie. The control arm bushings I ordered should arrive tomorrow. It's taking a little longer cause Monday I hurt my back delivering a refrigerator. Go figure. Anyway, while taking a lot of breaks, I did manage to get the calipers and brackets repainted. I stripped off the blue and repainted them a different color. I'll post pics when I can figure why I can't post anything from my tablet. I'm still working on the control arms, cleaning up the casting flash.
    I've also been considering that since I have the whole IRS apart, now would be a good time to swap in the 4:30 gears that I've had.


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    4.30's? Holy crap. LOL. That's a bunch of gear. LOL.
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    I agree with Vinnie, only I said damn thatís a lot of gear, out loud. LOL.

    Mod motors do like rpm, those will get it there. I had 4.56 gears in a 68 mustang for about two weeks once upon a time. They were great fun but after the first trip more than 30 miles they got replaced. It was like driving around in low 2, so with overdrive I would think it will be like driving with a 3 speed trans with about a 3.00 rear gear, which really isnít that bad. Did you plug the numbers into a gear ratio calculator to see what rpmís would be at different speeds? I think I remember reading that this was going to be an auto x car, but itís going to be so nice your going to want to road tour with it, at least I would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnietbird View Post
    4.30's? Holy crap. LOL. That's a bunch of gear. LOL.
    Quote Originally Posted by bodyman View Post
    I agree with Vinnie, only I said damn that’s a lot of gear, out loud. LOL.

    Mod motors do like rpm, those will get it there. I had 4.56 gears in a 68 mustang for about two weeks once upon a time. They were great fun but after the first trip more than 30 miles they got replaced. It was like driving around in low 2, so with overdrive I would think it will be like driving with a 3 speed trans with about a 3.00 rear gear, which really isn’t that bad. Did you plug the numbers into a gear ratio calculator to see what rpm’s would be at different speeds? I think I remember reading that this was going to be an auto x car, but it’s going to be so nice your going to want to road tour with it, at least I would.

    LOL, ya true, that’s a lot of gear. I do plan on some road course and/or a little x-cross. I do also want to run the whole Route 66 cruise as well as the Hot Power Tour some year before they stop doing that. Yes I have a speed calculator and I input the T-45 gear ratios and it came out to 75.04 mph @ 2600 rpm. I will also be installing a rear diff cooler and with the IIRC butterflies removed, the engine will probably love ‘em.
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    Default Finally some pics

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    Here's a couple pics of the freshly repainted calipers.

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