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71 Vert Project
If I remember correctly, the mounting holes for the drag link are sleeved all the way through the frame - so patching the sheet metal will not make the car "unsafe" after doing so. That big ol' hole in my frame was between the steering gearbox mounting holes, that we sleeved as well... and the steering gear was hanging on there just as tight and solid as could be.

I'm not sure if they have repop panels for the inner frame rail at the drag link mounting points, but it's flat stock and should be easy enough to patch. I had to stitch that area back together on my 'new' front clip because the 'yard dawgs had changed their minds about where to cut it away from the car, and it's plenty solid.

One quick tip: when you have the area opened up for repair, get as much rust inhibitor/converter/whatever inside the frame rails, and also as much sealer as possible after the rust is killed. You should never have to open up that area again.


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I dont have any updates on the car, but i did manage to find a garage to rent. Now that i have a space to work on the car i am very excited! I get back from the lodge at the end of August and i am hoping to have the motor and tranny out and the front end stripped by the first week of September. Once the frame rail is repaired i will likely replace the floor pans while everything is apart.
I am also thinking have buying something like this suspension kit http://www.cjponyparts.com/supreme-front.../p/SUSK11/

Has anyone tried this? The car will also get frame connectors right away, does anyone recommend one brand over another? Or home made connectors?

Thinking of installing a new cam and definitely a new carb. Any recommendations? Is a stock 71 351c 2v with an aluminum Edelbrock 4v intake
Well, I got the car into the garage I am renting and began stripping it. Here are some pictures as she sits now. unfortunately, I discovered that the drivers side frame rail is also rotted out. I am starting to lean towards removing everything from the firewall forward (aprons, shock towers, rad support, cross members, frame rails) and replacing it with the better parts on my spare front clip, and then fixing the cowl and firewall with patches as needed. Does any body have any other suggestions? the frame rails seem to be completely gone under the A-arms, it was hard to get pictures.
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I have ship-able new frame rail sections
I have a used front clip

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Thanks Don, but i have a whole front clip
My carb recommendation would be an edelbrock 1406 600 cfm with an electric choke. I have a comp cams 280 magnum cam on my 351 windsor and love it, it has a great idle sound plus excellent mid range and upper rpm power.. For a stockish engine the 268 magnum would probably a better choice for a daily driver.

351w - Ford racing GT40X 178 cc aluminum heads - Ford racing(crane) 1.7 roller rockers - Comp Cams 280H magnum cam .544" / .544" lift - ARP hardware - hedman longtubes - magnaflow exhaust with X pipe - Duraspark - MSD digital 6al box - MSD TFI coil - optima red top battery - tuff stuff 140 amp alternator - weiand stealth intake  - edelbrock 1406 600 carb  - march pullies and brackets - Be cool fan controller - derale electric fan - FMX trans - motive 4.11 gears - traction lok - lakewood traction bars.                                            

Well, I've been working on the car when I can, Between school and getting ready for hunting season I don't have a ton of time. Today I got the front end rough cut off, now I can carefully remove the cowl and firewall to get ready for mounting the new front clip. My plan is to keep the A pillars and window frame on the car and replace everything forward including cowl, firewall, torque boxes, frame rails, aprons, etc.
It is quite scary cutting into my 1971 mustang! But, I am enjoying this restoration and cannot wait to progress further. My goal is to have the structural repairs done and have the car rolling by spring. I have found some surprises along the road. I found a BUNCH of bondo in the rear quarters which I will have to strip down and see whats hiding, from inside the trunk it appears to be solid steel. The wiring harness was a complete mess. I am planning to use a universal harness and probably some autometer gauges when the time comes. I think I am going to replace the rear frame rails as well. They aren't rotten, but have some sketchy looking patch work some I figure I'll do it right while everything is apart. This car has had some funny repairs in the past that's for sure!
I am picking up my front clip this weekend and bringing up to my garage. Im also working on finding a used compressor so I can strip and epoxy prime parts and panels.
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Here is whats left of my cowl (view from under dash) nice fibreglass on there!
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Bondo on the 1/4
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Small hole in the trunk (bottom right in pic) but the rest seems relatively solid so I will strip it down and patch the hole.
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I won't have any updates for the next week. I am making a roadtrip to Nashville to see Kid Rock
Looks like your all in. Keep the progress pics coming.

- Mike
Definitely all in! Kinda scary knowing that as it sits i maybe have $200 in scrap metal lol!
Don't forget to keep your serial numbers stamped into the tops of your left and right shock towers.
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