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LCA stiffener plates
#1
Thought I would throw this out there. I am in the process of repairing and updating my front suspension. I did not have the money to go with a tubular system but wanted an upgrade from stock. Based on how the original suspension was designed with stamped steel LCA and UCAs I decided to add plates to the new LCAs to prevent flex under cornering and braking due to the attachment point of the strut rods. First I made a template then cut them out of 1/8" steel plate with a hole drilled for access to the sway bar bolts but cut short of the strut rod bolts. I then marked the plates at two bend points to get the curve of the LCA right. Heated the new plates with my torch and bent then over a piece of pipe to get the curve. This is a trial and error process to get it just right and you need some really good gloves as the heat necessary to get a good curve in 1/8" plate is more than you think. Once they fit properly I cleaned them up and primed and painted both sides to match the LCA as once attached you cannot coat the bottom of the plate easily. I them set in place and used a marker to mark off the weld area on both the plate and LCA. Grind off the new paint. Coat with Weld-Thru II. Weld the plates into place. Be sure to use ice and rags to isolate the ball joint and bushings from heat. The more the better as you don't want to melt them. Also weld in small sections alternating from side to side and end to end to disburse the heat better. Grind down the welds and prime and paint. They are ready to install on the vehicle. Should perform like a tubular LCA for much less.


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'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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Prior to welding on.


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'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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Welded in place.


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'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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Refinished.


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'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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#5
73pony,

Fabulous! Looks good. The body man who worked on my 73 mustang, used copper strips to help remove the heat. He would strategically place the copper strips around the part to help reduce the heat.

Thanks for the post.

mustang7173
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#6
Awesome.... thank you for posting.

1971 M-code Mach 1

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump
4-wheel disc brakes
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#7
If anyone is interested in a set of the plates my local shop saved the design for me. They will cut them out of 10Ga (1/8") steel plate for $30.00 plus tax. I can have them made up and sent to you for the $30 plus tax and what ever shipping is. You will have to put your own curve in them though.

'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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#8
Nice upgrade... I like it!!

Kevin

1971 Mach 1
408C Stroker
C4 w/3,000 stall
8.8" Rear w/3.73's
Disc brakes all way around.

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