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Mustang 2 Installation 1949-1954 Chevy Car. Steps required to install mustang 2 in a 49-54 chevrolet. The conversion is simple with the proper tools and the proper kit.

I choose the Fat Man Fabrication kit for my 1950 chevy.
Reasons I choose this kit:
Quality Crossmember
Ultra low option
Free stainless polished tubular a-arms.
Big Brakes

Here are some of the steps involved to installing a Fat Man Ultra-Low Mustang 2 kit. (Assuming you already have the engine removed)

Mustang 2 Install

  1. Remove Stock Sheet Metal.
  2. Level Frame
  3. Mark Axle Centerline.
  4. Brace Frame.
  5. Remove Stock Suspension.
  6. Clean Frame.
  7. Tack Weld Crossmember.
  8. Check Crossmeber is level.
  9. Final Weld Crossmember.
  10. Setup Spring Hats.
  11. Tack Weld Spring hats.
  12. Re-Check Fit of Spring Hats.
  13. Final Weld Spring Hats.
  14. Install Rack and Mark for C-Notch.
  15. Cut for C-Notch.
  16. Tack Weld C-Notch.
  17. Test Fit IFS Componenets and Check Clearance of rack within c-notch.
  18. Remove IFS Components.
  19. Final Weld C-notch.
  20. Paint and Re-Assemble.
  21. Cut Inner Fenders.
  22. Hook-Up Steering.

In order to make everything easier I removed the entire front sheetmetal. You can keep the grill, radiator support, and fenders bolted together and remove the front assembly as a whole. After removing the front fender and motor, On my 50 there was a few brackets on the frame that needed to be removed in order to install the mustang2.

Please note: I am in the middle of working on the page.

 

 

 



FRONT SUSPENSION OPTIONS

I have asked around for feedback and pros/cons of various mustang II crossmembers and hub-to-hub tubular A-Arm Kits. After reading/researching on the H.A.M.B. I read about tubular a-arm failures from Heidts.

Mustang 2 manufacturers:

Chassis Engineering (Bolt-In, power rack NOT Available, excellent feedback)
Heidts (Weld In) Reports of bad customer service.
Fatman Fabrication (Weld in, excellent feedback)
Total Cost Involved (Bolt-in crossmember/ Weld-in Shock towers) Excellent feedback.
Jim meyer (weld-in)
RB's Auto (Bolt-In, Bad reviews/feedback, Does not center the wheels in the wheel-well See Site Visitor Testimonial and photos.)
Scott's (Good feedback, Waiting on customer testimonial)

 


How-To Links:
Chassis Engineering Mustang II Install
RB's Mustang II Install

Other Options:
Chevy's of the 40's Corvette Suspension
Jaguar IFS - Installation Instructions.

Adapting a Rack & Pinion to Stock steering:
http://www.y-blocksforever.com/tech/html/rpinbird.html
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=97657

Post on Chevy talk about R&P options
http://www.chevytalk.org/threads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/1587829/an/0/page/0#Post1587829

 

 



If you are starting from scratch here is list of accessories to outfit your mustang 2 installation.
(Coming in the future)





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Setting up Spring Hats
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Final Welds
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Marking for C-Notch

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C-Notch Tacked in
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Test Fit
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Crossmember Primed

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All Done

   


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