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STRATHROY, ONT

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006.JPG001.JPG002.JPG003.JPG004.JPG005.JPG006.JPG007.JPG008.JPG009.JPG010.JPGAfter months of research and measurements I think I have found a donor car. 1976 Ford Cougar, Florida car. wheelbase is very close side to side. saved everything, power windows, brake booster heater core & fan etc. will post some pics once I get the body off.

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I had an LTD frame under my 49 and there was so much that didnt fit that I put it back on the right frame,drove great anyway...

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I would use the floor and firewall from the 76...mate yours to it..I do believe the 69 or 70 Pontiac lemons is a much better fit frame for that conversion it's almost a perfect fit..if your using a GM drive train..Here is a link that have some food for thought..This a big job so plan well or you will be in deep and you need deep pockets..

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/50-merc-chassis-swap.694864/

 



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Thanks Chris, I also checked out the LTD frame a 79 I think and it was 2 inches too wide as to were the Torino frames.



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Thanks fatchuk, like I said I have researched it and the Cougar has the same wheelbase side to side. I may have to play with rim backspace and tire width, but it is very close. when I get the Cougar body off I will post some pics, Thanks for your input!



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As for us g the old LeMans chassis, I could never figure that out, they didn't drive any better than a Merc anyway? Lol...

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the old G bodies - because you got new floor pan firewall, without touching the newer wiring, brakes and drivetrain etc
welding in the rockers and trunck was apparrently easier than having to swap in suspension , wirining brake booster etc etc etc etc

and wheel  base was within an inch, and track width was the same, and you could channel the car and and and and  - there were tons of reasons for doing it lol

AND - you could walk into any parts store to get parts anywhere you happened to be



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Yeah,just that easy,just like you'd done it Ken,lol....

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another option even has new brake shoes

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/guelph/1951-mercury-rolling-chassis-c-w-many-new-suspension-parts/1110478616?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true



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