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Installing new TCI(Total Cost Involved) 3 Link Torque Arm suspension into the Mach1 with my broithers this week, TCI tells me it will be the first one ever in a 71-13 body, they list it for the 67-70 cars but guess what, the 71 has the same frame measurements from the front spring eye bolt to the back of the front torque box and the frame rails are the same width across the axle. Went with adjustable coil overs and Panhard bar with stabalizer bar as well, looks like some exhaust work is n order as well. Quite excited but really worn out cleaning up under the car and spraying on new Rustoleum Truck Bed Liner to the clean underside. It will be worth it its just not fun work right now.
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I would build thicker lower links for it the ones they use look too thin to me.
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Still cleaning and painting parts, it all looks pretty beefy in real life but you may be right. I will post pics when complete - or try to at leat I have not been able to upload to this site in a long time.
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I have air bagged a lot of trucks learned the hard way of how thick to make links lol.If they look ok to you run them if they show any signs of bending replace it then.
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Andrew, where will they bend fisrt? in the center of the link or start cracking at the wlded ends? I am painting all the pieces so I can see where the paint begins to chafe and crack indicating fatigue. the links are 1.25 tube and the sub frame tube is 1.75, all plate is .375+. My Cleveland is making 420hp, the repro springs wrap up and the underride traction bars did not really help at all. One of the biggest problems i had was grinding up u joints in the rear but never the front. I had the pinion angle checked by a race shop and verified it after 2 weeks when I popped another ujoint and went to lakewood joints. still did it, but I can tell you its after the tires get hot and it goes from 1 to 2nd really hard. I think the leaf springs are flexing so they are out of here. I did find out the housing twisted and this is not as uncommon as I thought it was. this car was born with a non limited slip and 3.50 gears. I bought it from my neighbor and he started telling me stories of his wild youth in this car and it makes sense that a teen doing a 3-4K neutral drop to drive to smoke tires can have a lot to do with a twisted housing. he had 60 series bias plys on cragars on it. anyway this setup should more than support my power levels even after I storke mine to 408 one day. I dont dragrace or anything but in the mach1 everybody wants some now and again. and one day I would like to take it to the local strip and see how fast it is or isnt(dont care) but it will be the safe way to drive it hard - why else have a car like this if you cant right?
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Most i seen the welds on the ends break first the bent ones was mostly from the air bag on top of a too thin tubing.There was a company called evolution motorsports that went under they had a nice 3 link for the 71-73 cars wish i grabbed one now.Dodgestang was lucky and bought one Dodgestang Photo Archives
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Me too, I looked up everyone trying to find a solution for this. I found them only to find they were gone. I liked this one but so far I have found that the only difference is the width of the front torque boxes are 4 inches wider than the 67-70 cars. This was an easy fix and everything else is going right in per instructions, keeping fingers crossed.
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I did find gmachinechassis.com has a full frame but not a fan of the triangulated 4 link.I wish art morrison would do some stuff for these cars they got the f bodies covered good.Good luck with it hope it works out for you.
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Me too, I looked up everyone trying to find a solution for this. I found them only to find they were gone. I liked this one but so far I have found that the only difference is the width of the front torque boxes are 4 inches wider than the 67-70 cars. This was an easy fix and everything else is going right in per instructions, keeping fingers crossed.
Not much to add to your quandry but I can tell you from experience that the EVM three link can take a licking....the spring perches on the housing failed last time I was at the strip and deformed into nice semi circles....but the 3 link just laughed and said "bring me another housing for which me to have my way with naive"

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Yeah i was in love with evm 3 link almost had the cash saved up then they went under.I wish they would open back up or sell the designs to someone else who could make there stuff.Just the thicken of there lower links look like it would take a beating.
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This TCI kit is actually stout and the perches are welded completely around the housing - I dont think this motor will ever twist this thing up. I bought the complete rear end with all the "stuff" welded on by Currie(they are in bed with TCI) so I would not have to screw with it myself. the instructions are 19 pages and 9 pages are how to locate and attach all the mounting components and then weld on the axle bearing flanges on last- yeah right! Igot them to do that part and to me well worth it.
The kit can be viewed at TotalCostInvolved.com and then look at the 67-70 mustang 3 link rear torque arm setup. cost enough hope I get what I paid for.
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ITS IN!! Love it Love Love it, car runs great, handles great and the rear is PLANTED at all times. email me for pics at joepersad@aol.com
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Just sign up for photobucket.com its free upload them and they give you a img link copy and paste that in any forum.
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ok I'll try that right now
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