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I have received different answers to this question. I have a 71 Pinto and want to convert to 74-up front suspension, what needs to be done? is this as easy as swapping or is this a major undertaking ? any help would be great. thanks
Brian! It hard but not that hard. Use a 74/80 spindel with the stock lower control arm. You'll need to build tubelar upper arms to get the right spaceing along with the proper ball joints. Late tie rod ends are bigger so you'll need to adapt there, or go to a later rack. You'll double the stoping power when you do this. My old red Pinto that was pictured in Grassroots Motorsports along with your dads old car had this mod, (I think) (was built 30 years ago). I've seen at least two others with this mod, so it can be done, and it is well worth the trouble.
Dick, For my purposes, and maybe Brian's too, I would consider an aftermarket front upper& lower w/ spindles, rotors and calipers. But we must use the 71-72 rack to avoid changing the crossmember (Lots of cutting and welding) and there's the issue of being able to Shim the rack for bump-steer for a proper race height and geometry. SCCA and SVRA might not allow for too much in Vintage trim rules. Otherwise we fall into the money pit of Tubular front clips, etc... The old GT vs Production preparation paradox. Anyone building custom / drag Pintos won't be too concerned with this. Pintony ... well ,he owns all the NOS 71-72 stuff in the country :smile: Pipe in with your thoughts, Pintosopher