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Re: Project Warhead
« Reply #120 on: November 17, 2022, 04:21:43 PM »
This quite a project you have going and I don't know how I have missed your posts.  Had I noticed it sooner I would have compared notes with you with the project I have going on.  Yours looks to be a straight resto, while mine is re-using as much as I could from my rotted out Pinto to make an oddball car.  I will follow this as you progress.

One question:  what did you have to do to get your strut rod and lower control arm holes to line up?  I also bought the Speedway arms and they too seem to be off by a little bit.  I think I can tweak them but wondering what you ended up doing.  Mine came with the press in studs too but I am going to use Grade 8 bolts instead as I am going to be bolting the sway bar mount on top of the strut rods and the studs won't be long enough to accommodate bot the rod and mount.
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Re: Project Warhead
« Reply #121 on: November 18, 2022, 04:40:54 PM »
Rob thanks. I plan on doing a few mods to the car more electronic side. The strut rod on the passenger side I still haven't messed with it yet. I plan to tweak it with a long cheater bar in very near future. I still don't have a tank for my welder, but I'm working on that next wk.
Like I said I welcome any questions it keeps me motivated.

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Re: Project Warhead
« Reply #122 on: November 27, 2022, 09:22:06 AM »
I have some comments on the strut rod issue.  It looks like you have one factory rod and one that you bought at Speedway.  I didn't think I needed my old strut rods and gave them away but unfortunately I found that the kit I bought from Speedway that didn't require strut rods, when I attempted to install I found out that the Speedway kit doesn't work with a stock Pinto Crossmember.  I had to go another route with different lower control arms.  I am finding that other parts that Speedway lists for Pinto and Mustang II only work with the Speedway or Heidt's crossmembers, not the factory stock crossmember.  That is true for the strut rods that you and I purchased.  The speedway arm isn't designed to work with the factory frame.  The Speedway frame has a different mounting bracket and doesn't go through the frame like the factory configuration.  I think if I put mine in the vice and heat to cherry red, I will be able to bend it slightly to make it line up with the factory frame mount.  The good news is that the mounting holes in the strut rod line up with the holes in the Speedway lower control arm...you just cant bolt it on because the angle is wrong to get it to line up with the frame mount.  Other than the angle being different, do you see any other differences from the factory rod?  Is the overall length the same?  Are the Speedway bushings the same as the factory bushings?  Mine old ones are long gone. 

I looked back and saw that I had offered my old strut rods to you in an earlier post before I gave them away to someone else.  I wish I had kept them!  I also wish I had researched and asked more questions about the Speedway parts.  I assumed that they could be used with a factory crossmember but they don't.  I asked the sales rep if the kit would...he assured me it would and even passed me to a tech support specialist and I told him what I had and he too assured me it would all work together just fine.  I know better now.  I thought if anything on my project would be a no-brain, bolt-together endeavor, it would be bolting the front suspension together.   It isn't...
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« Reply #123 on: November 30, 2022, 04:25:22 PM »
Rob i still have my factory one. Everything is the same except the angle. The bushing end was why I was changing mine out. Its still solid but do you think it had rusted to much to be usable?

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Re: Project Warhead
« Reply #124 on: December 02, 2022, 12:54:55 PM »
Take the new ones to a machine shop & have them bent to the right angle ?

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Re: Project Warhead
« Reply #125 on: December 02, 2022, 06:44:28 PM »
I have an oxy-acetylene torch that would heat them cherry-red in seconds and they would easily bend.  By this time tomorrow I should have my old strut rods back.  I contacted the guy I gave the remnants of my Pinto to and he said I can have them back.  I will be stopping by his brothers farm where my old Pinto is and grab the parts I need.  The lower control arms, including the strut rods are in the hatch area so I will throw them in the back of the pickup and disassemble when I get them home.  Hopefully they are where I left them.  I will see if Speedway will take back the ones I bought.  Store credit will be fine as I will be buying more parts as I continue on my project.
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Re: Project Warhead
« Reply #126 on: December 03, 2022, 12:59:02 PM »
Heat them like that will weaken the metal.

I'll buy them if you'll ship to Alberta ! I was going to buy some anyway....PM me if you want ?

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Re: Project Warhead
« Reply #127 on: Yesterday at 08:05:07 AM »
Reeves1: I have decided there is too much corrosion in the bushing area of my OEM strut rods so I am going to use the Speedway rods after bending to the correct angle and transferring the sway bar end like mounts to the Speedway rods.

Warhead2: I attached a pic of my rods OEM vs Speedway that shows the different angle between the two.
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