Let me preface this by saying, I'm really trying to help you but you may not like some of what advice I offer.In the beginning stage of my build. Looking for info on CPP front clip +’s and -‘s any ideas and info appreciated!
Let me preface this by saying, I'm really trying to help you but you may not like some of what advice I offer.
Please understand that 50% or more, of the guys on this forum will never complete the projects they think they want or think they need.
First, throw out any thought of a timeline for your build.
Second, identify what you want to do with the car after it is complete.
Be realistic, do you need 300hp or 500hp? Autocross, drag race, show car, pro touring or pro street?
Next, identify the drivetrain you can realistically afford or maybe you already have on hand. Most everything about the project will center around the motor/trans combo you chose. The estimated Hp & torque will determine trans, rearend and most all suspension, wheels & tires.
Acquire or build the motor and trans. The reason for that is, if by the time you do that, your money, patience or enthusiasm has run out, you can sell the car (because you have not torn it completely apart),sell the motor & trans. Move on to another vehicle.
Understand, what ever you want out of this car, you can buy a completed project for much less than the cost of building it yourself.
Know your limitations, how much of this project can you do yourself and what part will need to be outsourced.
Lastly do not take any part of this car apart until you have identified why it needs to be done and do you have the replacement parts ready to install. If the purpose is to refinish or rebuild a part, are you ready to do that with all the needed materials, knowledge and ability.
EXAMPLE, Here in my town, we have a professional shop able to do every phase of auto work. Customer finds a 62-65 Nova setting for years with all original parts intact. Car is cheap so he buys it and promptly delivers it to the shop for modifications. They start disassembly and find rust in hidden places. Chassis and body need rust repair, one thing leads to another, body is separated from all suspension. Interior is gutted, customer is buying parts, 4 link rear, LS motor, body is in primer, customer is paying the shop every month for work done. Everything is tied together, quality paint requires quality trim and parts. 18-24 months later, pile of new parts in boxes, body in primer, unknown drivetrain. Customer has well over $30k invested with no end in sight. This is not a 66/67 Nova so it is obvious the build will far exceed the value of this car. Customer is out of money, he pulls the plug and everything will be sold for pennies on the dollar. 100 times harder to sell a vehicle in pieces than a roller or running car.
These are lives lessons, from someone that has been involved in old cars for 50 years. I hope some of this will help keep someone from repeating the mistakes of others. Luckily, the project profiled is not mine.
Just having fun with ya! Good advice.Trying to be the voice of reason, sorry if that irritated you. The CPP kit with tubular lower control arms and the plate to eliminate torque rods is IMO the best bang for the buck for a 1st gen car.
Again, I apologize for the lengthy post.
RIGHT!! you ask one question and get the novels of knowledg:no:e.WOW! Didn’t see all that coming! I probably should have qualified my plan and my past experience in the beginning. I’ve did many builds through the years of all descriptions. I’ve been at it for 50yrs. I’ve put MII crossmembers under a half dozen Street Rods, A 1st Gen Chevy II, A Mercury Comet and a Falcon. I’ve been out of it for about 10yrs but still own a semi modified/restored 62 Chevy II 100 2DR Sedan. Still a 6 banger but is backed by a 700R4 and a narrowed 8.8 from a 95 Explorer, 3.73s and TracLoc. It just doesn’t drive as well as I would like ( power steering and disc brakes) everything in the front is new. Have thought for awhile about doing the mustang II and wasn’t sure if I wanted to just do the crossmember, install uprights and skin the inner panels after removing the towers as I’ve done before or consider a clip. It’s been almost 20years ago that I did the last one on a 37 Willys. The clips weren’t and option when I did the others. Just been researching and seems it’s the “thing” in today’s builds. Wanted to get some input that might change my thinking. I realize I can do the crossmember install for half the price as I still have the plans for building it and just buy the rest. Also might change the engine as the 6 is getting a little tired and outdated. The little car is done and I don’t have to do anything really. Just need a project I guess. The clips seem to be all over the place in cost and quality. Thanks to all.