Yes I think some drivers/teams used the 65 Ford front geometry in Nascar racing till at least the mid 1990's. I know Harry Gant and a few others were using it in 1993. I think as drivers came along who grew up using the Camaro and Monte Carlo/Chevelle geometry they gradually switched over to the big GM geometry with the box in the front. It also gave them some more room for a larger oil pan under the engine.
Notice how the Trickle car has no front cross member, I would say that was done to get the engine lower in the car.
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