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Looking for suggestions regarding chassis strengthening..

Looking to beef up my '66 Fairlane 2dr hardtop a little. Putting in either a mild 351 or 408 stroker (yes I know it's not a 385 series engine.. sorry,) and it will definitely have more torque than the previous 302. Not looking for anything fancy.. This is just going to be a street driven car with the occasional hard launch on a back road. Body is pretty damn straight right now, and I'd like to keep it from twisting up and looking like crap. Any suggestions are appreciated! And if possible, keep them priced in the realm of a guy that has a lot of bills to pay Also, what sort of parts can I buy to keep the stock 8" axle in place to increase traction? Thanks
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I found this after a quick search: http://www.woodyg.com/fairlane/finfo/6265subframe.html

I've heard that replacing your bushings and upgrading your shocks will help a little with the axle. Or you could just sell your car to me. A '66 or '67 fairlane is going to be my next project.

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Thanks. I just wish that post had some pictures And sorry, I plan on keeping this one for quite a while There are plenty to be found. Problem is finding one in halfway decent shape. I spent quite a while looking for an older vehicle, switching back and forth between Mustangs and Fairlanes. I'm glad I ended up with a Fairlane though. I have never seen another 66/67 on the road.

EDIT: Here's one for ya in Texas
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1967-...2ace7f7b#v4-36

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AHHHH! That one's in terrible shape for a Texas car. I see good ones for about $3500 or so quite often. I still kick myself for not buying a nearly rust free '66 convertible I spotted last year for $4500....that would have been a really fun car.

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Crites make a good strong sub frame connector I think they are $95
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How about fabbing up some torque boxes along with the sub-frame connectors?
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Crites make a good strong sub frame connector I think they are $95
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Hey.. Are those connectors tubular or open end square tube? Since I drive my car through crappy weather, etc., I'd prefer a set that is fully enclosed to prevent corrosion. I've seen them before, but they are usually home made. Here's an example of what I am talking about>

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They are square tube and they are closed in. The only place they are open is where they turn up by the leaf spring area but that get's welded to the frame rail.
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They are square tube and they are closed in. The only place they are open is where they turn up by the leaf spring area but that get's welded to the frame rail.
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That's not too bad. And the price is excellent. Plus people tell me that Crites makes some pretty good stuff, so that makes the price even more agreeable.
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Hey

Do any of you have pics of your Crites subframe connectors after everything else was put back in place? Just wondering if the exhaust, etc. has to be moved at all. Thanks
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Do any of you have pics of your Crites subframe connectors after everything else was put back in place? Just wondering if the exhaust, etc. has to be moved at all. Thanks
Difficult to say what your application will need. In my opinion the exhaust should be the last thing you do because of all the opstacles under your car. On my subframe connectors I had to slide them towards the front of the car to miss my support tube for my 4 link.
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Exhaust came with the car. Flowmaster setup that dumps right under the rear seat (which is where the mufflers are.) I guess I'll just have to see what its like after I pick them up. I'd still love to see some pics of your setup if you have any
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Exhaust came with the car. Flowmaster setup that dumps right under the rear seat (which is where the mufflers are.) I guess I'll just have to see what its like after I pick them up. I'd still love to see some pics of your setup if you have any
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