|THE COST SO FAR
|Battery replace and relocation
|Radiator and fans
|Spindles, front brakes, wheels tires
|Trunk rehab and tool box
|Rack-and-pinion steering, column, and wheel
|9-inch rear and brakes
|Engine bay cleanup with engine sale
|Smeding 427 Windsor
|Keisler five-speed swap
|Paint and body supplies
|JME gauge pod and glove door
|Interior overhaul with seat sale
|Subframe connectors, center support, and loop
Next, mark on the frame where...
Next, mark on the frame where you need to grind the paint off to allow for a good clean weld. We used a jack to hold the connector in position while making the marks. These Total Control Products subframe connectors don't require the floor to be cut, but now is a good time to hit the floor with a hammer to get it close enough to mark.
First scrape off the undercoating...
First scrape off the undercoating in the area you plan on welding. We used a 36-grit 3M grinding disc on the frame. Use the same to clean the powdercoating off the subframe connectors where it will be welded. While the car is jacked up, scrape as much of the undercoating off as you can. It's just going to fall off while you do the rest of the undercar work.
Now is when you do the final...
Now is when you do the final fit before welding. The connector should be pushed into the floor with the force of the jack to leave as much ground clearance as possible. The first connector can be placed how it fits best, but the second needs to be cross-measured against the first to be square enough for the installation of the X-brace later on.
Welding time! We used a Lincoln...
Welding time! We used a Lincoln Electric SP-135 MIG welder to fuse the subframe connectors into the 'Stang. We jumped from corner to corner in small blasts to keep the heat down, and to protect the carpet.
When all of the welding is...
When all of the welding is done, drill through the framerails using the predrilled holes in the connectors as a guide. This should be done with a 3/8-inch drill bit. Because of the clearance, we had to drill from both the inside and the outside of the framerail.
Before you paint over the...
Before you paint over the weld, spray it with some carb cleaner, like this stuff from Summit Racing. We also used some leftover VHT brake paint from another project. Because it's intended for brake calipers, it probably can withstand the heat better than regular paint.