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 "How We Installed A '70 Nova Suspension Clip In A '50 Mercuy"   
 
 
If you’ve been driving a vintage Mercury for a while, you might have considered updating to a more modern Independent Front Suspension for its advantages. By this, I’m talking about better ride characteristics, better steering (power verses manual), better brakes (disc verses drums), the addition of an anti-sway bar and the list goes on. Besides all of the advantages, the parts are easier to come by.
 
When the car came to us, it had a Mustang II suspension clip that was installed poorly. Beside this, the new clip comes from a vehicle that comes clooser the matching the weight of the Mercury than the Mustang did.
 
Follow along as we show you how we install 1970 Nova / Camaro front steer suspension clips into vintage 1949-51 Mercurys.
 
 
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Lead Photo
Lead Photo
(Finished) Here is how the Nova clip looked after it was installed.
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Photo 01
(Before) This is how the car came to us. It was missing all of the key suspension components.
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(Before) This is how the car came to us.
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We placed wood blocks under the frame at the fire wall to simulate the ride heigth we want to end up with..
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This is where we removed the Mustang front frame clip, leaving the stock unmolested '50 Mercury frame.
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Photo 05
This is the Nova clip that we will be using. The stock front springs were removed and replaced with spacers between the frame and the shocks. This is how we will simulate the correct loaded ride heigth.
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This is where we will be trimming away the unwanted rear frame section. This cut is the same heigth and angle as the Merc's frame.
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Photos 07 & 08: With the Mustang frame section gone, we can begin to fit the new Nova clip.
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We need to make a pie cut in the Merc frame in order to make the transition smoother to the Nova suspension clip.
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Photos 10,11 & 12: We used a "C-Clamp" to close the gaps while we welded them.
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The welds were ground smooth.
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We ground the surfaces clean inside & out where we will be welding.
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We drilled 3/8" plug weld holes in both frames. We also will be using a piece of 1/8" steel plate as a backer inside the frame. We used tech screws to hold the plate in place while welding.
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We used a tie strap to pull / hold the two frame clips together during welding.
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Photos 16-20: Here is a look at the welded areas before we ground the welds smooth.
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Photos 21-24: This is how the Nova clip looked after the welds were blended and the frame was painted.
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The mating of the two frames looks like it might have come this way from the factory.
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Finished
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Finished
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