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Install a High-Performance Front Suspension
Bulletproof upper and lower control arms and strut rods for vintage Mustangs are direct replacements for the stock pieces
For at least the past 10 years, various manufacturers have been producing suspension parts for vintage Mustangs that are much better than the original components. Several areas have been addressed, including strength, suspension geometry, adjustability, and more.
Best of all, many of these items are virtually invisible to the casual observer, which is the case with the front upper and lower control arms we're featuring here. Unless you peer inside the fender or have the car on a hoist, no one will know you've updated a daily driven vintage Mustang with suspension bits that take advantage of modern technology. We're all for anything that makes an old Mustang more enjoyable to drive.
With that in mind, we checked out a set of tubular upper and lower control arms being installed on our '69 fastback project car. A pair of adjustable strut rods is also part of the mix. These parts are a major step up in performance front-suspension components that retain the original architecture of the '65-'73 Mustang front suspension. The next step would be to go to a full coilover system, which is slick but considerably more expensive than what we're showing here.
The Control Freak upper and lower control arms are made by Blue Moon Motorsports, and the strut rods are produced by Global West Suspension Systems. These suspension goodies and numerous other vintage Mustang parts are available from National Parts Depot, which has warehouses in California, Florida, Michigan, and North Carolina.
We've also established a new working relationship with another shop in the Los Angeles area that, among other things, specializes in vintage Mustang repair and upgrade work. If you're in the area, Don & Harold's Automotive Center is a worthy resource for anyone interested in professional help with early Mustangs.