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My 69 cougar currently has :

Manual drum 5-lug brakes
manual steering
bad shocks front and back

My first question is, I wanted to give the car a little bit of a stagger - I mean an inch or so, nothing major. Purely cosmetic. Should I achieve this with wheels, a front end drop, or a raise in the back? Which would affect the handling least?

Second, I'm wanting to swap out the front suspension, front drum to power disk, and rear suspension. The car is at the shop and I'm supposed to be providing all of the parts. For a car with a mild engine upgrade, driver use - which would you go with:

Option1:
power disk brake kit (includes hoses, etc) $800
front end kit street rod ($350)
Rear end components (stock spec / $400)


option 2:
complete mustang 2 front end assembly w/11"disk ($1000)
requires welding
requires rear oil pan
requires all hoses extra
requires PBU extra
Rear end components $400

Keep in mind I'm providing parts to a garage, not installing myself. So the welding I assume will be expensive. Which direction would be best? Thanks
 

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Front suspension upgrade: http://fly-ford.com/Classic_Fly-Ford_Blue_Printed_Suspension[1].pdf

Front disc brake conversion: http://www.discbrakeswap.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1&page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_images.tpl&product_id=418&category_id=1#d

Power steering conversion: http://www.borgeson.com/xcart/catalog/P_S_Conversion_6770_Mustang-p-1511.html

Add a decent-sized front anti-roll bar with polyurethane bushings and a rear bar. Change spring eye and shackle bushings in the rear springs (Note: they are not the same as a Mustang). Good to go.
 

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Thanks for the advice Yelox. That suspension is $1600 after shipping, are you sure it's worth it? Better performing than a mustang 2 package?

I'm worried more about the ride than strip performance, my car will never see a strip.
 

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I don't know if it's "better performing". It's a lot less work to install than a Mustang II setup. I have seen the parts Marlon uses and they are top quality. Marlon knows these types of suspension inside and out and wouldn't sell parts that don't work.
 
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