Will 65 crossmember fit

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  1. 70dart

    70dart Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone know if a front crossmember from a 65 dart will fit a 70 dart swinger?
     
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    Nope. The early A's, up to and including 66 are narrower that the 67 and up cars.
     
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    Thanks OldVart appreciate the information. I thought I remembered some sort of difference. Glad I didn't buy that one, I may have to fabricate one.
     
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    What's wrong with your old one?
     
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    It is rusted very badly. Way beyond repair. The amount of salt used here on the east coast of canada eats up cars pretty bad.
     
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    If you decide to buy a used one, look for a 73-76 v8 K frame. THey use the spool type mounts which are a captive type mount (an improvement) unlike the sandwich types used on the 72 and older models. THe other option is to look at the alterkation set ups for a tubular type set up. Some outfit that posted here on the site is now fabbing replacment k frames as well, but only for the 66 down models, maybe they plan on making K's for 67-76 bodies.
     
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    My K member is good it is the crossmember that ties the rear of the front frame rails together under the front floor pans.
     
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    Ah, I see, sorry - my mistake.

    I had to replace a section of the torsion bar crossmember on my 73, which I think is what you are talking about - correct ? Mine wasnt rotted, it was chopped in two, by some butchers that installed a B body 4 spd, and made a sleazy hack job of it. Ugh. Unbelievable what some people will do

    Probably any crossmember from 67-76 will likely work fine. The donor car for the replacement section in my case was from a 67, but I only needed the center part of it, so be sure to take measurements.
     
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    Thanks 66dartgt that is the part I am referring to.
     
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    I'm glad we got that cleared up, cause I was like 66dartgt and mistakenly thought you meant the K-frame. I have a 65 and a 66 CDN Valiant, and a 67 Dart at home. I'll try and get you some pics and measurements over the weekend. If it pisses rain, all bets are off. :)
     
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    Thanks oldvart appreciate it.
     
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