1974 Ford Mustang IIS

There are some parts that usually disappear within minutes of hitting a self-service junkyard. Ford Granada brakes, for example; everyone knows they'll bolt right onto a 60s Mustang. The Mustang II front suspension is another.

If you're looking to modernize your street rod's handling, the Mustang II's rack-and-pinion steering and reasonably good disc brakes provide a well-worn route; it's not a particularly tough swap (as such things go), and you get great aftermarket parts availability. Mustang IIs have donated front-end parts to just about every smallish car and light truck you can imagine. That's why it came as a shock to see a fully intact '74 Mustang at a local yard yesterday. This car is equipped with the "Cologne" 2.6 liter V6 engine, so perhaps the serious junkyard vultures know something about the V6 cars that I don't.

1974 Ford Mustang IIS

1974 Ford Mustang IIS

1974 Ford Mustang IIS

1974 Ford Mustang IIS

1974 Ford Mustang IIS

1974 Ford Mustang IIS

1974 Ford Mustang IIS

1974 Ford Mustang IIS

1974 Ford Mustang IIS

1974 Ford Mustang IIS

1974 Ford Mustang IIS

1974 Ford Mustang IIS

1974 Ford Mustang IIS