My son Robbie and myself, Tom Payne, with a friend,
John Stevenson and Marlo's Frame and Alignment, have modified
and upgraded this 1969 Mustang Coupe Resto-mod. Robbie Remanufactured
a 1969 351 Windsor engine while attending Citrus college Automotive
science classes. This engine was given a 260 degree Competition
roller cam and roller rockers. The heads were ported and polished
with larger diameter stainless steel industrial valves, Edelbrock
Performer intake manifold with Edelbrock 600 cfm carburetor.
MSD billet ignition system. The Mustang was custom fit with
Shelby 1965 side scoops and molded in. The car was fitted with
a BOSS 429-molded hood scoop and made functional with a custom
grill and K&N air filter.
this article was in the MOCC (Mustang Owners Club of California)
John Stevenson a long time friend massaged the
body and painted the car a brilliant Porsche red. Marlo's
Frame and Alignment installed Marlon's customized polyurethane
graphite embedded lower control arms (you can get these only
from Marlon), a large diameter Shelby type stabilizer bar
with silicon lubricated polyurethane bushings, and new rear
springs with polyurethane bushings and polyurethane strut rod
bushings. All the bushings are polyurethane graphite embedded.
The idler arm was replaced with a Ford original for a more stable
ride. Marlon's father assures me that the aftermarket idler
arms give you a wandering feeling in the steering. This guy
has 40 plus years experience with Ford suspensions. That
is where the car is at to date. Robbie wants to up grade the
air conditioning and put in a 355 limited slip differential.
The car has been in two car shows and won trophies.
Jeff Fischbach's 1965 Mustang Convertible
To whom it may concern:
I thought I'd take a moment to recognize Marlo &
Marlon for all the hard work they have put into my car. When I
came into the shop a couple of weeks ago the rear-end of my '65
convertible was nearly dragging on the ground. When Marlon disassembled
the rear suspension, he found original 35 year old leaf-springs.
He preserved the top leaf with the original part number for possible
future concours restoration, but bolted in a set of new springs,
shocks and welded in a 3/4 inch sway bar, just for kicks. The
difference is unbelievable! Not only did it lift the car OFF
the ground, but now the tires stay ON the ground. In effect, I
gained HP at the wheels. Plus, no more twisting around corners,
and all of the rear-end rattle is gone.
what I call a smooth ride! My son coming home from a
car show. (You'd think I made him detail the car.)
I wanted to get Tractionmasters and sub-frame
connectors--not to mention the whole front-end redone--but Marlon
insisted that I feel the difference that just the rear-end made
before deciding on other options. To this day, I'm not sure if
that was good nature, or good business. Truth-be-told, when I
left the shop, the difference was so dramatic that I didn't think
I would need to return, but now I figure, if that's what I get
from shocks, springs, and a roll-bar, what would happen if I let
them loose on the front-end?
I would also like to extend a special thanks to
Marlo (Marlon's dad). For as long as I've had the car, the steering
has felt really loose. I wanted to get it taken care of, but another
mechanic told me that I needed to replace the entire steering
gear. I'm not prepared to spend that kind of money, and I'm proud
of the number of original parts I've been able to preserve. When
Marlo backed the car into the shop, he asked if I wanted my steering
fixed. I told him I didn't think I could afford it. So, he popped
the hood, lubed the gear and in 5-minutes he was done. Later,
I took it for a test-drive... amazing! Completely fixed and it
didn't cost me a dime! Plus, he put in a set of reconditioned
rear-seatbelts on the same day.
Thank you guys! It's like a new-old car.
Jeff M. Fischbach
PS - Sorry I didn't write sooner, but it's hard
to hold a pen at these speeds!
Don Donnely's 1971 Little Red Pony
I found my 1971 Mustang Convertible in 1983. She
wasn't always sexy red... Originally, she started out a medium,
metallic, bronze. I met her waiting for someone in a parking lot...
a "For Sale By Owner" sign on her. It was "love at first sight!"
At that moment, her owners drove up and she came home with me
that night. I had become the third man in her life and she was
still the same natural beauty she had always been. Unaltered,
she was almost perfect.
Then a strong dose of realism... a terrific car
that looks great, doesn't always handle great. Why does it float?
I took it to Firestone and they said it needed a new front end...
Cah-ching! The new front end didn't fix it so it went back and
they reworked the front end. It was no better the second time,
but at least it had a new front end.
Because the ride was still poor, in October '99
I had new springs and shocks (front & back) installed... Cah-ching!
I changed tires and brakes... Cah-ching! The work was done incorrectly.
The mechanic is "out of business" and my pony was even worse than
before. In addition to an awful ride, there were all kinds of
unwanted noises coming from the front of the car.
The first MOCC
(Mustang Owner's Club of California) event I attended was
the Suspension Clinic, January 21, 2001, at Marlo's Frame and
Alignment. Many MOCC members attended and my pony was the first
on the rack... Marlon Mitchell (MOCC President) and his dad, Marlo
crawled underneath to explain what work needed to be done. They
would say things like, "notice the improper angle of the ball
joint" or "wow, that swing arm looks like it should be in a cast",
but everyone was crowded around and I really could see very little...
except for the constant drip of the defective water pump.
Well, I decided to go for it, one last time, and
let Marlon apply his 18 years of suspension secrets and Marlo's
45 years of expertise to my convertible... Cah-ching! They
worked on my stang and their magic has returned her to my sexy
little red pony. She is more responsive than she has ever been.
A mere touch of her steering wheel and she does what you want
her to do. The unwanted rattles and squeaks are completely gone.
She still deserves more attention (new top and paint), but over
time, all of her needs will be met too!
Jim Hansen's 1969 Mach I
Seven years ago I was faced with the proposition
of either rebuilding the engine in my '86 5.0 Ltr. or trading
it in on a newer Mustang. Another type of car was never an option.
I've had 3 Mustangs over the past 20 years and there is no
other car. One day my wife and I were out looking at '88-'92
"Stangs" when my wife spotted a '69 Mach I 351 Windsor
2 br. No air - Total Blue color. It's the car I always wanted
except it wasn't the GT500 KR. I decided this was the next best
thing, and I intend to make this Mach I the best it can be. So,
after talking with other Mustang folks, I started this project
by rebuilding the suspension by the best guy for the job: Marlon
Mitchell at Marlo's Frame and Alignment.
Marlon installed a complete front suspension with
polyurethane bushings and a 1" sway-bar with greaseable bushings
and brackets. Plus, a complete rear suspension: Springs, polyurethane
bushings, 3/4" adjustable sway bar, and rear Traction Master
She's new and perfect! Thanks Marlon.
Ken Roussin's 1966 Fairlane GTA
To whom it may concern:
Last fall, while restoring my '66 Fairlane GTA I
decided to install a set of full length sub-frame connectors to
prevent excessive body flex. Stress cracks behind the back corners
of the rear windows are common in big block '66 and '67 Fairlanes
and I wanted to eliminate the possibility of this happening to
I originally intended to have the sub-frame connectors
installed by a shop that specializes in preparing vintage Mustang
race cars, but I was told it would be weeks before they could
even consider doing the work. A few days later, at Cruiser's Car
Wash, a local cruise destination, I was talking to a fellow about
my dilemma. He wasn't even driving a Ford but immediately told
me about Marlon and Marlo's Frame and Alignment. The following
Monday I called Marlon and discussed my needs. Within minutes
I was convinced that Marlon could properly do the work and it
felt as if I had known him for years.
The next morning my car, behind a tow truck, arrived
at Marlon's shop. My car was immediately disconnected from the
tow truck and placed on a rack. Marlon explained exactly how he
was going to do the work and assured me I could pick the car up
that afternoon. When I returned later in the day I found my car
completed and Marlon partially collapsed from heat exhaustion.
It had reached 105 degrees in the Valley that day and the heat,
combined with welding underneath a car wearing heavy welding clothing
had about done Marlon in, but he kept his word, not to mention
completely inspecting the suspension, at no charge.
If you need suspension or frame work do yourself
a favor, take your car to Marlo's.
Patrick Selfridge's 1952 Ford Pickup
It's hard to know where to begin with all that
Marlon and Marlo have done for my 52 Ford and myself. I had an
independent front suspension system installed by a chassis company
that, to put it mildly, butchered the job. I went to three different
alignment shops to fix steering and drivability problems before
I found Marlon--none of whom
could cure my problems. Within minutes of Marlon and Marlo putting
my truck on their rack, they shook the front end and found that
one of the rack-and-pinion mounting bolts had not even been tightened
by the company that installed the suspension. This alone was never
caught by any other shop.
In a sense Marlon may have saved my life right there.
My truck's steering wheel also would not center --again noone
could figure it out until Marlon and Marlo. Since then we have
gone on to get my truck's ride height and suspension exactly the
way I wanted it.
Marlon and his Dad have :
Installed two inch drop spindles and custom mounted calipers
Added new coilover shocks
They helped me select Front and rear sway bars with poly bushings
and mounts they custom fabricated
C-nothed the frame in the rear and removed the SAFE amount
of leaf springs along with custom fabbed rear shock mounts to
achieve the height I wanted
And installed new 3: 55 gears we picked out together
truck now drives like a brand new one -- all thanks to Marlon
and Marlo. They took their time, used the Best parts avilable
and really listened to what I wanted. Marlon continues to consult
with me on just about every facet of building this truck, and
I can't thank them both enough!