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If it is welded in, it is not recommended to replace because during the collision it has pulled the frame rails together. Although a body shop can straighten the frame the best they can and cut out and weld in metal to address the cross member. It will not be perfect, though it would work for a 97 model that is just not worth all that much money. All the repairs combined are going to cost more than the vehicle is worth. There are no replacement steps from Ford nor my body repair manuals because its not recommended to replace it when this part is damaged.
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