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It is located right in front of the front axle, I am trying

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It is located right in front of the front axle, I am trying to get advice upon if it should be fixed or just part it out. I slid off the road Labor Day weekend on a pizza delivery and hit a tree, you can imagine how damaged the cosmetics is considering
the cross member is bent, its almost dead center. The motor turns over fine, besides the cross member, the cosmetics would need to be fixed and the fan behind the radiator because the radiator bent into the ac condensor thus into the fan and busted it.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Welcome I'm Chris aka Moose

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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Thanks Chris

Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

I really hate that you came to Just Answer, paid to get an answer, but appears like you left not happy nor pleased with my help. I am still here available to help more. We can start over or just pick up where we left off. Let me know what I can do, so you will be pleased with my assistance.