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12-17-2005, 07:33 AM
I'm considering swapping the complete air spring package from an 84 Continetal to my 57 Ranchero.This would be the front and rear Continental sub frames. Then adding a 92 Lincoln 4.6 engine & trans. Are these changes feasable?
12-17-2005, 11:03 AM
I've already done the measuring for you. I'm deep into putting a 92 Town Car frame and all the running gear into a 58 Ranchero. 91 thru 94 Town Car frames are the easiest to adapt to your body. Sarah has a picture of the first test fitting of the new frame to the 58 if you can talk her into posting it or e-mailing it to you.
I'll walk you thru the process if you want.
I was checking out the underside of a newer Crown Vic at work the other day. When they become more junkyard available they will be 'the' swapmaster king. 4 bolts and you get the 4.6l engine, mounts, front suspension and rack & pinion steering. Check one out if you get a chance. Maybe they've been out for a few years and are already in junk yards.
As Is '66
12-17-2005, 08:42 PM
We been recyclin cop cars here fer a while...
th 41 roadster has rack and pinion under it along with some other projects up at Freds...
He buys a bunch of them Crown vics...
12-17-2005, 10:28 PM
Aren't the 92-95 Town Cars, Grand Marquis', and the Crown Vics all pretty similar? They are showing up a lot in the junkyards here in Cali. If someone completes one of these swaps, please share it with the forum. I think a lot of us would be very interested in a much more modern chassis/suspension/brakes. (I know I would). Not to mention the performance suspension/brake parts for the CV cop cars.
As Is '66
12-18-2005, 04:53 PM
I`ve not been "hands on"during these creations Fred comes up with,with his projects...his Motto is "Have tourch,Will fit"ANYTHING... :eek:
Ford Vans is another donor fer parts... :eek:
I have dibbs on a Bronco II 4x4 (lookin at a swap)ONE day MAYBE... :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
[ December 18, 2005, 04:57 PM: Message edited by: As Is '66 ]
12-18-2005, 08:46 PM
The Crown Vic & Grand Marquis are the same frame from 91 to 94, the Town Car frame just has longer side rails. 95 and newer frames have the less desirable fixed position mounts for the upper a-arms in front. Town Car frame has a wheelbase within one inch of the 57 thru 59 big Fords, no need to shorten or lenghten the new frame. You can use the air suspension or springs on any of these frames. Apart from the bumper mounting points, little work is needed on the frame. You will have to do some tin work over the rear axel to clear the new frame. Any good machine shop can cut three inches from each side of the new rear axel to give plenty clearance for big tires in the stock rear fenders. It's doable, just takes time. Here's a 57 convertable getting a new frame - - -
12-19-2005, 04:40 AM
Just in case anyone on the east coast might happen to want to do a Crown Vic swap like this, I have a 2000 Police Interceptor w/43K miles on it that I used body parts off of. Runs good, car wasn't wrecked so no frame damage. E-mail me or PM me if interested.
The rack and pinion wasn't added to the CV until 2003, frames/suspension were changed then too.
As Is '66
12-19-2005, 08:04 AM
That IS a nice one to have fer th swap,FER SURE...even without th rack and pinion...
:D :D :D :D
12-19-2005, 04:53 PM
I used to buy Crown Vic parts from a guy in Ga. named Tim......don't know what ever happened to him. What kind of C-V parts ya got down there Dennis?
As Is '66
12-20-2005, 07:53 AM
I was in th "yard"last week lookin at seats.
There are a bunch of Vics up there... :D :D
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