Crown Vic IFS - Installation Complete (For Real)

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Re: Crown Vic IFS - Installation Complete

Postby flyboy71 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:24 pm

I forgot one more thing on the install. Im working on the frame in prep for paint and realized I need to box the frame up front. It took some head scratching to figure out how I wanted to accomplish my attach points for whatever engine mount brackets I will need later. I was snooping around my donor truck and decided to use the same method that is used to attach the steering box to the frame and be able to bolt through the rails. I found 3 holes evenly spaced and welded tubing in for sleeves. It was then a matter of cutting the boxing plates and locating the holes. Now I think the CV install is actually done. Next step is to paint the frame. :thup:

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Re: Crown Vic IFS - Installation Complete

Postby fitzwell » Mon Jun 28, 2010 2:15 pm

Little late now, but, what would be your best guess on the measurement... ground to the center of the lip of the wheel opening??
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Re: Crown Vic IFS - Installation Complete

Postby flyboy71 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 2:41 pm

Not sure exactly but from what everyone indicates its a 5 inch drop from stock height if you go all the way. Im putting my frame spacer on the bottom so that rasies the crossmember 5/8".
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Re: Crown Vic IFS - Installation Complete

Postby fordman » Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:36 pm

here is something i have not understood about these kinds of swaps and the engine mounts. doesnt the cv crossmember have engine mounting points already? or are they just wrong to use for mounting and enigne to it? or is it that you are putting in a fe instead of a 335 series engine?
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Re: Crown Vic IFS - Installation Complete

Postby rusty63 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:48 pm

Flyboy - great work on the lower rear control arm mounts! I think I'm going to follow your lead.

Fitzwell - I measured 12.5" from the ground to the frame just in front of the crossmember on my '04 CV donor before I stripped it down. Hope that helps you sort things out.

Fordman - the crossmember has mount points for the 4.6 engine and I've seen other engines adapted to tie the mounts into these points. On my '63, the 4.6 sits on the crossmember with about 5-6 inches to clear the firewall. I have to imagine you'd have that much room on a 67-72 as well.

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Re: Crown Vic IFS - Installation Complete

Postby papabug71 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:40 pm

VERY nice !! :pop:
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Re: Crown Vic IFS - Installation Complete (For Real)

Postby flyboy71 » Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:57 pm

I welded the boxing plates and added the aluminum bars under the frame rails for spacers. My dad thanked me for the bird nest of aluminum I left all over his drill press after I drilled the 3/4" holes in the 5/8" thick bar. :thup: Ok, now Im finished. :clap:

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Re: Crown Vic IFS - Installation Complete (For Real)

Postby 48prerunner » Sat Nov 20, 2010 7:39 pm

I don't know if you ever got the sway bar hooked up but found the measurements for it. From the center of the front hole on the sway bar bracket to the center front hole of the sub frame mount it's 5 1/4". The distance across from side to side is 32 5/16" Sorry no fancy CAD drawing :D
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Re: Crown Vic IFS - Installation Complete (For Real)

Postby shoestring » Mon Nov 29, 2010 10:35 pm

Just wanted to throw my two cents in. I like what you did for the trailing arms. My idea was borrowed from another and worked for me but yours seems to have done equally as well. One thing I did different is the frame is mounted straight to the crossmember without the 1/2 inch piece of metal stock you have between the frame and the crossmember. Oh and to shine it up look for wheel acid. Works great on aluminum but be careful on metal because it will rust almost immediately. I don't remember who asked but I am putting the 2005 motor and transmission in mine and am still working on the wiring and fuel system.
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Re: Crown Vic IFS - Installation Complete (For Real)

Postby flyboy71 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:35 am

That looks really sweet. What is this wheel acid you speak of? That really did wonders on the aluminum.
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Re: Crown Vic IFS - Installation Complete (For Real)

Postby aaronb » Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:41 am

looks nice im going to have to do the same swap

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Re: Crown Vic IFS - Installation Complete (For Real)

Postby ddunaway » Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:27 pm

Can you tell me the distance between the front bolt of the cross member and the real bolt of the sway bar?
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Re: Crown Vic IFS - Installation Complete (For Real)

Postby mkpj1 » Thu Dec 02, 2010 6:20 pm

Got Lettuce? :evil:

Amazing work Jeff! Disregard my jealously above. Love the thread and keep it coming! Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Re: Crown Vic IFS - Installation Complete (For Real)

Postby flyboy71 » Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:01 pm

Thanks! Im happy to see others adding to the thread with their installs too. The more info and ideas the better for all. Mine is pretty much in but I wont get to cleaning it up and doing the rest of the frame work till the permafrost melts sometime in like June. :lol: Im working on body work now since its too cold in my garage to paint. I agree keep the installs coming. :fr:
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Re: Crown Vic IFS - Installation Complete (For Real)

Postby 48prerunner » Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:16 pm

ddunaway wrote:Can you tell me the distance between the front bolt of the cross member and the real bolt of the sway bar?

From the center of the front hole on the sway bar bracket to the center front hole of the sub frame mount it's 5 1/4". The distance across from side to side is 32 5/16" (I'll have to check that 3/5" maybe a typo) :? Yeah it was its 5 1/4

Hey Jeff I hear you on the cold didn't start the wood stove up today and i could just pick up the steel i was cutting off the chop saw. I've started my c notch for the rear, but I think I'm going to run a 9" I have with the brakes off the explorer rear, If i have my measurements right think I can use 94-04 mustang wheels in the rear but not sure as I don't have a bed on yet.
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