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Old 07-15-2012, 09:47 PM
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That plasma cutter chisel would have been nice, LOL

Many hours later and I got things cleaned up to the point of laying out the new suspension. Added some more photo's above. I also had to test out the 18" torque thrust that I had sitting around since I will have to change rims.
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Yeah going to need bigger rims to clear brakes on the vic. Think 17" or larger. I have 18" 2008 mustang bullitt wheels but I had to use a small spacer so they cleared caliper.
Here is a great link Jeff did when he put his in.
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Plasma cutter and air chisel makes taking out old crossmember pretty easy beats the drilling rivets out did that 20 years ago with my 37.

I'm also going to put a set of lowering springs in from eaton.
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why would you need such large rims? those things came for years with 15's on them.
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NOt much to report, just got the bolt holes all drilled. Welding should be next!!!
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why would you need such large rims? those things came for years with 15's on them.
In 2003 Ford changed the front suspension in the Crown Victoria to include rack & pinion steering & 12" rotors with dual piston calipers. In other words starting in 2003 the CV had 16" wheels. They are required to clear the calipers.

Pulling that crossmember is the funnest part of the job. I used the flaming wrench on mine. It was still a big pain. This swap has finally made it to dents. I love it. You will love how your truck drives & handles when you get this finished. Motor mounts are easy. Build plates for the side of the engine. Use 2x2 with a plate welded on the bottom with a bolt through it (for mounting to the CV crossmember). Weld another plate on the top & buy a couple trans mounts. Now just do what you need to do to use the trans mounts as engine mounts between the engine and the stalk you built off the crossmember.

If you want to play with the rear you can do an IRS. Check my thread for more info.
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elgemcdlf I have read through your thread quite a few times now, LOL

Just placed an order for a bunch of steering and brake components to get everything connected again.
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elgemcdlf I have read through your thread quite a few times now, LOL

Just placed an order for a bunch of steering and brake components to get everything connected again.
If you want to see an example of the motor mounts do a search for Fast58. He is in the Fridge section. I will go looking for his install & if I find it will post a link.

Here is his build thread. The motor mounts are on page 5.
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In 2003 Ford changed the front suspension in the Crown Victoria to include rack & pinion steering & 12" rotors with dual piston calipers. In other words starting in 2003 the CV had 16" wheels. They are required to clear the calipers.
I didn't know they changed it.. thought they were the same for years.
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I reflared my brake lines with the correct fitting and bubble flares my install and mounts are way easy to make I used a 4x4 square stock cut at the same angle as mounts from a 68 mustang with a plate welded to the bottom took all of 15 min to make and being mustang mounts there always available and 9 dollars each lol I'm frugal
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Heading out to start welding some stuff up. Should have a few more pictures in a little bit. Added two for now. Also a bunch of steering linkage parts showing up tomorrow so I can get that resolved along with the brake line adapters.


EDIT, got the sleeves welded in and put it all back to gether to check things out. Still have to box the frame connect brake lines/steering, and build some enging mount. But it's now attached to the frame!
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