Oops, long day, maybe a Mod can fix the title for me.
Wife was wanting a project rod to have for herself and we found this gem at the Goodguy's KC swap meet. Bought her, rented a truck and trailer since we were 250 miles from home in a car. sept 1
Last edited by fabmandelux; 11-23-2012 at 07:52 PM.
Reason: Title change per PO's request.
developed a plan after quite a bit of research. 95 Lincoln Mark VIII engine, and rear suspension donor, 00 Mustang T45 5sp, 05 Crown Vic front suspension. Started on the build Sept 12 by tearing down the Lincoln which was the most complicated engine removal I've ever attempted. Blocked up the truck on stands and mock the front suspension up under the truck and decided it wasn't for us. Tires were pushed out too far to get the truck as low as I wanted.
So After being to it wouldn't work, I narrowed the crossmember 6.125" which is how much narrower a Mustang rack is than the CV rack at the tierod pivots.
Built notched sections for each side of the front of the frame, welded them in then cut the old sections of frame out and fully boxed the frame front to back of the cab.
Wife did the majority of the cleaning of the engine, trans, suspension, firewall, frame, etc....
After pondering the rear frame situation and the condition of the frame being pretty rough from rust and the rear cross member was bent from it being stuck. I decided it would be simpler with better results to cut it off and start from scratch.
rear air bag stand/spacer
custom fuel tank built by one of my best friends Blake Hughes owner of 417Motorsports.net custom fab shop specializing in modernizing older cars and latemodel custom turbo fabrication. Tank mounts on drivers side between frame and driveshaft, filler goes through floor behind seat and connects to stock cab filler neck.
80 Freightliner air tank and compressor under passenger side out floor.
Water neck mods
Originally was going to powder coat the frame but decided it was going to take too much turn around time I didn't have. So my buddy Shawn and I etch primed and Duplicolor bed coated it. Not sure I'm going to be happy with cleaning it up after road dirt gets on it, but it's tough.
Wilwood pedals/masters, speedway proportioning valve, biodo line lock, manual hydro lock on rear brakes for parking, stock CV front brakes on both ends. Pedals have bias adj. rear master is 1/8" larger than front and proportioning valve, the combo of all 3 should have plenty of adjustment.
Airlift front air shocks
Tilt column and fabbed shifter out of 47 ford 2ton shifter
Ride height pics
Should set 8"to 9" from rocker to ground. Headers are Pacesetter 96-00 Cobra longtubes w/v-bands, titanium ceramic coat and we heated them up and tweaked them a little. Dolphin gauges
and Ez-wire main harness, 88-98 Chevy bench seat, aftermarket air. All new glass and interior trim parts from LMC which has awesome customer service. painting the interior medium gray and leaving the exterior paint as is. Stainless exhaust all the way out the back with a custom defuser.
I myself have been a Chevy hotrod guy mostly because they are cheaper to make fast. Although me and my family have always had Ford work trucks, because hey they're built Ford tough. Wife and I fell in love with the bodystyle after seeinga 57 at Branson Summer Cruise painted like a retired Sinclar gas station truck, white with green slammed with a late efi 460
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