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speed06
Dirt Full Roller

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posted April 22, 2005 09:55 PM  
I a building a hobby stock with a ford crown vic front stub, my problem is I notched the frame to set the engine back and to clear the oil pan, when I put the engine in the car the center link hits the oil pan, has anyone had this problem before? what can be done to fix it? can you reshape the center link (bend it away from the crossmember)?

Tbird Racer
Dirt Roller

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posted April 24, 2005 06:24 PM  
are you using a uni-body frame? do you have any pictures?

Busch
Dirt Full Roller

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posted April 24, 2005 06:27 PM  
Raise the engine and the rear weight in the car you will love the results.

Busch
Dirt Full Roller

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posted April 24, 2005 06:28 PM  
Raise the engine and the rear weight in the car you will love the results.

Busch
Dirt Full Roller

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posted April 24, 2005 06:31 PM  
By the way what you will see is an increase in side bite and the way that the car rolls through the corner.

speed06
Dirt Full Roller

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posted April 24, 2005 08:02 PM  
no it was a full frame 85 crown vic I cut it off at the bend and the rest of the car is 2x3 tubing.

J3
Dirt Maniac

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posted April 25, 2005 03:21 AM  
Well it depends, what motor are you putting in it? 302? or 351? With the 351, you have to buy a 5 quart oil pan for a fox body car. Then you can not use a high vol oil pump, cause pan won't clear the pump. This is a double sump pan, small in front and large in rear. Also have to have the long pick up tube, a standard 351 tube will not work. You can get this from summit or jegs for about 150 bucks. Or, if you want to run a 7 quart pan, you have to buy a racing pan for around 300 buck or so. Hope this helped.

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Originally posted by speed06:
I a building a hobby stock with a ford crown vic front stub, my problem is I notched the frame to set the engine back and to clear the oil pan, when I put the engine in the car the center link hits the oil pan, has anyone had this problem before? what can be done to fix it? can you reshape the center link (bend it away from the crossmember)?


Tbird Racer
Dirt Roller

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posted April 25, 2005 07:54 PM  
sounds like a neat project. were did you get the idea and plans to do this project?

jesup76
Dirt Roller

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posted April 25, 2005 10:18 PM  
I had the same problem on a 73 mustang with rear stear. We took a 7 quart racing pan and cut about 3 inches off of the pan rewelded and it worked fine.
Blaine

fordstreeter
Dirt Roller

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posted April 26, 2005 06:20 AM  
I have a 79 crown vic with a351w and a7qt kevco pan (dual sump) and all i did was put the center link in the press and straighten it out it lasted six years and no sign of fatigue yet. hope this helps
Jay

speed06
Dirt Full Roller

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posted April 26, 2005 07:01 AM  
Well, I put the center link in a press like you said and straightened it, looks like it will work out just fine.

Tbird, I have allot of design time into this project, I actually copied the design off of a camero that I had, I made all the modification for the crown vic. I have most of it in a CAD drawing so I can replicate it again if I want to.

Tbird Racer
Dirt Roller

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posted April 26, 2005 07:08 PM  
that sounds cool. i've been running fox body t-birds. that crown vic sound like a good project. i wouldn't mind getting a copy of those plan. if that was cool

ispin
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posted May 03, 2005 09:53 AM  
I run a 94 crown vic frame and a 351w had the same problem with a double sump pan. my two options were a van mid-sump pan, sucked air at high rpm, or a moroso double sump 9qt pan with the front sump drain plug changed to a pipe plug. part number is on moroso website.

    

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