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Fomocosho
Dirt Maniac

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posted July 10, 2005 09:40 PM  
Im thinking about building a ford in a year or so. I want to start gathering parts as I find them. What frame is the best one it seems the mid 80's crown vic is the most popular. What years are the same for suspension parts? What year has the best rear suspension? I heard the 90's crown vic has a very good rear suspension setup. There are a couple fords around here in the stock car class and they are very fast.


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CUSTOMPERFORMANCE
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posted July 11, 2005 07:25 AM  
Early 80's to the late 90's all use the same frame except some of the later years use different spindles. They all use pretty much the same stock 4 link type of rearend. What has been popular around here if you dont have real good tech is to use a early 60's or 70's galaxie rear clip which is a 3 link with a panhard bar and the upper link is adjustable for pinion angle and all this is stock. Guys here have taken the crown vic fron stub and spliced the galaxie rear clip and put them together.

Fomocosho
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posted July 11, 2005 08:13 PM  
That sounds like a good idea. Our tech guys dont even look at the fords because they dont know what their looking at lol. When splicing the two frames together how do they line up width wise?

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racer17j
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posted July 11, 2005 08:16 PM  
Torino's have a full perimeter frame and work really good for racing.

CUSTOMPERFORMANCE
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posted July 12, 2005 04:10 PM  
frames are same width just splice at seam on the side rails where they meet the rear rails ahead of the rear tires. Shorten to your wheelbase desired.

ford5
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posted July 12, 2005 05:08 PM  
They are not exactly the same width, but close enuff that you can spread them a little and make it work.
I built one of these cars 5 years ago and it was very fast in comparison to the cars we were racing against at the time.

Donnie Ross
Dirt Freak

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posted July 12, 2005 07:40 PM  
might look for a 98 up crown vic in a city auction, forward facing 4 link rear, watts link, camaro style front geometry easy to shorten.

d4490
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posted July 16, 2005 08:46 AM  
Custom, I race a shortened 84 Crown Vic. What are some of the thing I can do to the front suspension to make the geometry better, ie bumpsteer, camber change, roll center. Or is the front suspension pretty good from the factory? What frame heaights should I run in the front? You use this style of fron clip on the modifieds you build, correct?

hjoe
Dirt Maniac

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posted July 19, 2005 05:30 PM  
find a 79-up ltd they have upper and lower control arms and use a trail arm rear like a metrice a am using one with a 94 t-bird body car works extremely well


bryanb30
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posted July 19, 2005 07:11 PM  
what about the later model mustangs? there is one here in street stock that SCREAMS ..

mike9
Dirt Full Roller

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posted July 20, 2005 06:57 AM  
I built a street stock for a friend using a 82 crown vic chassis shortened to 108 inch wheel base and put a 70 mustang fastback body on it it runs a 302 with a c4 in high gear and that car has got to be the best handling car i have seen it can go in deeper than any other car at this track and is a top running car with a smaller engine than the chevys

    

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