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G Force Fan
Member
posted October 29, 2002 06:33 PM
I know there are alot of crown vic stubs being used now, but isn't there a lighter ford frame than the crown vic.


Tom Asmus
Member
posted October 29, 2002 07:57 PM
The only other Ford frame there is is the Torino Frame. I have used both and I like the Crown Vic frame better, Its tougher and the weight is pretty much the same!


CUSTOMPERFORMANCE
Member
posted October 29, 2002 11:12 PM
Yes the vic frame is sturdy and comparable to weight with a gm frame and i have built a few mods this way. Tom Asmus bought one and likes it.


CUSTOMPERFORMANCE
Member
posted October 29, 2002 11:14 PM
They havent made the torino type frame for many years verses the vic frame which has been made since about 1980 till present.


HRT187
Member
posted October 30, 2002 03:00 PM
Is the crown vic frame a standard double wishbone or does it have a tension strut like the Torino/T-bird frame?


techmaster35
Member
posted October 30, 2002 06:58 PM
go with the crown vic frame because torinos are getting hard to find and there is a million and one vics in the junkyard here in ohio. theye are double wishbone i believe


HRT187
Member
posted October 30, 2002 07:49 PM
How wide is the Crown Vic frame? Wider than a metric? (I would assume so)


CUSTOMPERFORMANCE
Member
posted October 30, 2002 09:53 PM
I am not at the shop right now but i do beleive the vic stub is close to 62" or 63" front track width and yes it is wider than the small mid metric GM frame. The frame is front steer and uses upper and lower control arms like the gm frames. Anymore questions feel free to ask.


HRT187
Member
posted October 30, 2002 11:21 PM
No I was just curious. I'm thinking about building my next chassis from the ground up. I was thinking either a B-body or g-body (metric) frame. But the metric is a little on the narrow side. I already have a metric and a Ford Torino. Thought I'd use one that is easy to find in the junkyards. Thanks for the info.


outlawstock17
Member
posted October 31, 2002 07:44 AM
did you guys know that a chevelle lower control arm will bolt on a crown vic frame?


Tom Asmus
Member
posted October 31, 2002 09:13 AM
Hey 17 what year chevelle? And what advantages are there with GM lower contrl arm?


outlawstock17
Member
posted October 31, 2002 02:12 PM
hey tom, '70 chevelle and others that use the same lower. i think they make the track wider on a crown vic. there's a guy around here building pro-stocks using them. i'll see if i can get some more info.


66jj
Member
posted October 31, 2002 09:03 PM
chevelle lowers and all gm are narrower, pavement late models have been runnig crown vic arms for years, they are 1 in wider than gm with stock bj. lefthander sells them for 110 with a welded in sleeve that widens them another half per side..

if you use stock lower ford bj with impala spindles hubs you have to cut away most of the outer lip to keep it off the rotor on the lf especially...

also to run ford lowers on a gm camaro you have to notch out the frame to clear at both mounts. they are arched more than gm and will bottom out after little travel.

also the upper spring wt jack needs to be moved out a inch. the spring will sit all bound up if you dont cus the tail of the spring at the bottom is opposite a gm.


also they will move the lower bj back exactly half an inch, (shortening wheelbase)so dont do just one side like everyone with a camaro does!!!!lol

JEFF