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RTR Dave
Member
posted November 26, 2003 06:15 PM
I am actually thinking of doing this....86-late 90s Crown Victoria Front stub

They have a nice tall spindle, Long lower control arms, light front cross member and the bump steer looks decent. The ackerman looks suspect but I think I can correct it.

Anyone know of any real problems with these front ends....ie...steering box...can I get performance pads for the big Ford Calipers?

Has anyone out there built a car with a front end other than a metric a chevell,or a big chevy?

Just don't want to waste my time on a hopeless front end

Dave at RTR

superdave
Member
posted November 26, 2003 07:19 PM
This one has my name written all over it.

The one you want is the 80-91 crown vic and interchange frames. There have been tons of these as police cars so good brake pads are available. This is the same frame that the Sportmod was originally based on. Check out www.m-mmotorsports.com . They build mods on this frame. 8 million frames built between 80 ans 2002. Check out the parts store online for parts prices and you'll find the parts aren't any different than the other frames. I am looking at this same frame.

Good luck,
Superdave


ford5
Member
posted November 26, 2003 07:27 PM
i've been using this frame for 10 yrs now


RTR Dave
Member
posted November 26, 2003 08:11 PM
Please share your wealth of experiance on the front end. What is the steering box ratio...What did you do for the ackerman...what about the anti dive in the lower control arms...did you angle the frame to compensate...email me if you like

davertr@earthlink.net

I am looking at building my own mod this time, because I have some strange things I want to try.

I am even contemplateing building a 347 ford motor.

I am told I can take 40 lbs off the front end with it. Is that so?

Thanks for the help ya'll

Dave at RTR



iowaracer6993
Member
posted November 26, 2003 08:30 PM
quote:
Originally posted by ford5:
i've been using this frame for 10 yrs now

do u think any old mopar chassis work for modified

racer17j
Member
posted November 26, 2003 09:00 PM
pm customperformance he had built a few of um


i8uracing
Member
posted November 26, 2003 10:18 PM
do u think any old mopar chassis work for modified?


Since mopars have all been unibodies since the mid 60s, they don't make for good (read. legal) mods.


zeroracing
Member
posted November 26, 2003 11:20 PM
Yes I have built a few of these Ford framed mods . As a matter of fact just sold one to a team in New York state. it will be an improved version of the previous chassis.


ford5
Member
posted November 27, 2003 07:39 AM
RTR Dave, you can see my cars on the user pics, winners circle they are nos. 15, 5, 55, 16, they are all built on the vic stub, and i don't know if i would really have any thing else. around here they are plentiful and economical. i have various frontend setups, but mostly use pinto spindles, this year on my new car i am trying the taller stock spindle, it will gain a few pounds, i know, but i think i'll work around that. and i can always change later. i make my own custom top a arms and have a jig for them, the correct ball joint is a must tho. as far as the steering box, i use a stock one. these frames are very durable and not as heavy as everyone believes they are. i have a car here that is an early 90s mod that has countless laps on it and many wins, and it could still be reserected, if i wanted too, once you go this frame, you may never want to go back...........JMHO
GOOD LUCK ford5 and BTW the 347 will save you more than 40 lbs. its more like 80.......haha, your cg will be an inch lower too.


mechnic19
Member
posted November 28, 2003 05:50 AM
I'have been running a torino stub got it quite lite on the nose. decent bump steer and goin
on 3rd year in it. other than hard to find ,
whats the opinion on this stub? I have been a pack rat on the nose componets.pitman,idler,and centerlink purchased.(champion chassis, cedar rapids) any advice. positive or negitive?


iowaracer6993
Member
posted November 28, 2003 05:39 PM

would camaro chassis work good for late model or modified


quote:
Originally posted by CUSTOMPERFORMANCE:
Yes I have built a few of these Ford framed mods . As a matter of fact just sold one to a team in New York state. it will be an improved version of the previous chassis.



RTR Dave
Member
posted November 28, 2003 09:02 PM
can't use a camroe it is a unibody car. Modified rules won't allow it. a 77-79 cadillac has the same front geometry and same control arms but the frame is far too heavy

Dave at RTR

iowaracer6993
Member
posted November 29, 2003 07:27 PM


wouldnt a truck chassis work from any old truck doesnt really matter if it four wheel drive or two


quote:
Originally posted by RTR Dave:
can't use a camroe it is a unibody car. Modified rules won't allow it. a 77-79 cadillac has the same front geometry and same control arms but the frame is far too heavy

Dave at RTR




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