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Crown Vic Front Clip in a 48 Ford F1 Pickup?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Lugnutz, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. Lugnutz
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 56


    I'm redoing a 48 Ford F1 Pickup, and I have a chance to buy an 84 Ford Crown Victoria for a good price. It's a 302 and automatic. I'm thinking I might possibly be able to move the entire drivetrain over to my F1 (and replace the fuel injection with carbureutor of course). Here's my question. If I don't plan to drop the truck really low, could I possibly use the front clip and a portion of the frame from the Crown Vic, and weld it up to the F1 frame? I think the tracking is about right, but has anyone here done this before? Does anyone have any input as to what the good and bad to this might be? Is this just a stupid idea, or will it work?
  2. Lugnutz
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 56


    Ok, I see that 30 people have viewed my post here, but nobody has commented either positively nor negatively about this idea. Surely someone has done this before, or someone at least has a comment? I see alot about Camaro or Firebird front clip swaps, but why wouldn't this work?
  3. Crestliner
    Joined: Dec 31, 2002
    Posts: 2,977


    I would say the first thing is to check the width. A lot ot subframes are to wide and look like s--t.
  4. Notorious
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 394


    That's the trouble with Fords. They never used anything except their crappy unibodies in smaller cars. The only later car frame which might be a tad narrower would be the '72 and up Torino, (big) Cougars, LTDII, etc. Before '72, even the Torinos were unibody. I would certainly have to think that the later full size platform is going to be too wide for your truck. You might get away with it with wheels that are nearly completely offset inward, but I don't think you want that. There are some oil pan set-ups that would allow your engine to work well with a GM clip, if that later 302's pan is not compatible.
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  5. pimpin paint
    Joined: May 31, 2005
    Posts: 4,964

    pimpin paint
    from so cal


    first off- Are ya sure about the fuel injection in '84?
    Measure the track first, center of tire to center of tire.
    Measure and compare the frame rails of the Crown Vic to the
    pick up. You may have to step cut the Crown vic cross member
    to get it to fit. How much wider is the Crown Vic than the Pick up?
    maybe a pick up on a Crown Vic. frame?

    Swankey Devils c.C.
  6. Henry Floored
    Joined: Sep 18, 2004
    Posts: 1,370

    Henry Floored

    I would'nt do it. I'd look into an Aerostar front end for that truck. I helped a guy mount one once in a `50 F-1 and it worked well. If memory serves me correctly the `50 F-1 frame sat right down where the Aerostar frame rails once were. Did I mention that the whole assembly unbolts from the Aerostar. The biggest hurdles were mounting the upper A- frames on top of the F-1 framerails, and the Aerostar rack points up at about 60 degrees instead of back at 45 dgrees or so. No big deal really to modify the rack mount. IMO this would be a way better situation than cutting frame rails.
  7. George
    Joined: Jan 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,738


    I believe they had carbs through '85.
  8. spare parts
    Joined: Nov 25, 2006
    Posts: 38

    spare parts

    Lugnutz,Go to do a search on '48/'60 front suspension alternatives and chech out Part 4. It expains the crown vic swap.
  9. Lugnutz
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 56


    Thanks guys. I gained alot of useful info here. I'm not sure about the fuel injection. That's just what the guy who owns it told me, and I've never looked under the hood. Would be nice if it is carb fed. The ford-trucks site is really chocked full of good info. Thanks for that SpareParts. I never considered the Aerostar frontend swap, so I'll keep that in mind. I first thought I'd graft the F1 frame to a 1st or 2nd generation Camaro front-end, and I'm still thinking that may be the best way to go.
  10. JeffB2
    Joined: Dec 18, 2006
    Posts: 5,538

    from Phoenix,AZ

    Wrong,1984 & 1985 had TBI's they did have the same baseplate on the intake as a 2bbl .I have a '84 302 & AOD in my '54 Customline.
  11. Ole don
    Joined: Dec 16, 2005
    Posts: 2,914

    Ole don

    I have seen it done with a full sized Ford front, but the fellow said never again. I have a 52 F1 that I plan to build soon, I want to use a front from an Aerostar van. The width is right, it bolts on with four bolts, but to get the truck low enough, it may need to be Zeed. It has 10 1/4 inch discs, power rack, huge sway bar, all in one.
  12. Flat Ernie
    Joined: Jun 5, 2002
    Posts: 8,390

    Flat Ernie
    Tech Editor

    The front track width on the early trucks is quit narrow - something on the order of 57" or so...check the track width carefully.

    Yes, early '80s Ford luxo-barges were TBI...
  13. McKee
    Joined: Jul 22, 2005
    Posts: 1,195


  14. One word for your front suspension: Jaguar

    The Jag front clip is almost a bolt-in, and you will be down in the weeds without Z-ing the frame. Most 70-80's Jags are nearly free as the engines cost too much to mess with when things go bad, plus the bodies and electrical problems. The front suspension is a good design and is essentially self-contained unit that you can unbolt from the donor car. Oh yeah, they also have 5 on 4.75 GM bolt pattern for the wheels.
  15. EJ
    Joined: Dec 21, 2012
    Posts: 2


    What year of aerostar van do he use for the front end.
  16. n.z.rodder
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 1,016


    Why not use the original front end THAT"S what would be used in a pre-64 Hot Rod. With the parts available, new and used, it IS the only option 'round these parts.

  17. gasmanm01
    Joined: Nov 24, 2009
    Posts: 530


    i used a 3" dropped axle from sids, 2" reversed eye dropped monoleaf springs, original drum brakes and original sterring with a small block chevy and 5-speed. woks very well, over 5000 miles since june. i dont im=nderstand why any one would want to use oddball stuff that few have tryed. the jaguar is a good set up, the rest i have seen done and they dont look right, tires hit etc. mine is as low as i wanted it and can barley get a floor jack under it, but rides and handles very well, just my 2 cents.
  18. Why is it people can afford old cars, but not a tape measure ?
  19. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,138


    Also why do people post about stupid modern conversions on a traditional hot rod forum? So many unanswered questions.
  20. n.z.rodder
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 1,016


    Why not convert him round to our way of thinking?

  21. damagedduck
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 2,341

    from Greeley Co

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