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Postby SmokeyBear » Thu Jul 20, 2006 2:11 pm

Something to thinkabout BTB. I'm considering the mod motor for my 70 and have almost made up my mind on lopping off the front end and grafting the frame of a car where a 4.6 already resides (a merc grand marquis to be exact because I already have one in the stable). That gives me a good stance with modern steering and suspension, a more popular 5 on 4 1/2 bolt pattern (I have the rear to match), and of course the proper mounts for the 4.6. I'm sure you've had your mind on your swap for a while so what do you think about this idea, and do you see any drawbacks?
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Postby pat67shorty » Fri Jul 21, 2006 4:34 am

I'll chime in. If the frame width matches... it would be like a volare clip on a 50's F-100. Using a 91+ panther platform clip will let you "upgrade" it with cop car parts.. and improve the handleing and braking if you use 98 and later parts.
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Postby ranger240 » Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:37 am

if you are looking for better than I-beam suspension, really cost effectiveness would be going with a TCI, or fatman front end. as they are already enginered for the frame, and no cutting would be involved. then you just weld in the motor mounts, and you're good to go. not REALLY that simple but it sure beats having to re-cut your frame and possibly making the wheelbase off, or out of square with the rear end. but if you want the hauling capacity, then a newer front end from a F-series would be a better choice in my eyes due to the fact that they already have aftermarket parts available for them.
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Postby SmokeyBear » Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:54 am

If we're talking "cost effectiveness" the merc would be the winner since I already have the complete running car and I can pick off it as needed. I am pretty good at fabrication and can run a welder so I don't think I'd have too much trouble there. The only thing that concerns me is the width differences in the frame. The car's frame is much wider than the truck's. The car's front end is approximately 48 inches wide whereas the truck's is only 34. I could run a boxed 2x4 section out to make the distance and reinforce it.
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Postby Big D's 69 » Fri Jul 21, 2006 12:12 pm

Would be a great plan but a lot of hard work and figuring to make it work.
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Postby 71 LONG BED » Fri Jul 21, 2006 12:58 pm

:off: That's a mighty big pic ya got there Smokeybear. :D
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Postby marz68 » Fri Jul 21, 2006 4:56 pm

Hey smokeybear the setup your talking about will work fine plus this is not going to be a work truck any more so you don't have to worry about it being a car suspension here is a picture that shows a frame that kinda looks like what you are talking about, go to www.ifcustom.com and look for the "cadimino" project for more pictures. This is what I think if you can cut it and weld it then it can be done.Image
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