Saturday, May 14, 2011

Crown Victoria Suspension Installation

I worked today at installing the Crown Victoria suspension crossmember in the pickup. The plan is to run the bolts through from the bottom to 3/4" bar stock on top of the frame rail. The factory system on the Crown Victoria wasn't quite this stout, but it's ok to overbuild a little. I may also box the frame around the crossmember to give it a little more support since it's the attaching point for the engine and the whole of the front suspension. There are also crush tubes around the bolts. My Dad is a machinist, so he made the parts for me out of some steel I bought at Metal By The Foot. I told him the wrong size on the rear crush tubes, so I'll have to take them back up to the shop and face a little off of them to get them to slide easily under the rails.

After this crossmember was installed, the frame became so much more rigid. I need to fabricate a mount for the trailing section of the lower control arms and apparently I've lost one of the nuts that holds screws onto the bolts on top of the crossmember.


  1. Hey David,

    I've been following your blog for awhile now and I'm now joining you in the restoration process. I'm hoping to pick your brain a little do you think you could email me?

    Either way I'm enjoying your blog and truck progress thanks
    zdsquared at

  2. Hi, My name is Brian and I'd like to speak with you about your blog, please email me at your earliest convenience.

  3. Hi Dave, my name is tony B, I enjoyed looking at your blog, I'm getting ready to do my cv swap on my 66 f100, my question is how do you find centerline for the new cv suspension ? You can email me at thank you