Enthusiasts How to Swap a Cop Car Frame Under an F-100 Pickup

18:45  22 march  2017
18:45  22 march  2017 Source:   HOT ROD

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This is becoming a popular swap: putting 2003-and-newer Crown Victoria frames under older vehicles, especially pickups. There are several reasons for this. First, starting in 2003, the fullsized fords (Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Lincoln Town Car) all had rack-and-pinion steering and a coilover-style spring and shock assembly. For several years, they even had cast-aluminum lower A-arms. The entire assembly bolts to the frame, so it's that much easier to remove these components as a unit from a donor car and graft them onto an older vehicle, instantly giving it better suspension geometry, (relatively) big disc brakes, sealed-hub wheel bearings, and a modern, quick-ratio steering system. Second, the donor cars—Ford's Panther Platform—are everywhere. We can't go to a single junkyard in SoCal without tripping over about a dozen used police cars and taxis. Third, the components are tough. Designed for police work, the parts will take a beating. Fourth, replacement parts are cheap and can be found anywhere.

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We weren't the only members of the enthusiast media who heard of the Panther Platform swap. Hot Rod Garage stars Tony Angelo and Lucky Costa got the idea by talking with fans at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Doing some additional research, they discovered the wheelbase for a Crown Victoria and an early F-100 shortbed pickup are nearly identical, so they hatched the plan to swap the entire frame and drivetrain from a retired cop car to an F-100 they purchased locally. The result is a really cool shop truck that combines the awesome looks of an old car with the modern underpinnings of a new vehicle. It rides, corners, and stops like a Crown Vic, which is actually better than you may think. The last generation of these cars was far removed from the luxo-barges of the 1970s, and longtime Car Craft readers will remember we had our own Panther Platform project car: a 2003 Police Interceptor we bought at an auction and turned into a fun, reliable, and stealthy street machine.

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Tony and Lucky performed the frame and body swap over the course of three episodes of Hot Rod Garage that are available on Motor Trend OnDemand. In the process, they decided on a name for the project: "The Crown Hick." Watch the videos and read our ongoing coverage of this cool pickup.

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Will the Jeep Wrangler Pickup Look Like This? .
<p>Unofficial renders preview first Jeep truck in 25 years</p>The front end should look familiar, as it's based on the Wrangler Unlimited renderings JL Wrangler Forums did earlier this year. Those renderings were based on leaked CAD drawings of the Wrangler Unlimited, so the front end probably isn't far off from production. The rest of the rendering is based on test mules we've seen in spy photos and the forums' own insider info. The creators have heard that the pickup variant, codenamed JT, won't have the same scoop behind the fender as the standard Wrangler, so that element is missing in these renders.

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