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    Posted: 30-March-2009 at 10:49AM
I have read numerous times on the internet that the 1972 Torino frame eventually evolved into the 1979 Panther chassis, ie the LTD/Crown Victoria. I have owned a Panther car, and the frame defintiely look similar in design. However, there are major differences, like the lower control arms on the front end, and the rear suspension setup. The chassis are similar in dimensions, two-door Torino's 114" wheelbase, Vics 114.3" wheelbase and both cars are around 79" wide. And some parts are similar between cars (ie shocks).

Does anyone know if these frames are related? If so, other than suspension, was there any other changes made? Anyone ever though of swapping a modern CVPI frame under a Torino?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-March-2009 at 11:39AM

I haven't a clue. But if it worked I'd be doing it.

 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-March-2009 at 12:08PM
Not at all,ford changed the steering system to reduce understeer that was common with galaxies from 65 to 78 and torinos t birds from 72 to 79.Almost everything is in metric not the inch system. If some things interchange it is by chance.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-March-2009 at 12:13PM
I just forgot I would love to fit in a rack and pinion off the crown vic on a torino.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-March-2009 at 2:54AM
Right, I forgot about the steering difference between the two cars. Like I said, I had heard the frames were similar on the internet, but had actually seen a reputable source to suggest this. It'd be interesting to compare the chassis dimensions of the two cars though.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-March-2009 at 6:07AM
When did the CV go to a R&P steering setup?
I know through 2002 they were a god old fashioned steering box setup, although with the CV late model stuff, they are a front steer.
I am on the crown vic forum, but I don't hit them up alot, onl when i am looking for specific things...can't think of the forum's address. like crownvic.net or something.
 
The front frame son the vics have more pronounced drop...they are really channeled like the Torino in front and back.
I have frame charts at home, as I have on and off thought it would be interesting to drop a GTS body on the crown vic, and rebody the lower half of a sport using the CV panels.
Then again, I also want to run it with a carbed 5.4 with a t56 6 speed and yes, side pipes.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-March-2009 at 10:09AM
 Crown Vics went to rack & pinion steering in 2003. Also has a modified strut type suspension. Weird offset on the wheels though, they look like FWD type wheels.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-March-2009 at 1:43PM
Interesting...I did not know that.
Well, fun part is, you can fit mopar 17" steelies on the crown vics according to the guys over on the forum...and I was right about the site:
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-April-2009 at 5:19AM
I've also heard that the frames were similar. My friend has a '91 crown vic he's gonna give me when it dies. I wanna pull the 4.6l and 4r70w and stick them in my maverick. I thought it would be nice to have all the modern suspension and braking that comes with the police packages and the fact that it accepts modular engines and stick it under the GTS. I would not think that it would be a bolt in sort of affair but it shouldn't be to hard to moddify it to work. The only problem I am encountering is his piece of crap crown vic won't die.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-July-2009 at 9:15AM
Resurecting this thread w/ new ideas that I stumbled upon.
 
 
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