|This page will show the restoration of my 1966 F-100 Pickup.
Like the truck, this page is under construction...
|First goal was to remove this twin-I-beam front suspension. They are tough as nails but are not very good at cornering or going straight down the road. NO disc brakes and NO sway bar and NO rack & pinion.
This contraption looks like it came off something a horse would be pulling...
|The frame crossmember was removed to make way for the new front end assembly.
The truck will receive a complete crossmember from a 2003 Crown Vic police car.
|There are only 17 holes in each frame rail where the old crossmember came out. Luckily things are symmetrical and it was easy to maintain the location of the centerline of the front axle in relation to the frame. The two holes close together are equally spaced from the centerline.|
|The Crown Vic frame rails are the same width as the 66 F-100 truck! The crossmember bolts on with 4 bolts and then some brackets must be fashioned for the lower control arm rear bushings. This was the first mock-up to see how things would fit.
Crossmember with rack is from 2003 or newer Crown Vic or Town Car or Mercury Marquis.
|The crossmember has aligment pins right on the axle centerline, exactly 31.5" center to center. Holes were drilled into the frame so the pins could fit in. Then 3/4" schedule 40 pipe was used for vertical members to keep the 5/8" bolts from crushing the frame when tightened. A stack of four washers under the upper mounts made it fit the truck frame perfectly.
Sway bar will be bolted to the bottom of the frame.
The steering linkage from the CV is almost perfect to mate up to the Ford van tilt column I will be using.
With the 2003 Mustang 17x8 wheels (5.72" backspacing) installed, the track width to the outside of the tire is exactly the same as the track width of the original front end with a 15x7 wheel, when the bulge of the tire is included. 17" tires have almost no sidewall bulge, so this will be a perfect fit.
I will be installing a rear end from a 1981 F-100 pickup truck. The 81 F-100 has a CAR bolt pattern to match the Crwon Vic's 5 on 4.5" pattern. It is alot wider than the stock 66 rear axle, but with late model 17x9" wheels the track is exactly the same width as the front wheels. It all clears the quarter panels by 1".
|More to come. Stay tuned...|
|The following pics added 6-3-2011.|