Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
1/11/21 12:04 p.m.

Why a Mustang body on a Crown Victoria? Forum member Geofordman explains it this way:

The first question I usually get is why a Crown Vic? The short answer is because they're cheap! Let's look at what it takes to build a classic Mustang to drive nice, look cool and handle, we are going to want 4 wheel disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, a trac loc diff, fuel injection, overdrive trans, etc. We are also going to want to stiffen the chassis and get rid of any rust issues. Well we just racked up a $100,000 build! The CV offers us all of this plus, 31 spline axles, ABS brakes, variable ratio steering and a full frame all for about $2500! Do I have your attention? I thought so. The only drawback is how wide it is. The answer is fender flares! If you dig roadracey style Mustangs then you're a candidate for a Crown Vic chassis swap!

TL;DR? Because it’s an inexpensive way to put modern handling in a classic Mustang.

So, how exactly do you get a Mustang to fit over a Crown Victoria frame? It’s not easy—and you’ll have to get the full details from the build thread over on the Builds and Project Cars Forum—but, to quote Geofordman yet again, “A person with a mig welder and a Sawzall can build it with enough time and ambition.”

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