How to turn a Crown Vic into a Miata fighter for just $2000? | Video

https://www.youtube.com/embed/TaJZGMR-JDY

Panther chassis” and “agility” might not be found in the same sentence very often, but when it comes to the overall winner at this year's $2000 Challenge, an agile Grand Marquis is exactly what nabbed the top spot.

Granted, almost all of the car’s parts and chassis were heavily modified and stuffed underneath an old Bradley GT kit car shell, but the end result is pretty amazing. Presented by CRC Industries.

Learn more about the $2000 Challenge at 2000challenge.com.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/4/21 3:34 p.m.

Love the dorifto drone shot. 

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
11/4/21 3:46 p.m.

This is so awesome. This may be the first time hearing my own voice doesn't make me want to scream.

 

Stampie
Stampie GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/4/21 5:37 p.m.

Brad looked real good in the autocross videos.  First chance I got to watch it run.

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa PowerDork
11/4/21 6:14 p.m.

In reply to bobzilla :

Oh come on.  You made good talk with your facehole.

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
11/4/21 6:41 p.m.

In reply to Mr_Asa :

My Facehole isn't used to being so coherent. Kudos to video editing. They made me look smarted. 

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/4/21 7:02 p.m.

The exhaust note on that just hits the sweet spot. 

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
11/5/21 7:09 a.m.

I've seen some awesome challenge builds but this is the first time I've seen such a wild rearrangement of mostly the stock components - and it works so well!  One of my faves for sure!

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
11/5/21 7:28 a.m.

In reply to captdownshift (Forum Supporter) :

Agreed. It screams mullet

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/5/21 9:14 a.m.

In reply to captdownshift (Forum Supporter) :

Totally does. 

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
11/5/21 9:31 a.m.

Bob, You did a great job of speaking on camera.  Most I noticed that you spoke slowly, and that's good.  Typical for this type of interview is that everyone has so much you want to say that the words get rushed out.  

 

I have a follow-up question and that has to do with the drive shaft and the rear diff.  With the offset engine, I had figured that the placement of the rear diff is offset too, but, I pulled this screen shot off the video.  In that screen shot, it looks like the diff is still in the center of the rear axle.  Is that just because the cutting had not happened for the rear yet?  This picture shows no driveshaft yet.  Or, is the driveshaft ultimately angled?  How does the trans meet the rear end?  

gumby
gumby GRM+ Memberand Dork
11/5/21 10:18 a.m.

In reply to John Welsh :

That 5mins is Bob's Readers Digest of my previous 40min off-camera verbal diarrhea. He owned it!

The screen grab is before the rear axle got chopped. We adjusted the right side tube to fit an axle shaft from a first generation Ranger which is ~8" shorter but uses the same spline and outer bearing.

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
11/5/21 10:18 a.m.

So the passenger side axle tube and shaft were snagged from a first generation Ranger 4WD. I was about 6" shorter. We used a 3" spacer on the drivers side to push the axle another 1.5". The final angle was pretty shallow all said and done.

 

You can see it better here:

gumby
gumby GRM+ Memberand Dork
11/5/21 10:46 a.m.

In reply to bobzilla :

Pinch poke, you owe me a Coke

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
11/5/21 10:50 a.m.

In reply to gumby :

but I provided a photo.

nocones
nocones GRM+ Memberand UberDork
11/5/21 11:04 a.m.

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