Part 2: The Finishing Touches

We began with a Part 1 of the Team321 Crown Vic swap setup into our current F-100 BG project build out at i95 Motorsports in Florida. We went through the benefits and ease of install on swapping a Crown Vic independent front using the Team321 kit, and we got through most of the heavy lifting of the front-end swap. But before we jump into buttoning up the swap for Part 2, let’s review some of the benefits and features of this complete setup.

Team321’s front setup is designed with a weld-in steel crossmember to mount the crown Vic suspension components—including control arms, knuckles, bearings, brakes and sway bar links. Due to the narrowed track width, you can’t use the factory sway bar or steering rack. And this is not a cut/weld of the factory Crown Vic crossmember. Team321’s Narrow Crown Vic crossmember is a purpose-built crossmember that fits the F-100 frame with no modifications. Team321 offers this setup in two packages: the base package includes the crossmember, upper control arms, all mounting hardware and sway bar; the complete suspension package adds the lower control arms, steering rack, coilovers, knuckles, steering tie rods and sway bar links.

The narrowed track width crossmember solves a variety of issues, like the increased wheel options and, beyond the benefits of narrowing the track width, the crossmember is designed for mounting coilovers, which opens up an endless selection of spring rates and allows for fine tuning of the ride height. For those looking for air, Ridetech Shockwaves can also be used. The steering rack is sourced from a Lincoln Mark 8, and brake options begin with factory Crown Vic disc brakes and include 14-inch or larger Wilwood options. Motor mount options include small block and big block Ford V-8s, Ford Mod motors and Coyote V-8s while adding more selections as customers request them.

Moving on to Part 2 of the installation, we jump in and wrap up the steering, brakes and final adjustments before disassembly, final welding, and prime. Follow along for more F-100 suspension fun!

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Picking up where we left off. It was time for disassembly and final welding.

We removed the nut on the sway bar end link and holding the sway bar to the crossmember to be able to remove the sway bar.

Next, we removed the bolts holding the brake caliper in place and removed the caliper and rotor.

We used a temporary coilover place holder as we might still end up on air ride with this project, only time will tell!

We used a temporary coilover place holder as we might still end up on air ride with this project, only time will tell!

Next up for disassembly we unbolted and removed the rack and pinion.

Next, we unbolted and removed the upper control arms.

Moving right along, we unbolted the lower control arms.

Once stripped back down, you can really see the Team321 crossmember and how she looks tacked in place before final welding.

With the crossmember bare, we finalized all of the finish welding on the top, bottom and sides of the Team321 crossmember.


The crossmember was fully welded and ready for some color and final assembly.

Since we’re still undecided on A LOT of things for the final direction of this chassis and project (color, air ride, etc.), we decided to just spray some no-rust primer to protect the frame from the elements until we’re ready to blast for powdercoat.

After adequate dry time, we went through the process in reverse and reinstalled the rest of the Crown Vic gear back onto the crossmember.

…the narrrowed track width crossmember is designed for mounting coilovers, which opens up an endless selection of spring rates…

And here she is for now: the Team321 Narrowed Crown Vic crossmember fully installed and completed.

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