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1992 Ford Crown Victoria - The Rocket Couch

Chris Adams' Crown Victoria Proves That Speed And Comfort Don't Have To Be Mutually Exclusive.

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Tech Notes
Who: Chris Adams
What: '92 Ford Crown Victoria
Where: Culver City, California

Engine: The original 4.6 was lost to complications arising from valve float during chassis dyno tuning, so now Chris has a '99 block stuffed with a forged SVT Cobra crank, Manley H-beam rods, and JE 8.5:1 pistons. The heads are Ford 2V Power Improved, but they've been treated to porting and oversized valves. Stock 2V cams spin in the journals, though. He's got a full complement of ARP studs, Federal-Mogul bearings, and Fel-Pro gaskets.

Supercharger: The undeniable piece of eye candy under this Crown Vic's hood is the Paxton Novi 2000 supercharger, which Chris routinely spools up to the tune of 17 psi of boost. It breathes into a Vortech air-to-water intercooler and on to a Ford Bullitt intake manifold, reported to be the best-flowing 2V manifold Ford made. The throttle body is from Accufab and is one of those trick, oval section pieces. Chris needed to install twin Pierburg fuel pumps, Aeromotive fuel rails with an A1000 fuel pressure regulator, and Ford Racing 42-lb/hr fuel injectors to keep up with the blower's output. So what's the bottom line? How does 454 hp and 472 lb-ft at the wheels sound? Those numbers are good enough to propel this barge to 12.8-second quarter-mile times at 107 mph.

ECM: To ease tuning, Lonnie Doll of Blue Oval Chips converted Chris' car to an OBDII ECM. This also allowed him to run the later-model coil-on-plug ignition rather than the coil pack design of the early Mod motors. Tuning was done using SCT software.

Exhaust: Ford Racing's shorty headers fit the Crown Victoria's engine compartment with no problems. To them, Chris attached 3-inch Magnaflow cats, a custom cross-pipe, and a 3-inch exhaust system with turndowns after the Dynomax mufflers.

Transmission: Blue Oval Chips also does transmissions, and Chris has one of Lonnie's Stage IV 4R70W slush boxes with a 3,400-stall lockup torque converter.

Rearend: The car's stock 8.8-inch rear remains in place but has been augmented by a Ford Racing Traction-Lok differential with 4.10:1 gears and stock 28-spline axles.

Suspension: This car's got a perfectly wicked stance, and credit for that goes to the custom springs from Coilsprings.com. They drop the car 2 inches in the front and 1 inch in the rear. Competition Engineering adjustable drag shocks are at all four corners. He's running his own ADTR boxed rear control arms.

Wheels/tires: For some reason, the Weld Draglites just look right on this car. Those are 15x6-inch wheels up front, 15x8 out back. The front tires are Dunlop 205/70R15s. The rears are 275/60R15 Mickey Thompson ET Drag Radials.

Paint/body: The body is all stock, and the paint is the original Medium Cranberry Metallic.

Interior: This is mostly stock as well. Chris did a nice job integrating a few extra gauges in the spot where the center vents were. He swapped out the lame 85-mph speedo for a much cooler 140-mph police car unit. The front seats are Cobra Daytona Sports that were reupholstered to match the stock cloth by Goodfella's Rod & Custom in Camarillo, California, and he fitted a console from an '03 Mercury Marauder between the seats.

Thanks: Chris wants to give props to his dad, who got him into cars at an early age, Lonnie Doll at Blue Oval Chips, Jerry and Tana Wroblewski, and his supercool wife, Liz.

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