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PostPosted: December 7, 2017, 10:59 am 
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SteveCanup wrote:
I have found a Jaguar IFS very reasonably priced and close by


Steve,

I'm curious, I'm assuming that the IFS is from a older XJ model Jaguar? how much work in involved in doing the swap? and I'd guess you are going to gain rack & pinion steering from the swap, sounds like a really cool project and can't wait to see it unfold.

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PostPosted: December 7, 2017, 12:43 pm 
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Jon,
The IFS from '79-86 XJ6 and XJ12 slide right in between the frame rails just like the crown vic does and there is some welding involved. I will gain even better ride and handling, further lowering and yes, rack and pinion steering. Also the possibility for 'bags' or air ride later....(that's a big maybe lol.) The straight axle rode and handled well, especially with all of the modifications that I did to it. But I have been wanting IFS since I acquired the truck. I love what you (and so many others) have done with the full chassis swap, but it's beyond what I have the time, funds, equipment, etc to do.

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PostPosted: December 7, 2017, 1:29 pm 
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SteveCanup wrote:
The straight axle rode and handled well, especially with all of the modifications that I did to it.


Cool..... the straight axle was one of the biggest deciding factors that pushed me towards a complete chassis swap, I'm old enough to have driven straight axle trucks back when I was a teenager and use to own a '76 F350 that was twin I beam (390 4 speed) that was my daily driver for about 10 years, never cared for the ride quality but was young enough to not care. Fast-forward and my lower back doesn't really enjoy a harsh ride anymore...lol

But the IFS sounds interesting to me as a option in the future especially from a Jaguar, around here the salvage years are selling the CV IFS units for over $400 and I had one guy tell me that they were shipping them west 4 to a skid as fast as they could get the cars in to remove them, so needless to say that along with what I'm doing (full chassis swap) has driven the CV prices beyond what I'm willing to pay....which is why the RM is up to bat! I also can't bring myself to cut up a car that is basically a perfect car, don't know why but I just can't do it.

So I'd assume you will also have to add a PS pump for the rack, what about the wheels? same pattern?

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PostPosted: December 7, 2017, 3:03 pm 
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Jon,
I haven't decided on the PS pump yet as I don't mind the manual steering. I will just have to see what I will have to fab up for that. I need to get out and look at the front of my 292 and see if there is any way to add a pump on. Eventually I want to install a 302 and T-5, but that may be another year at least. As for the wheels the Jag is 5x4.75 and the Ford is 5x5.5. I have already sourced a pair of 1" spacers that convert the lug pattern for $40. That is the route I am planning right now...especially since I just purchased 4 new wheels from Summit :wink: I don't want my wife to kill me....yet. I'm still waiting to hear from the guy about the IFS...I'm in Virginia and he is in NC. He said he would contact me as soon as he could pull one. I am hoping it is within the next few weeks (fingers crossed.) I am planning to photo the entire process and put it on here for posterity's sake....lol. I've read quite a bit on the install and it looks pretty straightforward to me.

Oh, here's a link to matt 2491's thread where he installed a Jag IFS to his '64: http://www.how-to-build-hotrods.com/f100.html
It's a great write up with good pics of how he did his. He made some brackets, which I not going to do, and bolted it in. Funny, but he still had to do some welding to accomplish what he did. I'm planning on welding the cradle right to my frame rails. I believe his article is hidden somewhere (page 1 I believe) in the "Hints and Tricks" section of this site.

Stay tuned....(somethings going to happen...I just don't know how soon....lol....)

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PostPosted: December 7, 2017, 3:08 pm 
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Jon...and anyone else interested,
I know that many do not like Facebook or Facebook groups...it that is the case, don't read any further....
Here is a link to a Facebook group that has some great info on the Jag IFS and IRS conversion... "Jaguar IFS and IRS Swap Group"
Just an FYI....or public service announcement.....or whatever....lol

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PostPosted: December 7, 2017, 3:14 pm 
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And here are some pics of a Jag install into a '57 F-100
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This looks very much like the Crown Vic install. The track width is almost exactly the same as the F-100...It is 1/2" difference...I can't remember if it is 1/2" wider or narrower.

Hope this helps...

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PostPosted: December 7, 2017, 4:10 pm 
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SteveCanup wrote:
here's a link to matt 2491's thread where he installed a Jag IFS to his '64


Thanks for the link....read through the whole thing and it was well worth it.

I wondered about the wheel spacing, it doesn't sound like it'll be a issue especially if it's narrower, you can always roll the fender lip to get a good inch or more of clearance..

BTW....pin stripe new? looks really nice, someone has a lot of talent.

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PostPosted: December 9, 2017, 11:52 am 
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Happy Holidays....Christmas and New Years that is. Took some random pics today, just because....
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Tried to write "Merry Christmas" on the windshield....the snow crumbled....anyway...
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