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If the 1956 Crown Victoria Top Were Built Today,

Would It Be Like? Ford Do it So We Will.

The ‘56 version of the “full Ford was a nice upscale when optioned out with the roof, up-market interior, paint, continental kit, steel trim and a V8. Today the car be considered a bit garish — a ‘50s of “Pimp My Ride.”

(The ad is for the 1955 version.)

What Ford have done if it the Glass Top Crown Vic today?

Our project and show car will try to out.

In CNW’s various studies, one clear and significant is the “cruiser” complete with sound systems, room for custom wheels and low-profile as well as a whole host of suspension, exhaust and power add-ons.

So we asked ourselves: Can the Top Crown Vic be resurrected in a modern package still bearing the name and picking up some of the found on the ’56?

The Starting

We figured the best place to would be with a 2006 Crown Victoria which we from Tower Ford in Bay, Oregon. Best for being a cop car or a taxi, the latest of this full-size sedan is quiet, solid riding and fuel efficient with numbers of 23 mpg city, 28 mpg highway.

In the above, we’ve already out the cheezy wheel covers for Motegi wheels and deep-dark the windows.

Most police and cab love the Crown Vic because it is bullet proof (no pun intended). of repair and maintenance along a solid front-engine/rear-drive configuration and construction makes 300,000 almost seem like a in Central Park.

With “pop” from the 4.6L V8, through its single exhaust, our model lacks any bumper or trim and comes with cheesy wheel covers. handles are black as are the exterior lacking the chrome accents on the upscale versions of the Crown.

The dove gray cloth is plush and provides seating for six its front bench seat. the driver’s side seat is but both front seat recline just like 1950s Ramblers.

The sound is decent with six speakers, CD / combination and an aftermarket XM radio.

The paint is nicely done, applied and among the most colors for any type of car or truck While two-tone combinations common in the ‘50s, we elected to with silver to remain

What’s the Ending Point?

The vehicle should have the key of a slightly modified 1956 Vic including a modern version of a top, tuck and roll a hint (not a slather) of steel and other parts and that would have the original Glass Top as being customized.

We scoured some of the Victoria web sites for a sample or two of we want to go with our Project Vic and up with a few examples that hints. Here are some of the we especially like.

The red and white CV is modified and includes lake silver headlight covers. are worthy, in some modern of being mimicked.

The Canadian of the day was tri-tone and very sharp. It has a stainless accent on the lower fender that’s worthy of again in a modern format.

The and white CV was a great color giving that sporty with a classy stance.

many have continental tire kits like one, that’s impractical for our The 2006 CV hardly needs its elongated with bumper

Since we aren’t intending to our CV two or three tone, the white top below shows off the basic shape, also without a kit. Clean and classy “Pimp My Ride” overtones. take ours a bit further,

Note, too, the badging the Crown Victoria scrip on the door (above the side various V8 emblems and the “official” badge of the day on the hood.

Also in the top photo the location and size of the signals which could be with driving lights on our version.

Step One: The Roof

For the updated version of a top Crown Vic to work, we needed to a glass top. Nothing be as important to the final project this feature.

We scoured the went to auto shows the Detroit extravaganza) and generally left less than Most sunroofs today are for small cars and on our Crown Vic look like port rather than a true top worthy of this project.

in April we ran across an announcement of a new from Inalpha. Labeled a model, it was shown installed on a 300c.

With two glass — each measuring 24 inches x 32 inches wide — it provided a moonroof-style top covering both the and front seats. The large would make for great driving. (

A call to the Michigan company resulted in trepidation, however. The Crown Vic has a curved roof (while the is generally flat) and the panorama was designed mostly for sport vehicles.

Additionally, no one had ever this sunroof model in a CV

But that’s half the fun of project Doing something different. this was the best option in the to capture the glass roof of the ’50s CV.

Installing the Sunroof

a few calls to Inalfa, we were to one of two installers in Oregon.

Tracy, the of Rose City Sunroofs, has an installer for more than a years. He’s a one-man (not counting family who assist with the usual tasks such as bookkeeping) sunroof repairs and installations for dealers as well as general

In his Portland, Oregon shop he with a race-car tech, juggles installations, phone repairs and walk-in customers information or an annual sunroof-hardware He does it with efficiency and attention to detail.

After him work on a new Suzuki SUV from a dealership, it was obvious he not only his way around sunroof installations but has headliner re-construction and fabrication looks as good, if not better, what the factory installs.

The Roof Evaluation

While the installment will show the installation process, a summary of the product is worth noting

The interior appearance is fantastic. up from either the front OR seat is truly, as the product’s implies, panoramic. Anyone who has a moonroof will feel he or she is looking through an artillery … after seeing the Victoria’s Inalfa unit.

The half of the top slides back ease above the rear This “top slider” eliminates the loss of headroom in most modular in-ceiling

The switch is simple and allows the or passenger to adjust the opening to an number of positions for venting or open-air driving. Unlike Inalfa sunroofs, though, it have a computerized auto-close

Because of the highly curved of the project CV, Tracy had to install additional bracing and adjustments to the two glass panels align closed. Even with a effort, the front glass a 16th of an inch higher the rear glass, but nothing we live with. With applications often comes

This was one we were more willing to accept especially we have a plan for the sunroof More on that later.

The two sun are similar to window shades, from front to middle in the panel, rear to middle in the We would have preferred the shade be stored in the center and forward. It is somewhat awkward to to latch the shade closed reaching behind you while

The installation box should also with a template showing the roof curvature the panorama will fit comfortably. The CV is at the outer

The exterior mounting of the glass makes great sense for the it was intended for. The nicely and high quality material for the framework would be invisible to other than passing 18 On the CV, however, it is easily visible.

not offensive, it looks added on we will disguise with steel trim in a later of the CV project.

This didn’t to bother folks, though. At a for gas, the kid at the pump was so enthused the roof he summoned other to take a look. They poked, stared upward inside and were totally in awe of the of the sunroof and installation.

It should be that all of these kids big into the cruiser market everything from older to mid-70s Chevrolets.

Another at the local Harley-Davidson dealership had the result with a steady of employees and customers coming to the lot to take a gander at the installation.


Anyone interested in this sunroof MUST a competent installer who is capable of adjustments and has the patience to do it right, circumventing the Inalfa printed instructions.

This is not an amateur, or apprentice installation. Tracy is Very good. And he took 9 hours over a day and a half to the sunroof and rebuild the headliner.

this was his first attempt, but with experience installing the roof he isn’t likely to off more than an hour.

we are extremely happy with the Aside from those annoyances mentioned, we are on the way to building a Glass Top Crown Vic.

PART 2 — Side

Some 50 years ago, pipes were common on production vehicles. On our throw-back of the Glass Top Crown Victoria, lake pipes would pretty thin and not give the far 2006 version of this product enough low-down

We turned to Bruce’s Street ( ) for help with of a newer version of the side He did his usual masterful job spending the to engineer the exhaust so it maximized clearance under the vehicle tucking under the door

As with our MGV8 project, does more than install pieces. He thinks the engineer he is and makes certain all the work properly.

In this he fabricated the under-car pipes for distance from header to pipes, maximum ground (nothing is lower than the oil and braced (in rubber) the attachments for a installation.

Besides a great the Crown Vic now has that Ford V8 that gives you tingles.

a look at the exhaust as it was installed the under-panel blacked out yet.

single installation gives the Vic a whole new attitude. Besides a ground effects look to the its throating note is pure hot rod. Its a sound no tuner can get a Japanese job and simply screams Avenue.


That’s not to say the is intrusive. Actually, the Crown Vic is enough to keep the sound to the outside. At speed, the low-revving 4.6 V8 is calm and collected — and quiet, even with the exhaust.

But accelerate from a light or mash the gas and the small-block like thunder. One mean Very reminiscent of the good old when Impalas and Galaxies met at the Big Rd. traffic light in Birmingham,

Needless to say, some of the stock exhaust system had to be Thanks to the fact this is a car in an area without emission the dual exhaust system and low mufflers without the restrictions of converters adds horsepower to already strong small

While we wouldn’t recommend the mod to with a daily driver and smog checks, for anyone in a that looks the other way to shenanigans might find the in sound and fury to be good for heart rates a couple of notches.

One drawback: Again, is a show car, so understand not flaunting this modification in the of the law, but we have to put up with the Engine light being It was necessary to remove two of the four sensors. We could reinstall the in the side exhaust and chip it so wouldn’t read a rich but for our show-only purposes it wasn’t

We did keep all of the hardware so re-installing the exhaust system is a matter of a few

As with the sunroof, we recommend installation be done by someone who is at more than simply on the system. There’s a fair of cutting and welding necessary to do it

Could Ford do the installation on an CV cruiser special? No doubt. enough people buy the option to it worthwhile?

Just ask the guys (of there hundreds of thousands) who such shows as Pinks and My Ride if a large sedan attitude is of interest. We did and the answer was a yes.

Next up: Adding graphics. Return soon.

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