Ford Guys - 4.6 Modular Question

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My brother has an opportunity to pick up an '02 and '03 Crown Vic Police Interceptor from a local Police Dept. He's wondering if the 4.6's in them are any different than a regular 4.6.
 
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From Wiki It looks like 2004 the police interceptor got a boost but prior to that I see no evidence of the engine being differnt than the civilian model. I personaly think the 3 valve would be a better engine for the application(gobs more power) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Modular_engine [edit] 2-valve Vehicles equipped with the 16-valve SOHC 4.6 include the following: 1991–1993 Lincoln Town Car, 190 hp (142 kW) and 260 lb·ft (353 N·m) 1992–1997 Ford Crown Victoria/Mercury Grand Marquis, 210 hp (157 kW) and 270 lb·ft (366 N·m) with dual exhaust option 1998–2000 Ford Crown Victoria/Mercury Grand Marquis, 215 hp (160 kW) and 270 lb·ft (366 N·m) with dual exhaust option 2001–2002 Ford Crown Victoria/Mercury Grand Marquis, 235 hp (175 kW) and 275 lb·ft (373 N·m) with dual exhaust option 2003–2004 Ford Crown Victoria/Mercury Grand Marquis, 239 hp (178 kW) and 282 lb·ft (382 N·m) with dual exhaust option 2004–present Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, 250 hp (186 kW) and 297 lb·ft (403 N·m) 1994–1997 Lincoln Town Car, 210 hp (157 kW) 1994–1995 Ford Thunderbird, 205 hp (153 kW) and 265 lb·ft (359 N·m) 1996–1997 Ford Thunderbird, 205 hp (153 kW) and 280 lb·ft (380 N·m) 1994–1995 Mercury Cougar, 205 hp (153 kW) and 265 lb·ft (359 N·m) 1996–1997 Mercury Cougar, 205 hp (153 kW) and 280 lb·ft (380 N·m) 1998–2000 Lincoln Town Car, 205 hp (153 kW) 2001–2002 Lincoln Town Car, 235 hp (175 kW) 2003–2004 Lincoln Town Car, 239 hp (178 kW) 2002–2005 Ford Explorer, 239 hp (178 kW) and 282 lb·ft (382 N·m) 1996–1997 Ford Mustang, 215 hp (160 kW) and 285 lb·ft (386 N·m) 1998 Ford Mustang, 225 hp (168 kW) and 290 lb·ft (393 N·m) 1999–2004 Ford Mustang, 260 hp (194 kW) and 302 lb·ft (409 N·m) 2003–2005 Rover 75, 260 hp (194 kW) and 302 lb·ft (409 N·m) 1997–present Ford F-Series, 258 hp (192 kW) and 294 lb·ft (399 N·m) ratings for 2007 and later model year F-Series 1997–present Ford E-Series, 225 hp (168 kW) and 286 lb·ft (388 N·m) ratings for 2001 and later model year E-Series
 
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It's the same, apart from the 2004+ CVPI which got a boost to 250 bhp due to a Marauder air box and zip tube. 2004 was the last year for the mechanical throttle linkage, before they switched to TBW in 2005. Edit: I would recommend he goes for an '03+ PI. There are way too many changes under the skin. ;\)
 
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 Originally Posted By: RWEST
My brother has an opportunity to pick up an '02 and '03 Crown Vic Police Interceptor from a local Police Dept. He's wondering if the 4.6's in them are any different than a regular 4.6.
I would have the Ford Dealer or a trusted mechanic put it on the rack and check everything out since these cars are driven very hard..The Highway Patrol cars are usually in much better shape then the local cars.. I know some people got former F.H.P. cars and they love them...Some people I know got some local cars from the Miami Beach P.D. and the Miami Dade P.D. and they needed allot of work. He might get a good local car but its rare.
 

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 Originally Posted By: CROWNVIC4LIFE
 Originally Posted By: RWEST
My brother has an opportunity to pick up an '02 and '03 Crown Vic Police Interceptor from a local Police Dept. He's wondering if the 4.6's in them are any different than a regular 4.6.
I would have the Ford Dealer or a trusted mechanic put it on the rack and check everything out since these cars are driven very hard..The Highway Patrol cars are usually in much better shape then the local cars.. I know some people got former F.H.P. cars and they love them...Some people I know got some local cars from the Miami Beach P.D. and the Miami Dade P.D. and they needed allot of work. He might get a good local car but its rare.
He does some car scrapping and one of his contacts put him onto these. The engines are actually okay, but the tranny's are pretty much shot. He was thinking of getting the cars, removing the engines and anything worthwhile, then parking them off to the side of our little country road - the speed limit is 25, with kids playing everywhere, but people routinely drive 50-60 through there. Having an X-police car sitting there MIGHT slow 'em down a little.
 
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Hmmm... Some of my friends told me that the reason modern Crown Vic cop car engines was because every cop car was built with dual exhausts, and many civilian cars were built with singles.
 
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 Originally Posted By: artificialist
Hmmm... Some of my friends told me that the reason modern Crown Vic cop car engines was because every cop car was built with dual exhausts, and many civilian cars were built with singles.
The dual exhaust does give them a significant power boost over the LX models.
 
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 Originally Posted By: chevrofreak
 Originally Posted By: artificialist
Hmmm... Some of my friends told me that the reason modern Crown Vic cop car engines was because every cop car was built with dual exhausts, and many civilian cars were built with singles.
The dual exhaust does give them a significant power boost over the LX models.
My 99 had dual exhausts [Performance Package] it gave the car an extra 15 H.P. as I recall...It also handled allot better then the ones without it. Ford dropped the Performance Package for civilian use a few years ago...I thought that was a misstake cause it made the Crown Vic and Grand Marquis handle like a sports car...I miss it in my 05 Crown Vic.
 
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 Originally Posted By: RWEST
[quote=CROWNVIC4LIFE][quote=RWEST] He was thinking of getting the cars, removing the engines and anything worthwhile, then parking them off to the side of our little country road - the speed limit is 25, with kids playing everywhere, but people routinely drive 50-60 through there. Having an X-police car sitting there MIGHT slow 'em down a little.
The Miami Beach Police P.D. and the Monroe County Sheriff [Keyes] do that in certain places to slow people down...But after a short time the public who travel those roads daily catch on and go back to their old ways quickly.
 
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CA police vehicles get all sorts of goodies added on (and things that are taken off, ahem, smog parts...) that are taken off, or re-installed, when they go to sell them. Sometimes, if you are a lucky one, you can get one that still has their special computer tune in them because it was missed or overlooked when they were going through them. Not sure how it is in other states though.
 
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The special computer tune is a myth. It's true that the engines idle a bit higher, and the transmission shift points are different, but the actual engine tune is the same.
 
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 Originally Posted By: chevrofreak
The special computer tune is a myth. It's true that the engines idle a bit higher, and the transmission shift points are different, but the actual engine tune is the same.
+1 no difference in tune. none of the police cars here have anything special done to them. one of our departments only has 1 car with a limited slip. they opted for traction control instead.
 
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 Originally Posted By: CROWNVIC4LIFE
 Originally Posted By: chevrofreak
 Originally Posted By: artificialist
Hmmm... Some of my friends told me that the reason modern Crown Vic cop car engines was because every cop car was built with dual exhausts, and many civilian cars were built with singles.
The dual exhaust does give them a significant power boost over the LX models.
My 99 had dual exhausts [Performance Package] it gave the car an extra 15 H.P. as I recall...It also handled allot better then the ones without it. Ford dropped the Performance Package for civilian use a few years ago...I thought that was a misstake cause it made the Crown Vic and Grand Marquis handle like a sports car...I miss it in my 05 Crown Vic.
OMG! ROTFLMAO!!! A Crown Vic? They handle more like a boat!
 
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 Originally Posted By: SteveSRT8
 Originally Posted By: CROWNVIC4LIFE
 Originally Posted By: chevrofreak
 Originally Posted By: artificialist
Hmmm... Some of my friends told me that the reason modern Crown Vic cop car engines was because every cop car was built with dual exhausts, and many civilian cars were built with singles.
The dual exhaust does give them a significant power boost over the LX models.
My 99 had dual exhausts [Performance Package] it gave the car an extra 15 H.P. as I recall...It also handled allot better then the ones without it. Ford dropped the Performance Package for civilian use a few years ago...I thought that was a misstake cause it made the Crown Vic and Grand Marquis handle like a sports car...I miss it in my 05 Crown Vic.
OMG! ROTFLMAO!!! A Crown Vic? They handle more like a boat!
I drove an LX model before I bought my P71. The LX handles like a boat, feels like you're riding on an ocean of waves. The P71 handles VERY well given its size and weight. The difference between the LX and the P71 (and the Performance package cars) is night and day. I throw my P71 around corners like it's a much smaller and lighter car.
 
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 Originally Posted By: SteveSRT8
 Originally Posted By: CROWNVIC4LIFE
 Originally Posted By: chevrofreak
 Originally Posted By: artificialist
Hmmm... Some of my friends told me that the reason modern Crown Vic cop car engines was because every cop car was built with dual exhausts, and many civilian cars were built with singles.
The dual exhaust does give them a significant power boost over the LX models.
My 99 had dual exhausts [Performance Package] it gave the car an extra 15 H.P. as I recall...It also handled allot better then the ones without it. Ford dropped the Performance Package for civilian use a few years ago...I thought that was a misstake cause it made the Crown Vic and Grand Marquis handle like a sports car...I miss it in my 05 Crown Vic.
OMG! ROTFLMAO!!! A Crown Vic? They handle more like a boat!
My Townie with PI suspension actually handles VERY well. The base Vic/Townie/GM doesn't even have a rear sway-bar. They DO handle like boats. But the cars can be setup to handle quite well.
 
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 Originally Posted By: RWEST
My brother has an opportunity to pick up an '02 and '03 Crown Vic Police Interceptor from a local Police Dept. He's wondering if the 4.6's in them are any different than a regular 4.6.
No difference in the engine itself from a P71 to a civilian model. The police cars have an oil cooler added in the lower radiator hose, and some of them have lifetime silicon hoses installed. Of the two you listed, the '03 would be my choice. It has a knock sensor to prevent pinging, and an improved suspension. As for things to look at for, the timing chain guides can be worn on cars with a lot of hours/miles, and the '03 cars had lots of issues with rear axle bearings.
 
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 Originally Posted By: chevrofreak
 Originally Posted By: SteveSRT8
 Originally Posted By: CROWNVIC4LIFE
 Originally Posted By: chevrofreak
 Originally Posted By: artificialist
Hmmm... Some of my friends told me that the reason modern Crown Vic cop car engines was because every cop car was built with dual exhausts, and many civilian cars were built with singles.
The dual exhaust does give them a significant power boost over the LX models.
My 99 had dual exhausts [Performance Package] it gave the car an extra 15 H.P. as I recall...It also handled allot better then the ones without it. Ford dropped the Performance Package for civilian use a few years ago...I thought that was a misstake cause it made the Crown Vic and Grand Marquis handle like a sports car...I miss it in my 05 Crown Vic.
OMG! ROTFLMAO!!! A Crown Vic? They handle more like a boat!
I drove an LX model before I bought my P71. The LX handles like a boat, feels like you're riding on an ocean of waves. The P71 handles VERY well given its size and weight. The difference between the LX and the P71 (and the Performance package cars) is night and day. I throw my P71 around corners like it's a much smaller and lighter car.
The difference in handling and steering is also night and day, when comparing a pre-2003 to a 2003+ model.
 
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