will a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria engine and trans fit in a 1996 base crown Victoria ?

Asked by Mar 11, 2018 at 08:11 AM about the 1996 Ford Crown Victoria 4 Dr STD Sedan

Question type: Car Customization

i'm planning on doing an engine swap for my 1996 ford crown victoria using
the modern 2011 engine and trans out of a wreaked 2011 CV.
Will it fit on the 96 engine mounts ? and the 96 radiator will it work ?
the gearbox fit in the tunnel ? and the 96 driveshaft will it work if i will keep
the stock 96 open diff ? what parts do i need to get to make it work ?
notice: the current 96 engine uses a clutch engine fan. will it work on the
2011 ?
Thank you.

1 Answer


It can be made to work, but be prepared to swap more than just an engine, you'll also need some fab work. The driveshaft length depends on several variables, and I doubt your 2011's tailshaft is going to be the same length as the '96's. Motor mounts changed, in fact so did engine cradle, the 2011's is a much different beast as far as front suspension and cradle goes, so some measuring and fabricating will need to be done. Not a biggie though as both were designed to accommodate 4.6s and 5.0s. Firewall and trans tunnel should be fine. There's a lot of changes in the tranny between '96 and '11, see this link: http://www.idmsvcs.com/2vmod/tranny/modelnumbers/crownvic/ . The '11 motor will need its wire harness and modules, how much of that can work with the '96's older instrument cluster you'll have to determine. You'll also likely have to swap over '11's exhaust and EVAP, and I would absolutely upgrade to the '11's radiator and cooling fans and if they won't fit the 96's lower deck height then go third party. The place to be for all things Crown Vic is: Crownvic.net - there are several how-to's on all manner of engine swaps.

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