Stripping a Crown Victoria takes time and is very worth it.
First, drain all fluids from the vehicle, including gas, transmission fluid, oil, power steering fluid, anti-freeze, and freon. Store and dispose of these fluids in the proper manner, as fines and criminal charges can be filled for illegal dumping.
Tips: Never dump auto fluids down a drain or sewer. Besides the possible legal issues, it is very bad for the environment and for those who drink the water, as many of these chemicals are not eliminated by current water treatments.
Now, carefully, remove the transmission, being sure to keep lines and wires intact. Plug any holes dirt can get into and mark with the date, model, make, year, and any other needed information. Add to your stock or mark for sale.
Next, remove the engine assembly. Take off all the external parts, like the air conditioner compressor, the alternator, the power steering pump, and the starter. Then, depending on what is savable, pull off the radiator, the air conditioner condenser, and wiring harness. You will also want the power brake booster, the master cylinder, and all of the fuses and relays from an under the engine compartment. Some fuses cost $5.00 each. Tag all of these things with the needed information and add to your stock or sell.
Tips: When removing, do not cut or rip the parts off. Remove them properly. This allows for resell and reuse.
First evaluate. Do you want to keep it? Can you reuse or resell it? Keep the seats, the carpeting, the trim panels, ashtrays, cup holders, the headliner, rear view mirror, heater controls, radio, and seat belts.
Save the doors, hoods, fenders, trunk lid, head lights, bumpers, bumper support and shocks, windshield and windows, side mirrors, tail lights, turn signal bulbs, and anything else that is salvageable. If it can be be reused, keep it.
Also, pull the steering column, cluster assembly, and light module under the dash, the one that controls everything. A rectangle box, it will cost you $400 to replace new and over $200 used.
Last, take off suspension parts.
The rear differential, very expensive part, nearly 800 on 2003 and up, spindle assembly, springs, sway bar, steering box, and gas tank.
Tip: Older crown victoria’s have an evaporation system. It vents the gas fumes. It used to be called a charcoal box, it is located under the rear trunk and runs $400 new.