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  1. #51
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    Scour the local bone yards for a 3.7 eco boost, computer and wiring harness.
    Find someone to modify the truck tranny for car use.
    Find a programmer to do their magic on the combo.

    2013-2014
    Install said engine...funds pending
    Build early 80s IMSA style body work and install 4 eye front clip.

    2015
    Finish body work and interior

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    The salt is off the roads (for now). I really need to get the car to my buddies shop so we can install some parts I bought.....
    '88 T-bird LX: tbirdregistry.com #51801 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp Magnum 266HR cam, GT40 intake, Edelbrock 70mm TB, 76mm C&L MAF w/24s, FMS stainless shorties, 2.5" exhaust, AOD with 2800 PI converter, 3.73 Traction-Lok, subframes. Stock: '91 Mark VII, '11 Focus SE, '12 Mustang in Grabber Blue

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    :finish painting my car
    ull engine
    aint engine bay
    :replace brake lines
    :install 5 speed
    :buy aluminum driveshaft
    :aerospace front brakes
    1986 T-bird
    347 stroker motor
    185 AFR Heads
    TrickFlow cam 224/232-542/563
    Victor Jr. intake CNC ported
    Quickfuel Holley 800 cfm
    Hooker 1-3/4 long tubes
    Custom built AOD
    B&M 3000 stall
    8.8 w/4.30 gears
    UPR K-member,A-Arms,and coil-overs
    UPR upper/lower control arms
    Strange shocks/struts
    26x10x15 M/T slicks
    11.48@119.27
    (coming soon Tremec 3550)
    The Finished Product
    http://s174.photobucket.com/albums/w...rinnie/T-bird/

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    Work on the interior and repair what the last owner hacked up (Uh !)

    Install a new vacuum booster/master cylinder assembly

    Put in a new rack & pinion

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    Drive it and work on the tune some more.

    Maybe get to work on installing the new rear susp stuff.

    Drive it.
    Long live the 4-eyes! - '83 Tbird Turbo

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    I need to
    locate Mark VII rear axles, brakes, calipers and hardware, finish my 5 lug.
    New shocks, struts, wheel bearings/seals.
    '99 Stang dual piston calipers, new hoses, etc etc

    Pull the T5 to have it checked out...it has a few issues.

    Finish tearing open the other HO shortblock and take it and the 40P's to the machine shop to get tanked.

    Eventually assemble the HO block, P heads, and the as-yet un-purchased TFS cam and assemble them in a relative fashion to last at least one or two summers.


    Probably take me another 5 years lmao
    '87 Mustang, 5 lug, brake mods, 3.55 gears. 5.0 swap coming soon.
    '88 Thunderbird Sport being parted out.

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    1. Engine swap. 96-97 int EGR Explorer 5.0. When I picked her up, somebody had already swapped in an 87 LSC motor and H-pipe, BUT, the bottom is burned up and I think I have a cylinder sealing problem. To top it off, a lifter just started ticking.
    2. Some fill rate mods. I had a burnt trans when I picked up the car. My friend and I went through and swapped the AOD stack for a 4R70W stack and added clutches. She shifts nice, but I get a little slipping on a hard 1-2.
    3. 5-lugs from a 96-2004 Mustang. I've got a good source for Knuckles, brakes, brake master, springs and a 3.27 8.8 LSD rear. And, I've got some 17" steel P71 wheels that I'm working on putting some 245/45R17's around.

    The motor is going to be first. I'm looking for an install date around the first of June. I've considered stuffing a cam while it's in the wind. I was debating over a B303 or an E303. If anyone want's to weigh in on that, I'd appreciate the advice.
    I can pretty much tackle the valve body thing any time, but I'll probably get after it when I do the motor.
    My suspension project is a little harder to nail down, I have the wheels, and I have some lightly used tires, but the rest is probably going to happen at the end of summer, maybe the early fall. For 2013, I'm hoping to get the exhaust re-plumbed from port to plastic. After that, Some nice clean southern sourced salvage steel and local paint. Satin black. Smooth. Stealthy.
    Last edited by TheFoeYouKnow; 03-04-2012 at 10:42 PM.
    1988 Thunderbird 5.0
    GT40P, TFS-1, KB domes, 30#, MAF conversion, Explorer GT40 Upper/Lower, Smog delete, Wide Ratio AOD Mod, Unlocked Speedo, 3G Charging System Upgrade, Hi-Torque Mini Starter, 3.73, BBK 1 5/8 unequal headers, H-Pipe.

    88 Thunderbird/Cougar EVTM
    (Thanks to Trinom for hosting)

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    Check of the exhaust system from my 2 do list. Installed the stinger perfomance 3" dual system with flowmaster super 44 mufflers. It sounds flippin' awesome.
    STEVE

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    I banged out my list. 03 control arms, 93 mustang brakes and tc hood are all done. Just driving and enjoying now.

    turbo charged 94 Cobra engine/440cc injectors/megasquirt /5 speed swapped (T5)/maxbox upper intake/70mm PP throttle body/AJE coilovers/2003 Mustang control arms/S.T. sway bars/ES rear control arm bushings/11" brake conversion/manual rack conversion/8.8 TC rear with rear discs and a welded diff/3.73 gears/PLX wideband/199mph speedometer/Aeromotive FPR/CNC hydraulic hand brake/cobra R wheels/....ect.

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    I can drive mine but I still haven't got my new parts on. I can't do it at home because my garage is getting torn down and rebuilt in about a week. The whole garage thing is going to take about about a month. I'm hoping to get the T-bird over to my buddies shop by April 1st to start working on it there. I really want to get the parts I bought over the winter on the car especially since it's been in the 70's this week.
    '88 T-bird LX: tbirdregistry.com #51801 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp Magnum 266HR cam, GT40 intake, Edelbrock 70mm TB, 76mm C&L MAF w/24s, FMS stainless shorties, 2.5" exhaust, AOD with 2800 PI converter, 3.73 Traction-Lok, subframes. Stock: '91 Mark VII, '11 Focus SE, '12 Mustang in Grabber Blue

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