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    revisiting the trans cooler install,, put in one a tad bigger.

    due to how my hoses needed to route i needed to heat up my coolant fill container and mush in the plastic a tad to gain clearance for two hoses to snake through the narrow crack.

    it worked out really good.

    if anyone wants to know how i got that brass ring crimped onto the end of that one line,,, then ask.

    i found a very clever way to "replicate" the odd ball fittings that there is a special tool for call "push pull crimp". thats what that high shoulder skinny crimp is you find like on a replacement fuell filter.
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    i may pull in a screen over top the forward facing side of all these goodies since there will be no condenser installed,, perhaps a screen with 4 point attachment springs so it can be removed and shaken off and put back in ,,, meaning i give chance a way to insure the fins dont get clogged up with debris.

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    Looking at that modified fan shroud you may have an issue. With that big gap/hole in the bottom the fan isn't going to pull air across the radiator very well in that area. I'd look for an 83-88 5.0 Thunderbird/Cougar or 84-92 Lincoln Mark VII fan shroud if you can. Also don't forget to put the air deflector back on the bottom of the bumper cover. It really helps on the highway.
    '88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, Edelbrock 70mm TB, 76mm C&L MAF, 30lb injectors, 2.5" exhaust, AOD with 2800 PI converter, 8.8 with 3.73 gears, 31 spline Traction-Lok, 31 spline Moser axles, 04 Cobra front arms, Maximum Motorsports extreme duty rear arms, subframes.
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    yep, i mentioned earlier that i will install a separate piece of plastic that covers the bottom section which will be always attached.

    what i did here simply lets you have the ability to remove the fan shroud easily to do other work.

    in a normal case, you have to remove the fan clutch to water pump bolts,,, drop the fan assembly down,, then lift the shroud and fan/clutch out together..... i personally have found this to be incovienient especially when i wanted to do work on something else that did not require the fan to be removed.

    one particular thing i can recall is visually inspecting the radiator for any problems on the side facing the engine.

    another would be hunting down a water leak,, along the timing cover etc,,, shouldnt have to be forced to remove your belt & fan/clutch to do this in order to see better.

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    i will be using this for a chin spoiler,,, works perfect for our cars,, you just shape the "ends how you want.

    https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/...y,air+dam,1000

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    regular oem alternator installed today along with a new 77.5'' belt.... rock auto stuff.

    installed the power steering hoses,, much much easier and so simple now that i have modified the driver side to gain better access to this area.

    now i have to find the fuel tank fill stuff and install.... then figure out how im going to start this car.

    add the drive shaft after i redo oil in the rear gears.

    add some exhaust which will allow the 02 sensors to get in the game,, yet thats going to need to change to wide band,, yet to determine where i get the best temperature.
    Pro-m tech today told me that the location is critical pertaining to lambda, however,,, Pro-m cant help me on my tune as they only do obdII now adays.
    put the turbines with new tires on,, and hope the trans works.... but getting the car started and running comes first.

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    How often are you taking you car apart to check for issues? I just wait till something breaks or a puddle appears then fix it .
    '88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, Edelbrock 70mm TB, 76mm C&L MAF, 30lb injectors, 2.5" exhaust, AOD with 2800 PI converter, 8.8 with 3.73 gears, 31 spline Traction-Lok, 31 spline Moser axles, 04 Cobra front arms, Maximum Motorsports extreme duty rear arms, subframes.
    '11 Focus, '12 Mustang 3.7, '17 Accord EX-L V6

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    you are right.
    the answer is sort of like you having those specialty tools you rarely use. when you need them you are darn glad you got them. I think that is what a lot of my little changes i have made boil down to.

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