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    Default 84 XR-7 Project

    I meant to start work on my 84 months ago, but I've been super busy with the cruise I went on, wedding, and just this past weekend, part 1 of our wedding parties. The plan keeps changing, except for it getting stripped and redone.

    Today's post is about my starting point. I removed my body kit, which I thought would have been a lot more difficult. I knew I had a decent amount of work just on the body. I'm pleasantly surprised that it isn't worse than it is. Only 3 holes, 1 of which is the driver front floor. I'll need some sheet metal, but the car is as solid as it was when I got it.



















    ^^This is why I needed another front bumper. To make the kit fit I had to cut all that away.














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    This all looks familiar...I've done this same thing half a dozen times in my life.

    Sorry to see all the rust but it happens. Still love your color combo. Very cool.

    You putting the kit back on when you're done?

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    Wow that is really really orange!
    I like it. And don't worry Jerry will be along momentarily to tell you how trivial that rust is LOL
    1987 20th Anniversary Cougar, 302 "5.0" GT-40 heads (F3ZE '93 Cobra) and TMoss Ported H.O. intake, H.O. camshaft
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    Aside from the Mustang crinkle headers, still looks like it's only 150 HP...
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    As long as the structure is solid (frame rails, torque boxes, rockers, underside) the rest is cosmetic and easily fixable.
    '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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    If you want, i can make you feel better by taking a few detailed pictures of my cougar.
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    I honestly dont think you could exceed the cost of a new car buy installing new *stock* parts everywhere in your coug our tbird. Its just plain impossible. You could revamp the entire drivetrain/engine/suspenstion and still come out ahead.
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    My camera settings are a bit off, believe me, my grass is NOT that green. The orange is a little too bright in these pictures.

    Structurally the car is as solid as rock...a very flexible rock. I'll be taking care of that in the coming months with through floor frame connectors and some other stiffening mods. It'll need it with the future power goals I have. Just needs a few cosmetic fixes. I thought it was going to be much worse under the kit.

    The kit is staying off. I really liked it when it was first put on. Then as the years went on, it became a nuisance. The front and rear need minor fixing from tow strap damage. The skirts need major work, the driver from the wheel off my brother had happen to him, my side pipe got pushed into it, and the passenger side ripped almost completely in two from removing it. The kit also has prevented me from lowering the car more than I have already. It still had truck ground clearance in the front when parked on pavement, not very aggressive looking.

    I'm still torn on what to do with the color. The combo really worked with the kit. I don't know if it will so much without it. But it's really difficult to picture how I'd incorporate the orange into a black base without it looking weird. The scoops with the silver just work, but a black hood with orange scoops, or even silver, wouldn't look right I think. Then the grille. I'm lost on what to do with that. The chrome isn't holding up, but painting it silver with black in between the fat bars wouldn't look good. I have a lot running through my head for paint, but I have to concentrate on fixing the body, stiffening the chassis, and getting ready for the engine/trans this year. Paint will be last and is planned for winter 2016/17 at this point.

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    This orange, competition orange
    '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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    +1 On the Competition Orange. With the dark trim around the windows and your headlight buckets it would work. Maybe light window tint would also look good against the orange as well.
    87 Tbird LX w/Factory floor shifter 3G upgrade. Tinted Windows...85 Mustang GT steering wheel(non-cruise) 17'' Saleen SC style wheels,Front/Rear TC sway bars/poly bushings & Mustang GT steering rack...'05 Mustang V6 springs...93 Cobra MC & booster, MM adjustable C/C plates, Work In Progress....... ( On The Shelf---HO computer, 19lb injectors, HO cam, BBK headers, Explorer Intake, Cold Air Intake ,Phantom Gauges, Stinger stainless exhaust pipes )

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZondaC12 View Post
    Wow that is really really orange!
    I like it. And don't worry Jerry will be along momentarily to tell you how trivial that rust is LOL
    LOL...... very funny Pauly
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    It all looks familiar to me too...
    that'll keep you out of trouble for a while
    ***** Project "EVOLUTION" 1987 Cougar LS & 1985 Cougar Convertible *****

    5.0 HO 306 roller block, machined GT-40P heads, Wiseco dished forged pistons, Eagle forged floating I-beam connecting rods, Lunati pushrods, ARP bolts, Scorpion aluminum 1.6 rockers, Comp Cams Magnum 266HR, Explorer intake, 65mm TB, MAF Conversion, 19# injectors, Ford Racing stainless P-headers, 2-1/2" cat-less exhaust w/ Flowtech Afterburner mufflers , SC AOD with 2800 BDR torque converter, 3.73 T-Lok rear, CHE rear control arms, full 2-1/2" frame w/1" jacking rails & seat supports, Rear disk brakes, Turbine wheels, All original interior w/ floor shift upgrade .......
    Pretty much every panel on my 87 is new, rebuilt, or re constructed.
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