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    My 86 is like that. I've had other cars where the door was hard to open and shut when jacked up. My cougar I can't open or close either door while it's on jack stands. My last 87 bird didn't seem to care at all when it was jacked up. Doors opened and closed like normal.
    Quote Originally Posted by jcassity
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Haystack View Post
    My 86 is like that. I've had other cars where the door was hard to open and shut when jacked up. My cougar I can't open or close either door while it's on jack stands. My last 87 bird didn't seem to care at all when it was jacked up. Doors opened and closed like normal.
    I think the 87-88 cars must have been slightly stiffer. My Thunderbird didn't really flex at all on jack stands before subframe connectors.
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    '11 Focus, '12 Mustang 3.7, '17 Accord EX-L V6

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    Well I can confirm that. My 87 felt like a tank compared to my 84. It didn't handle better but it rode a lot quieter. The steering was heavier too.

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    Probably explains why the 87-88 cars were a couple hundred pounds heavier.

    Back on topic. How are you replacing the rusted floor boards?
    '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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    Didn't get near as much done this weekend as I had hoped. But we did start working on the driver's quarter. Got that pretty well straightened out. I had to work on a family member's car Saturday, which took a lot longer than I wanted. Kind of stuck at the moment anyway. Still trying to find a place or person to help with getting the metal I need for the SFCs. I'll have a ton to do once those are done. I don't think I have anything major this coming weekend, so hopefully we'll make some good progress.

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    How are you replacing the rusted floor boards?
    They aren't too bad. Just going to cut out the bad and make patches with sheet metal.

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    Some good luck came my way this weekend. I don't have it in my possession yet, but I have found a donor vehicle! This is a great weight off my shoulders. I had a moment of giddiness once I found out, like I finally can say "OMG this is actually going to happen!" Pics coming in a few days, I'm not sure exactly when it is going to get dropped off.

    I also have a question concerning the transmission tunnel. Does anyone know if the Mustang 5 speed transmission hump fits my floor? I don't want to buy one and it not fit. I won't need an extra one. I have a '90 GT and a '91 LX, they are manual and auto respectively. The LX is getting parted and sent to the crusher. I might have to take the one off the GT to try it. If not, I guess I'll just have to cut the opening and figure out a way to better seal the hole to the shift lever coming out of the transmission.

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    I didn't use anything in addition to the lower shift boot seal and I had no issues. I actually just siliconed it to the floor, forgot to get some bolts for it and forgot all about it.
    Quote Originally Posted by jcassity
    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.
    Hooligans!
    1988 Crown Vic wagon. 120K California car. Wifes grocery getter. (junked)
    1987 Ford Thunderbird LX. 5.0. s.o., sn-95 t-5 and an f-150 clutch. Driven daily and going strong.
    1986 cougar.
    lilsammywasapunkrocker@yahoo.com

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    Does the donor have an Ecoboost?
    '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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    No boost, at least on this first engine build. But displacement will be doubled, HP more than doubled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billyf17 View Post
    No boost, at least on this first engine build. But displacement will be doubled, HP more than doubled.
    5.0 I'm guessing?

    A 2.3 Ecoboost would be a cool swap to replace the 2.3 Lima.
    '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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