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Other Vehicles / Added another Fox to the fleet - 1985 Marquis LTS
So, this wasn't the original plan. The past few months, my wife and I discussed picking up another vehicle (which would stay automatic). Being the weirdos that we are, we narrowed down to an 83-86 LTD or Marquis wagon, and then eventually opened it up to an option for a sedan.

Had been casually scanning for something for the past couple of months. No rush to get anything. Even inquired with the owner of a Marquis wagon that was in the neighborhood. Figured something would pop up.

Then a couple weeks ago, an ad on FB appeared for an '85 Marquis LTS with an LTD LX parts car in western PA. Both were kind of rough, but there was plenty of bonus stuff included.  With no way to get 2 vehicles moved, I kind of sat on it for a week or so. Then after someone asked the seller about just purchasing the parts car, I went ahead and messaged them about the LTS.

For those that don't know, the '85 Marquis LTS is the one-year, Canadian-only, Mercury equivalent of the LTD LX, which was the "hot rod" of the Fox LTD line-up. They made 135 LTS's, total.

After a phone convo with the seller about it, he basically said he didn't want to bother with the guy interested in the parts car, and if I were to buy the LTS, he said I could take whatever I wanted off of the LX. He then sweetened the deal with offering to bring the car to me.
So, on a Sunday morning, I hopped in the car for the 5-ish hour drive to check things out and to hopefully make a deal.

Got there, looked things over, made a deal and got to stripping off the parts I wanted from the parts car. I was on limited time and wasn't *really* concerned with drivetrain/suspension stuff, as it's a Fox-chassised car after all. But I did grab some specific items, like 4 better doors, and hood, along with some LX-specific items (console, cluster).

Also included in the deal were a bunch of LTS-specific NOS parts.

We got everything organized, I loaded the NOS stuff into my car and drove home.
The next day, he shows up with the car and all of the other parts and we get it all unloaded.

In addition to the above stuff, the car also came with a set of Bullitt wheels, a half-installed 5-lug swap (94-95 spindles and 99+ 11" brakes up front), axles and drums for the rear 5-lug. New front suspension components, new fuel pumps and a new windshield. The car was FULL of parts when it arrived. As was the back of his truck.
Now, for those that care. I paid $2,400...total, to my door, for all of this.

Now it's sat languishing for at least a decade prior to the previous owner getting it, and looks "battle hardened", but underneath, the only bad rust spot is right at the front of the passenger floor board. The rest is solid. I have it running, but need to run through tune-up stuff, etc.

Primary goal right now is to get it running and driving and doing some clean-up and minor cosmetic stuff.







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Body/Appearance/Interior / Good-fitting floor mats?
The floor mats in the TBird are of some generic application, and really don't fit for squat in the car.

You guys have a source for a decent set that fit well?

I don't really need anything on them (I'd only accept a TBird emblem if it was the 83-84 style anyway), just something that works better than what I have.

What do you guys like?
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T-Bird/Cougar Parts & Cars FOR SALE / 87-88 TC rear disc brake parts
Added more parts I'm pulling from the car.



These have been drilled to 5-lug and have had the center bore opened up to fit the 94-98 5-lug axles. They still have life in them, if you're going 5-lug, but if you're staying 4-lug, you'll need new rotors.

I also have a less crusty set of caliper brackets (No pics, but similar surface rust to the axle in the background of the caliper pic).



[COLOR="#FF0000"]$60 plus shipping[/COLOR] for the lot.

Email me if interested (cwarren@indy.net)

Thanks!
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LEADS on T-Bird/Cougar Stuff For Sale / NLA -Both my old '80 Cougar XR-7's are available
Yes, both of my old '80 Cougar XR-7's (As found HERE and HERE) are up for potential re-homing.

The guy who has them is going to be out of the country for work for over a year, and he's decided to try and find a home for them. He'll just store them if he has to, but all the better if he can find a place for them.

These are current pics of both, as of yesterday. Both moved at some point back in Jul/Aug.






He hasn't done much to them in the time he's had them (usually busy with work) aside from drive them and put new tires on the white one.

The build threads for each are linked above. The pics for the grey one are mostly gone, but I didn't do as much to that one in the time that I had it.


The white one.

The Good
- Suspension and brake upgrades. (Lowered, 4-wheel discs(12" Vette front/SVO Mk7 rear), SFCs, big sways)
- 17" 94-95 Cobra Wheels with new tires (245/45)
- Manual swap (SROD 4spd and '84 SVO 7.5 - 3.45 rear)
- Rockin' Bittersweet interior, with Recaros and a center console
The Bad
- Very tired 302
- Body not the best
- SROD (very crappy ratio spacing on these)
- Windshield seal leaking again

The grey one

The Good
-Solid body and non-leaky windshield
-OK-ish interior
-OK-ish 255 V8
-OK-sh Snowflakes
The Bad
-Auto trans getting tired
-Surface rust on horizontal surfaces has gotten worse, but doesn't appear to be more than that.
-255 V8
-Not a whole lot of mods done to it. Pretty basic


In the end, it's probably best to smash both cars into one. If we had room for them, we'd grab them, pull all the good bits from the white one, INCLUDING the Bittersweet interior, and swap stuff onto the grey one, and drop in a different drivetrain. We just have no place for them.

I know these cars are an acquired taste, and not many folks have acquired said taste, but I told him that I'd put out feelers to see if there was any interest. They are located in Indianapolis, IN.

He's asking [COLOR="#FF0000"]$1,000[/COLOR] for the pair. Mainly because the white one has new tires. Nothing fancy, but 17" 45-series tires aren't the cheapest.

As I mentioned above, he doesn't NEED to sell them, and will just store them if need be, but just figured it would be better for them if they were getting attention again, even if that means sacrificing one to improve the other.
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T-Bird/Cougar Parts & Cars WANTED / WTB- Red front seats
Anyone in a reasonable radius from me (Indy) happen to have a fair-ish set of red buckets sitting around that they want to get rid of?

Looking to swap out the split bench in the Ranger, and it's rocking the porno red interior.

Let me know!

Chuck
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Lounge / Meet #5
Before someone pokes at me about this, meet Charles C Warren V, born 9/5/17

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General Fox T-Bird/Cougar Discussion / What to do? (Motor mounts)
So, by now, most of you know that I'm no longer building motor mounts, of any sort.

As much of a thing as it was for me, I just do not have time in my life for it these days.

Over the 15 years that I built them, I was kind of surprised that no other options sprang up, as I'm sure folks had alternative ways to do things.

Anyway, where I'm at is I'm not sure what I want to do with all of my information. All I do know is that I really have no time to put to these any more, at least not outside of anything for my own personal use. I barely have time for my own projects these days, much less those of other people. I get 1-2 emails a week still from people looking for mounts, and I feel bad having to turn them away.

At this point, if someone was interested in taking over building and supplying these to our weird little niche of enthusiasts, I'd be happy to entertain an offer for the exchange of information (drawings, documentation, weld jigs where applicable, etc).

Anyway, that's where things are with me on this, so if you're interested in carrying the banner forward, get in touch.

For all that have bought mounts over the years (and I have a record of EVERY set of mounts I've sold), thanks for your support.

Chuck
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Suspension/Steering / CWE TBird SFC Seat Brace Files
OK, I uploaded the CAD files for the TBird SFC seat braces.
The dxf files may or may not cooperate, but there are PDFs also. Tried to convert some OLD files today, not sure if they'll behave or not.

You can find them  ------> HERE

Let me know if you have any questions.
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Suspension/Steering / CWE Shock Bracket CAD files
OK, so I've been looking to do this for a while, but I've been just busy as hell with everything else going on to do this.

Here are the CAD (and pdf) files for my shock brackets. ---------> CWE Shock Brackets

They are older .dxf/dwg files as well as PDF's for those who just want dimensions.

You need 4 side plates and 2 of everything else for a set.

Could they be improved? Of course. Have at it if you want to.
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General Fox T-Bird/Cougar Discussion / CWE Motor Mounts on Hiatus
I'm sure most have seen hints, but I figured that I'd better make an official announcement.

I am currently NOT building motor mounts. I figure after 15 years it was time to take a break.

The main reason is that I just don't have the time these days to put to this. Any time spent on building mounts takes away from the multitudes of other things I want/need to do in my limited spare time.

I'm not officially closing the doors yet, but I have no plans to get back into production on any of the mounts.

I need to update the website to reflect this and include the info for replacement bushings, etc.


Thanks for all the support over the years.

Chuck
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Miscellaneous For Sale/Wanted / FS- 16 x 7.5 Mustang "Waffle Star" 5-lug wheels - $100/picked up - Indy
I have for sale a set of 16” x 7.5” Mustang “Waffle Star” wheels.

Standard Ford 5 x 4.5” pattern.

Other than being dirty, and having very minor curb rash in a couple locations, they are in good shape. I bought them for a project that I no longer have, and want to get them out of the shed.
They come with the center caps.

I’m looking for [COLOR="#FF0000"]$100 OBO, picked up[/COLOR]. I don’t have the time to mess with shipping them. I will however be travelling out towards Branson, MO on Fri 6/19, and could probably bring them along, if you wanted to meet me between Indy and there. Email preferred (cwarren@indy.net)

Pics:





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Other Vehicles / The Swedes
So, other than the '83 TBird, I have a couple Volvos.

I have an '80 264 GLE that pretty much got all everything but the body/interior from my '85 244 Turbo, with a MegaSquirt upgrade. It's my nice weather daily.



Then before winter, I picked up this lump, to save the '80 from the salt.
'96 850 NA, 5spd. It does what it's supposed to do.

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Vendor's Section / Chuck W Fox Tbird Shock Brackets - OK, OK, OK!
OK, here's the deal. I've been getting a bunch of inquiries about the shock brackets, so I'm going to build a batch.

For those that don't know. Fox TBird/Cougar rear shocks are about 3" longer than those found in the 79-04 Mustangs. This wouldn't be an issue, but seeing as you can't find any quality shocks for the TBirds/Cougars, fitting those for a Mustang seems like a logical solution. While you can get them to fit if you try hard enough, the situation isn't ideal, and could have consequences, based on your driving style.

Anyway, the ones I make look like this, but are powdercoated black.


Here's the situation. I'm going to build a batch, based on demand, but I'm not going to do more than 20 sets of them. They are tedious for me to build, thus why I don't like to hassle with them.

The cost on them will be [COLOR="#0000FF"]$50/shipped[/COLOR] in the US.

Here's the rules for getting in on this. First, no money from anyone right now.

If you want in, you need to either send me an email, which is preferred, to [COLOR="#008080"]cwarren@indy.net[/COLOR] and include your real name, or a PM. If you send a PM, you MUST include your email address and your real name. I won't consider you a legitimate customer if you don't include this info. I want to know who I'm dealing with. All the full details will be needed later when it's time to finalize orders, organize payment, etc.
If you're outside the US, please let me know, and we can figure out the additional shipping costs.

I'll order the laser parts when the commitments are all in, and I will order quantities based on that. If I only get 10 commitments, I'm only ordering parts for 10 sets.

So..here we go!

Thanks!

Chuck