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T-Bird/Cougar Parts & Cars WANTED / Stock Ho camshaft
Last post by V8Demon -
Looking for an HO camshaft from an 87-93 Mustang or 87-92 Mark VII that is straight, has good lobes, and no pitting.

My zip is 11735 if anyone has one and wanted to figure out shipping.

Lemme know what you got.
User Rides / Re: Chuck's '83 TBird
Last post by Chuck W -
Looks like this thing needs tie rods too.

I was sticking a couple of the wheels back on and noticed that both inner tie rods had some play.

User Rides / Re: Chuck's '83 TBird
Last post by Chuck W -
Got the new tires in the other day and was able to get them swapped out today. Went with the Falkens I mentioned above, in a 245/45.

A couple of pics of the rear suspension, as the lighting is better, not being in the garage.

Old tires are old.

Wheels cleaned up and ready to reinstall when I get another free moment this week.
Engine Tech / Re: TWO PEICE oil pan modification & replacement.
Last post by V8Demon -
Anything that gets the seal of approval from Project Farm is a good product as far as I'm concerned.  While some of his tests aren't quite something that could be produced by a lab, they're much more than the average person would do for testing and he's genuinely unbiased.
User Rides / Re: Chuck's '83 TBird
Last post by Chuck W -
I don't put a ton of miles on the car, but I also have 3 other cars that can drive on any given day. Still, with the car choices and riding my bike to work 1-2 days a week, none of my cars get a bunch of miles put on them.
With the interior built back out, and the car is now usable to haul kiddos around, it'll be driven more.

Right now, I'm not inclined to pay a bunch of money on tires, so I'm probably going to use a set of the Falken Ziex 950's on it. I've used them on several vehicles. While I have no plans for snow/rain driving in this thing, it'll get driven in the cold if things are dry, and I have no need for another "summer" tire. 
Aside from the truck and her old Beetle, everything we drive gets performance all-seasons (V+ speed rating), as I hate squirmy tires.
User Rides / Re: Chuck's '83 TBird
Last post by gtbird -
Chuck, in the 20 years that I had my 88, with the same wheels you have, I had run through a set of Khumo and a set of Hankook tires. Didn’t care for the Khumo’s but the Hankook’s performed well. Price back in the day was very reasonable, especially compared to some of the more major brands. Since you don’t put a great amount of miles on the car, whatever you buy will probably age out before wearing out.
Good luck with your choice.
User Rides / Re: Chuck's '83 TBird
Last post by Mikey97D -
Nice to see you got it moving again to enjoy the spring weather.

Surprised the 2.3L non turbo Mustangs have the WC T5 also.  Good to know.
User Rides / Re: Chuck's '83 TBird
Last post by Chuck W -
The drive on Monday went well. The transmission was quiet and smooth. The clutch didn't give any issues in the slow traffic back across town to pick the kiddos up from school after work.

Now to buy some tires...
User Rides / Re: Chuck's '83 TBird
Last post by Chuck W -
Finished this up today. (Had it done yesterday, but didn't have time to put the battery back in and test drive it)

Got the clutch disc swapped out.

Not too keen on the seemingly sparse friction material on the Sachs SD1228, but I'll run it for now. The 9-puck just doesn't play nice w/o revving the hell out of it to get things moving.

Put a new output seal on the replacement transmission, and the factory plug for the shifter box has long been gone (was using this trans for mock-ups on other projects), and I couldn't seem to find the proper part online, so I just turned down one from aluminum.

Old trans

New trans

The -155 was from an 87-88 TC and the -162 was from an 87-93 2.3 EFI Mustang. They are the same WC units, aside from the speedo drive gear.

This required me changing my driven gear from the 19T I had in there to a 17T for the 3.55 gears.

Once the under-car stuff was done, I got the Pro 5.0 shifter reinstalled and buttoned up the console.

Fired it up this morning and took it for a test drive.

Everything seems to be playing nice, so we're back in action. I do need to bite the bullet and buy new tires for it, though.

Also, bonus pic of all of the Foxes.