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User Rides / Re: Rehabbing an 87 Turbo Coupe
Last post by YoorDaddy -
Cranked but did not start.  MSD 6A is DOA.  Made good progress though.

Saturday morning finished connected all the fuel lines and reinstalled the tank.



Unfortunately turned it on and once it pressured up gas came running down from the top of the tank.  Dropped it down, saw it dripping from the supply fitting to the hat, redid the fitting, tried again.  Nope, was actually coming from the hose itself, about 8" up.  That braided ptfe hose was the one that has been on the car since 2012ish, dunno if that piece had been up against something hot (I pulled it off and rerouted everything since not using a sump anymore) or what was going on.  Dug around in the stash and turned out to have a union, so pulled that hose back out (ugh), cut it off, redid the end and built the piece to replace the bad section.



Got it back on, pressured everything up again.  Once it pressured up, carb sprung about 8 different leaks, all the gaskets had gone bad.  At that point had been going 13 hours straight without eating so cleaned everything up and called it a night.

Sunday morning got up, moved all the vehicles out, and spent a couple of hours sweeping, mopping, putting all the tools away from the whole process, sorting through leftover bolts clips etc, and generally organizing everything that's accumulated.

I'd had the false floor out of the trunk to access the fuel pump wiring so got it all put back in and cleaned up.



Then pulled the carburetor off and went over to my dad's to go through it.



Back together.





Had one hiccup with one of the needle valves sticking and gas fountaining up about 4 inches high out of the fuel vent, got that fixed, then the clear sight plugs in the bowls both broke off from age so replaced those, and were ready to give it a shot.

We pulled a valve cover, primed the oil pump, and gave it a shot.  Cranked fine but didn't try to fire.  We played with the distributor, then checked spark and nothing.  Like so many other things, guess sitting hasn't been kind to the MSD. 

Tonight we'll pull it and the MSD distributor and swap to one that doesn't use an external box and give it a shot again.
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User Rides / Re: Work In Progress. '88 TC
Last post by Mikey97D -
I got the tank back in the car Friday and everything buttoned up.  So far so good.

I didn't find any cracks in the rubber line on the pump in the tank, but replaced it anyhow for good measure.

Going on vacation in a couple weeks so prepping for that not sure when I will get back into the car for the covers and front spoiler.
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User Rides / Re: Bird back on the road.
Last post by Combatspace -
That's a good idea but the tires are so bad that I'm really not comfortable racing with them. It has 3.55's in it now, so I think a wider tire in 28" would kill what little gearing I have. A wider 26" probably makes the most sense between making them fit, adding traction, and helping final drive ratio, but I really don't want to go down to a 26 for cosmetic reasons.

It's a shame because if someone made a 27" tall 275 width tire, I'd be all over it. As I said, I may got with M/T ET Street S/S radials to get the max traction out of a 255/60R15 size. I only put 200-300 miles a year on it, so I'm not really worried about tire life, but boy they are way more expensive than standard summer tires.

If you haven't already, take a look at the technical specs of some of the 26" tires for the actual inflated diameter. As I'm sure you're aware, just because a tire is advertised at a calculated size, doesn't necessarily mean it meets those mathematical measurements. A Nitto 215/45r17 will often be taller than a Sumitomo in the same size when inflated for various reasons, to do with tread depth, sidewall stiffness, etc...

You may find a 26" tire that when aired up to normal driving pressures is closer to that 27" ideal you're looking for.
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Suspension/Steering / Re: Rear tire sizes
Last post by Beau -
You're right on the Fox Stangs. Those tires of mine don't leave much room. Can't remember how little the gap is between the tire and shock on mine, but it ain't much.
I miss having a Tbird. Might have to start looking again...
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Suspension/Steering / Re: Problems with Cobra brake swap
Last post by Bird Watcher -
Interesting thread, I have an '85 Bird and just swapped out the 7.5 to an 8.8" LSD, I'm using the Taurus 43mm rear brake calipers and Cobra 11.65" rotors with Fox 5 lug axles. So far I have not connected up any hard lines to the car due to the fact I will be adding the '93 power brake booster and larger MC. I'm also swapping out the front K-Member from QA1 with the longer adjustable lower control arms and using SN95 spindles. Then I have Cadillac ATS/ Brembo 4 piston calipers and 13" front rotors going on. All of this is going to take a while to get sorted out once it is all back together.
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Suspension/Steering / Re: Problems with Cobra brake swap
Last post by grutinator -
I can't speak for moonmount, but maybe I can help anyone else who sees this in the future. I had a very similar problem. Brakes felt like crap after doing a TC rear swap (I already had 11" fronts for a while). I ended up trying 3 different master cylinders thinking I had the wrong size. I started with a 94 Mustang GT master, then a 93 cobra, and finally a 94 Mustang v6. Plus bleeding gallons of brake fluid in an attempt to get out any air. No matter what I did the pedal just felt "weird". Best I can explain was soft for the first inch of travel, but felt like it bottomed out early and just would not stop the car no matter how much force I applied.

I finally tried swapping boosters to a 93 Cobra, and that worked! I think the original booster may have got damaged during the initial master swap but I'm not sure, it worked fine with the drums. Either way, a new one, and a new cobra one at that fixed it the problem. Hope this helps!
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User Rides / Re: Bird back on the road.
Last post by grutinator -
That's a good idea but the tires are so bad that I'm really not comfortable racing with them. It has 3.55's in it now, so I think a wider tire in 28" would kill what little gearing I have. A wider 26" probably makes the most sense between making them fit, adding traction, and helping final drive ratio, but I really don't want to go down to a 26 for cosmetic reasons.

It's a shame because if someone made a 27" tall 275 width tire, I'd be all over it. As I said, I may got with M/T ET Street S/S radials to get the max traction out of a 255/60R15 size. I only put 200-300 miles a year on it, so I'm not really worried about tire life, but boy they are way more expensive than standard summer tires.
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Suspension/Steering / Re: Rear tire sizes
Last post by Tbird232ci -
These wheels have an odd offset compared to what most people use on fox bodies.

Fox body Mustangs have far less room in the rear wheel wells, so they bring the tires in closer to the inner wheel well. If we ditch the quads and tail pipes, we can stuff a 10.5" wheel and a 315 in the rear.