Gonna be redoing the exhaust on the bird at some point and weighing some options. I know what will work with a t5 but I know aods make things tough and even more so on a column shift. Just wondering what works right now.
Figured I'd post up the other money pit lol. Not much been done to it so far other than pulling the wore out 302 that was in it. Currently I have a 95 351w roller shortblock with low miles waiting on my to buy a set of heads and toss it in.
Truck in great shape apart from the bed that a previous swapped cause theirs was shot. At some point it was swapped to a np435 trans from the original c6. Cab forward is mint apart from the pass cab corner and bottom of pass door.
Current plans are just to get it on the road again since the tbird I got a few months ago took the trickflow head money away lol. At some point I'll go 408 with some good heads and do a crown vic crossmember swap and a different trans but for now I'm gonna find a set of stock heads and get her going again.
I've scrapped two of these cars due to serious rust issues and the parts I regret pulling were mainly trim pieces random interior parts. It's amazing how hard the little things are to find. I'm not sure how the cars are where your at but I'd pull whatever seems to need replaced the most out there as long as it's in good shape. Best way would be to get another one and swap what you need over.
If it wasn't for all the ziebart coating under the car and oil from leaks id've just torched them out but I found out that ziebart burns when heated enough and I didn't want to deal with that lol. I went through a 5 pack of diablo bimetal blades first try and only got halfway through and gave these a try lol. Pass side was a piece of cake tho they came right out lol. I just hope the back end goes smooth
The more I look into it the more I agree. I know some people have used the stocker with good results but let's face it its a 34 year old pump. Its probably not up to par as is even tho it's only got 102k on it lol.
Looking at ordering a 15:1 rack setup from lmr. Anything I should know before buying? Mainly wondering if the stock pump will work with it. It comes with new bushings and tie rod ends and I'm assuming the rod ends will work on my 85 but I'm not sure.
I'll find out soon enough I guess. Got some oil leaks to take care of and may end up having to pull the intake so I'll find out then. Still gotta chase down this high idle issue. Goes away with little tap on the throttle. Not sure if the cable is sticking a hair or the high idle is kicking in but it's annoying lol
Finally got the control arm bolts cut out and the new bmr control arms in. Also found out my steeringrack leaks yay lol. Looks like the 15:1 rack is gonna come sooner than expected. Still gotta get my che arms for rear yet also.
Quick side note. Milwaukee torch carbide recip blades are the tits. Made 4 cuts on the driverside bolts with life to spare on one blade. Im impressed.
Where are you in ohio? I have almost everything for a ho conversion. A9l. Mass air computer harness, fuel rail, explorer intake and 19# injectors. I was rounding stuff up before I bought the fitech kit.
I'm in akron. Might have to take you up on that before I spend too much more on this car lol.
Chuck I think I'll stay efi. Been looking into some of the ms kits out there and I'm liking what I'm seeing lol.
Those welds and getting rid of the mudflaps made a huge difference lol. I'll keep everyone posted lol. Been atleast 10 years since I've been in one of these. Last one I had was an 86 cougar i got off a member on here. Before that I had an 88 and 87 bird. I do have a tc hood I scored for 100 bucks that just a has a ding from storage. I'll get a pic of it later.
So here's the story. When I bought my tbird the po went to open the glove box to make sure he got everything out and it wouldn't open. Tried the key and it just turns with no resistance. Anyway to get it open without damaging it or should I suck it up and find a matching one and go ham on it. I'd rather no go the ham route btw lol.
Well here she is. 85 Thunderbird 5.0 base in light regatta blue. Was browsing fb market place for some 351w parts for another project and this popped up for 1500 as soon as I opened it. Being what it is and the fact you don't see them in my area anymore I had to look. Long story short I drove an hour and a half away to pick up this 102k mile gem. Needless to say the 78 f150 is kinda on hold at the moment lol.
Current plans are to redo the suspension first then 8.8 swap and t5 swap. After that I'll move on to the engine. Anyway here's some pics lol. Came with hubcaps and mudflaps now she sporting a set of welds and no flaps lol
Looking for some paint ideas for my 85 bird. Going for a non stock approach. Looking to keep it blue but go darker (original plan but open to others) and I'm not sure on whether to paint the window trim body color, black, or keep it as is. Belt line I plan on doing body color as with the headlight buckets.