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Messages - Tbird232ci

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General Fox T-Bird/Cougar Discussion / Re: 3D Printable parts library
I use the mirror tiles from Lowes like most people have suggested. They start off perfectly flat, but after a handful of hours of use, they start to bow and warp with the bed. I did use a bunch of aluminum foil to get take up some of the low areas between the bed and the mirror, but it too warped. I haven't figured out my course of action. I might go with a BLtouch setup and let the printer sort it out by itself.

The CR10 can do PET and PETG. I have a spool of Hatchbox PETG, but I haven't tried it yet. Most people say it prints as well as PLA and is almost as strong as ABS.

I haven't done the Z-axis braces yet. I did just print the elevated legs that use squash balls in the feet to keep it from transmitting vibrations through the desk. I also did the stepper motor dampers which made the printer significantly quieter. Next big thing will big figuring out octoprint.
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General Fox T-Bird/Cougar Discussion / Re: 3D Printable parts library
I have three modded Creality printers - a CR-10S, Ender3, and Ender3 Pro. I'd like to build a larger CoreXY at some point, and have a 2x2ft bed, but know from a friend's experience that this is a lot of work to get going, with only a 250mm bed.

I have a slightly modded CR10. I love it so far. I only have issues with the print bed being warped. I can work around it, but I'll need to find a good solution for it soon.

You really can't beat Creality for the price.
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Suspension/Steering / Re: 5-Lug finally done right.
It's been a while, but IIRC, I've got an SN95 rack/inners and Taurus outers on my '94-'95 spindles. Fits like a glove.

I'll have to dig back through and find the part numbers. I may have used a different year than you did. The particular ones I used would have *worked*. The largest part of the taper was the same diameter, but the upper part was much smaller in diameter.
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Suspension/Steering / Re: 5-Lug finally done right.
Thank you so much for doing this write up. I was coming in here to ask the question about the 5 lug swap. I installed a 2003 GT diff into my 88 thunderbird. I was able to install 94 rear brake hoses and match them to the turbo coupe rear brake lines. I also had to drill the diff to mount the brake distribution block.

On the front I am going to swap the inner and outer tie rods to SN parts but my brake set up I am using is 95 spindles and 99 dual piston PBR calipers. so 11" rotors but better calipers. I did some research and found that my master cyl has a 1" bore and the Cobra master cyl has a 1-1/16" bore. Should I be ok to run the stock master cyl from the Thunderbird with the SN set up since it was all running good with the turbo coupe brakes I installed a few years ago?

With the inner tie rod ends, you will have to cut roughly an inch off of the inner. The uncut inners are too long and you'll never get the alignment set correctly. I did a bunch of searching and found the Taurus outers suggested, but the taper on those are incorrect for the spindle. Hack off an inch and you'll be golden.

I did the dual piston PBR's on my TC, and the brake pedal is...lack luster. You'll probably have a similar experience. They stop well, but there's very little confidence in the brake pedal.
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User Rides / Re: New Addition
You're welcome to the snowflakes if that's the direction you want to go. If I can fit them in the car, I could bring them to you at Carlisle this year.
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User Rides / Re: New Addition
Congrats on the purchase.

Looks like you aren't messing around with getting it cleaned up.

Want a set of snowflakes for it? I have a set just sitting and collecting dust.
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Engine Tech / Re: '88 2.3T breaking up
The problem we are running into with fuel pumps is that no one makes the correct strainer anymore. None of the vendors list the correct one, and one of the main vendors NATO sent people to said they no longer provide the fuel pump kit due to the lack of a strainer. I haven't looked too hard, but I haven't found a solution yet.

I second what mcb82gt says about a Harbor Freight fuel pressure gauge. I used to have one and it certainly did the job. Had it propped up under the wiper arm while driving. It was this one:

https://www.harborfreight.com/fuel-injection-pump-tester-62623.html

Something else to check is your cam timing. I've had instances where it sounded like a boost leak, and it was running like it was lean, and it was because the cam timing was off a tooth.

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Body/Appearance/Interior / Re: New rear window - $2600!
On one of the Facebook groups, I saw a guy who had Safelite cut out and reseal his rear glass in an 88, and then use a universal window trim. To the untrained eye, it looked pretty good.

Aren't '87-'88 the same PN?

The 88 came with the window molding preinstalled. That's the one thing I miss about having an 87 over an 88. I hate this rear window molding.
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Engine Tech / Re: Update new entire fuel system still have issues
Personally, I would throw those E3's in the trash. I've seen a lot of people across various platforms complain about how the car picked up a miss and stumble after putting the E3's in. These cars don't care for any fancy spark plugs. I've had my best luck with Motorcraft coppers and NGK coppers.
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User Rides / Re: Starting fresh
I have to dig through my bookmarks and screen shots, but I have a link for aluminum window clips. I'll have to dig them up. I wanted them for my car, but I glued the glass in, and then found the link.
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User Rides / Re: My ol beater tbird
I'm glad to hear that Monster did the right thing. I spent a few hours one night reading thread after thread about people getting completely screwed by them.
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User Rides / Re: Starting fresh
Going more aggressive with the alignment will make a significant difference in handling. I wanted more aggressive, but the shop I used was apprehensive of using what I wanted. I wanted 1-1.5 degrees negative camber and 4.5 degrees positive caster. I ended up with .9 negative camber and 1.5 positive caster. It still works very well.
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Exhaust / Re: What longtube headers fit with an aod?
As far as I know, shorty headers don't even work with the column shifter. You'd have to convert to floor shift, or go T5 before doing the headers unfortunately.