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Re: My 85 TBird

Reply #180
I've seen that trunk lid mural before.  I can't remember where and maybe in a past life but I have definitely  seen that somewhere before.

1988 Thunderbird TC, 5spd

Re: My 85 TBird

Reply #181
Holy shit...I’ve seen some murals before but that was just, well bad. You did the 80’s a favor by deleting that “art”.

I’m gonna go to hell because it was probably something very meaningful to the past owner. Hell here I come...it was aweful.

83 351W TKO'd T-Bird on the bottle


93 331 Mustang coupe that beat your mom's LTD

Re: My 85 TBird

Reply #182
I have been trying to remember just where I found that deck lid. I am pretty sure I picked it up 20 + years ago when I set out to do this the first time. It's possible I posted a pick of it somewhere back then.

Saturday afternoon started with lightly block sanding the roof. All went well and its ready to sand for paint. Then blocked the quarters and rockers and  finished up the filler work on the deck lid and hood. Sunday afternoon got everything cleaned up, masked, and in primer. Now the shell is ready to sand for paint, but a few things to do before that can be done.  I will need to reinstall the rear end and motor/trans. I ended up getting some braided rear brake hoses and need to relocate where the rear brake hose mounts to the body and where they will meet the hard lines on the axle. I also bought a Killer Chiller for the intercooler system and want to mount and route the hoses for that.  While I have all that back in going to bend up and fit the hard brake lines. Then before the engine compartment gets paint I want to get the underside cleaned up, painted, and undercoated.






Re: My 85 TBird

Reply #183
Have you got the doors, fenders, header panel, and bumper wraps all ready for paint or will those be done after the body, hood and trunk lid?

83 351W TKO'd T-Bird on the bottle


93 331 Mustang coupe that beat your mom's LTD

Re: My 85 TBird

Reply #184
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Have you got the doors, fenders, header panel, and bumper wraps all ready for paint or will those be done after the body, hood and trunk lid?

Those will be done after. As time allows I may be able to whittle away at some more of the body work.  The bumper covers are in primer, but need to be sanded and re-primed a time or two, as does the hood and deck lid.  The fenders and header are pretty much ready for primer. The doors and spoiler need more serious attention. Right now my main goal is to get the engine compartment in paint and get the drivetrain/suspension installed for the last time.

Re: My 85 TBird

Reply #185
Oh man, you have got a lot of it knocked out then.  Great work and thanks for sharing the project.

83 351W TKO'd T-Bird on the bottle


93 331 Mustang coupe that beat your mom's LTD

Re: My 85 TBird

Reply #186
Last night was able to get the motor/trans/k member installed. Tonight found a spot and mounted the Killer Chiller and routed the a/c lines to it. I wanted to mount it behind the bumper rebar, but the heat exchanger was in the way so had to come up with plan B. Ended up behind the cold air intake mods. I made sure to test fit the fender and fender inner liner and everything clears ok.

First had to remove a little bracket so it would sit somewhat flush. A finger belt grinder works well to remove spot welds if you never intend to reinstall what's being removed.



The K/C came with a bracket to hold it and just needed a way to hold that to the body. Welded on 3 studs to the back side and used 2 holes that were there and made a 3rd where I thought it needed it.

That upper little tab is a bracket for the air cleaner cover, so all of these fasteners will be hidden behind that.


The ac lines were also supplied in with the kit, just needed to cut the ends to length and crimp the clamps. The fire wall connection was correct for the 85 bird, but I ended up using the line I had originally modified because it cleared the valve and coil covers better. Now it just needs a few feet of heater hoses and that little project is done.