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Re: Starting fresh

Reply #120
Yep. I'm gonna take Beau up on his offer. I'll swap the flat tops out for standard HO pistons possibly clearance the reliefs a little more at work then TFS 1, my edelbrock, then a victor jr intake and my fitech sitting on top. She should be pretty rowdy.

I got it tore down to the shortblock today to let me see what other fun I had in store for me. Aside from a little intimacy between the pistons and valves on a few cylinders nothing out of the ordinary. Except a new crank had been installed along the way. This engine had been gone through in the past. And by the arp head bolts and e7 heads I'm sure the abusive relationship between the valves and pistons happened in the past and the engine was updated because of that.

Throw Beaus pistons at it with new rings and rod bearings and start making the faux pony fast

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #121
Any idea what cam was in it to cause the valve/piston contact?
Mike

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #122
The only numbers on the cam were k21j and I cant find any info on it.

I got some stuff done today. I got rid of the smog stuff and put my 3g alt and bracket on. I got a boatload of stuff to do still but one day at a time now lol

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #123
Got the battery in the trunk today and found some more rust under the battery box.

Also knocked the t5 apart to check it out. And to my surprise all the gears were in very good shape syncros in really good shape and shift forks still had nylon on them almost perfect.  I needed to swap the Speedo gear anyways so figured I would go a little bit deeper. I need to shim the input a little bit it's got some endplay then glue it back together and put it on the shelf until time to put it in.

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #124
Battery acid is a jerk.
88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, bunch of other stuff.

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #125
For a $600 Midwestern car. I'll deal with it.

PHB is on its way finally. So sometime next week I'll have that then the suspension mods will be coming to a close aside from sfcs seat braces and torque box stuff

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #126
I hit up pick a part this morning and scored a set of focus fans and they fit surprisingly well. They will be going in pretty soon also along with my radiator

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #127
What year Focus?
1988 Thunderbird TC, 5spd
Stinger single exhaust, Cone Filter, Adjustable Cam Pulley, Ranger roller cam conversion,
'93 Mustang Cobra replica wheels on 235/50R17

'16 F150 XLT 5.0
'17 Husqvarna TX300

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #128
03 04 somewhere around there. The pap here was littered with them.

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #129
What are you planning on using to control them?

Any idea on the gap between the fan and water pump?

These would be easier to find than a Contour fan or 3.8 Taurus fan, since those cars are now few and far between at yards.
88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, bunch of other stuff.

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #130
I snagged a relay box from a 05 f150. I have no idea what it was for on the truck, but it houses 2 big relays 2 small relays and 3 or 4 mini fuses. A fuse for each fan and a relay for each fan. For right now im going to have the relays wired up to a switched ground. The fitech will control them through the ground side very temporarily just to get me through the rest of the season.

The fans themselves are only 3 1/2" deep from the floor to the top of the motors. And spaced well enough that the water pump is right between them with 3 or so inches to spare unlike my 16" single fan with the aluminum shroud which was like 5 1/2" deep and smack in the middle of the radiator and about a hair away from touching the water pump. I'll take more pictures as I go. I got some materials today to attach it to the radiator and scored a freebie tranny cooler.

My goal is to take this turd down the track once before it closes to get a rough baseline granted its just a stocker 5.0/aod with 4.10s but I'm sure all the weight savings and suspension parts will get it down the line and off the line fairly quick. I'm hoping it hooks nice and gets a relatively quick 60'. I'm hoping for high 14's maybe

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #131
I got the radiator and fans in just need to hook the fans up and add a temporary trans cooler.

I got the t5 put back together as well

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #132
I'll just leave this here.


Dont judge me by the bench...

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #133
I'll just leave this here.


Dont judge me by the bench...

Oooh. Pics when it's installed. Especially how much clearance is around tailpipes and the gas tank.
88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, bunch of other stuff.

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #134
Well the main frame is in. I gotta run it around the block and get the suspension settled then I can put the actual bar in. It would be pretty tight around the passenger side tank mount. No tail pipes for this guy