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Re: Starting fresh

Reply #75
Looking good. Hopefully it doesn't cost too much to align. Any idea how far off it is?

Its gonna cost about $75 as long as there are no hang ups. Not too horrible but I don't think think they fully heard me when I said a heavily modified 88 thunderbird but we shall see.

As far as how far off it it I honestly couldn't tell ya. I measured the toe and tried to get it as even as I could the rest is on them lol.

Alignments start at $75 around here for a stock car. If you get it done for $75 you are getting a deal.
88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, bunch of other stuff.

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #76
Well the fella I spoke to told me they charge 75 initially like 75/HR after so we shall see.. I'm sure its going to take longer than an hour. This shop is the local go-to for muscle cars and performance oriented cars they've been in business over 30 years. Stemen align and brake here in Fort Wayne. Theyre about the only shop I would trust to do the work around here

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #77
I was waiting for it and I knew it was coming... The two steps back in the process lol. I did a couple things to the old girl today, one of which was starting it and letting it run for a little bit. Well she started ticking I checked the gauges... Oil pressure is at 0. I'm going to change the oil tomorrow with some cheapo oil to see if that helps in any way.

I suspect the oil pump locked up. If it did. No big deal. I have 2 avenues to go down. Swap the pump... Swap the motor. I really dont want to swap the motor just yet. But if that's what I have to do that's what I'm going to do.

I was really hoping to update the calico motor before swapping it over and driving it for a while with the lo-po motor.

We shall see.

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #78
I was waiting for it and I knew it was coming... The two steps back in the process lol. I did a couple things to the old girl today, one of which was starting it and letting it run for a little bit. Well she started ticking I checked the gauges... Oil pressure is at 0. I'm going to change the oil tomorrow with some cheapo oil to see if that helps in any way.

I suspect the oil pump locked up. If it did. No big deal. I have 2 avenues to go down. Swap the pump... Swap the motor. I really dont want to swap the motor just yet. But if that's what I have to do that's what I'm going to do.

I was really hoping to update the calico motor before swapping it over and driving it for a while with the lo-po motor.

We shall see.

The oil pump is run by a gear on the dizzy. If the oil pump locked up, it would destroy the shaft running to the oil pump and id be surprised if it ran. Should take out the dizzy and gear too.
Quote from: jcassity
I honestly dont think you could exceed the cost of a new car buy installing new *stock* parts everywhere in your coug our tbird. Its just plain impossible. You could revamp the entire drivetrain/engine/suspenstion and still come out ahead.
Hooligans! 
1988 Crown Vic wagon. 120K California car. Wifes grocery getter. (junked)
1987 Ford Thunderbird LX. 5.0. s.o., sn-95 t-5 and an f-150 clutch. Driven daily and going strong.
1986 cougar.
lilsammywasapunkrocker@yahoo.com

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #79
That's the worst case scenario. Ive seen the oil drive shafts twisted so bad that it looked like an easy out. Even if the pump went it didnt hurt the motor to bad.

I tried to get the distributor out to have a look last night but its stuck pretty good. So I soaked it in pb blaster and left it alone the rest of the night. We'll see what its all about when I get home tonight

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #80
You’ve done a lot in a relatively short time. Keep up the good work. The bird is coming along nicely
87 Tbird LX w/Factory floor shifter:D  3G upgrade. Tinted Windows...85 Mustang GT steering wheel(non-cruise) 17'' Saleen SC style wheels,Front/Rear TC sway bars/poly bushings & Mustang GT steering rack...'05 Mustang V6 springs...93 Cobra MC & booster, MM adjustable C/C plates,  Work  In  Progress.......  ( On The Shelf---HO computer, 19lb injectors, HO cam, BBK headers, Explorer Intake, Cold Air Intake ,Phantom Gauges, Stinger stainless exhaust pipes )

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #81
I had a '79 Tbird where they used a nylon coated timing chain that at about 100k had shreaded enough nylon the clog the oil pump.  Not sure if they continued that through the 80's.  If you find a plastic type debris in there you might want to change the timing chain too.

Good luck with the oil pressure.  To get the pan off these things it is almost easier to pull the motor.
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 #82
Like I said. Gonna change the oil today and see what that gets me. If I see some stuff I don't like I'll pull the pan and investigate further.

As for the pulling of the pan. Theres quite a bit more clearance with the tube kmember. All I'll have to do is wrap a strap around the balancer and pick it up with the hoist enough to clear the front bump. Easy peasy.

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #83
Like I said. Gonna change the oil today and see what that gets me. If I see some stuff I don't like I'll pull the pan and investigate further.

As for the pulling of the pan. Theres quite a bit more clearance with the tube kmember. All I'll have to do is wrap a strap around the balancer and pick it up with the hoist enough to clear the front bump. Easy peasy.

Isn't that gonna break the snout off the crank?  :toothless:
88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, bunch of other stuff.

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Reply #84
Then plan b with mo powa

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Reply #85
Well crisis averted. For now. Drained the oil and it came out relatively clean all things considered. Spun the oil filter off and was expecting to get the usual oil bath and nothing until I turned it over. Apparently the oil filter was clogged.  :shoothead:  I didn't even think about that didn't even register in my mind. All is good in the world now.

Now to put the inside back together again. Then off to the alignment shop

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #86
Plugged filter, Ive never seen that before!  Damn.
Mike

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #87
Today's update: I dropped the exhaust because the stinger tail pipes were rubbing on literally everything. The mufflers came off too because they were just hanging there anyway. Nothing is more irritating than a tailpipe rattle lol.

Rebled the brakes today. Pedal still squishy and the line lock still won't hold the car. So I'm going to get a new Master cylinder because I can't remember where it came from or what it came off of everything else is new so my logic is pointing that way.

I'm going to schedule my alignment Monday and hopefully have her back by the weekend.

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #88
93 Cobra MC? You know...since you have 5 lug and shit...
'84 and '87 Mustangs
'98 Explorer 5.0
'06 Lexus
'06 Explorer EB 4.6

Re: Starting fresh

Reply #89
Well crisis averted. For now. Drained the oil and it came out relatively clean all things considered. Spun the oil filter off and was expecting to get the usual oil bath and nothing until I turned it over. Apparently the oil filter was clogged.  :shoothead:  I didn't even think about that didn't even register in my mind. All is good in the world now.

Now to put the inside back together again. Then off to the alignment shop

Was it a fram?

I've seen them push cardboard mush out of engines that have sat for a while...
Quote from: jcassity
I honestly dont think you could exceed the cost of a new car buy installing new *stock* parts everywhere in your coug our tbird. Its just plain impossible. You could revamp the entire drivetrain/engine/suspenstion and still come out ahead.
Hooligans! 
1988 Crown Vic wagon. 120K California car. Wifes grocery getter. (junked)
1987 Ford Thunderbird LX. 5.0. s.o., sn-95 t-5 and an f-150 clutch. Driven daily and going strong.
1986 cougar.
lilsammywasapunkrocker@yahoo.com