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The car that brought me back

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
85 Tbird 5.0
78 F150 351w
03 Ranger Fx4

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Looks like a good score for the money. Bonus points for the “wing window “
The weld wheels really brought it to life huh? Keep us posted
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 )

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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.
85 Tbird 5.0
78 F150 351w
03 Ranger Fx4

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Reply #3
Looks like a nice start man! The wheels really do make or break these cars.

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Reply #4
Doing the 8.8 with some good gears and a T5 will make the car feel like a different animal.
It's Gumby's fault.

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That's what I'm hoping for. Right now it's just a cfi 5.0 and I'm torn between going carb or sefi.
85 Tbird 5.0
78 F150 351w
03 Ranger Fx4

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Reply #6
Nice score, My 84 came with 3 mudflaps that will be coming off.
Matt

1984 Thunderbird v6
1988 Mustang GT
1980 Mercury Zephyr

1986 Cougar 5.0 (sold)
1989 Mark VII LSC 5 speed (sold)

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Reply #7
Nice car.  I would prob carb it, but that's just me.  Gonna keep the rear bumper sticker?
Mike

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That's what I'm hoping for. Right now it's just a cfi 5.0 and I'm torn between going carb or sefi.

Don't go carb...
Long live the 4-eyes!  - '83 Tbird Turbo

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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.

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That's what I'm hoping for. Right now it's just a cfi 5.0 and I'm torn between going carb or sefi.
With the options that have been coming out in recent history, and how cheap it is to get performance SEFI parts on the used market, I wouldn't go carb.
It's Gumby's fault.

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That's what I'm hoping for. Right now it's just a cfi 5.0 and I'm torn between going carb or sefi.

Don't go carb...


+1. Fuel injection all the way.
88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, bunch of other stuff.

 

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Nice car.  I would prob carb it, but that's just me.  Gonna keep the rear bumper sticker?
It's gonna stay until it's ready for paint. Not big on bumper stickers but I like that one lol.

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.
85 Tbird 5.0
78 F150 351w
03 Ranger Fx4

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I'm in akron. Might have to take you up on that before I spend too much more on this car lol.

I hear ya. I can't remember but I'm pretty sure I have most of the stuff. Not all but most. And I'm not going to use any of it now. Soon as the car is drivable its gonna be time to sort out my parts and start letting stuff go.

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That's what I'm hoping for. Right now it's just a cfi 5.0 and I'm torn between going carb or sefi.
I vote for carb.  BUT, I've been tuning them for 40+ years..lol.
84 COUGAR/90 HO, 1.7RRs, performer RPM,700DP, equal length shorties, stainless EXH ,T-5,Hurst pro-billet, KC clutch, 8.8/ 4.10s, line-lok, bla ,bla, bla.
71 COMET/289,351w heads, 12.5 TRWs, 750DP, Liberty TL, 9"/6.00s, 11.9x @112 , bla,bla,bla.

Never shoot your mouth off, unless your brain is loaded! ....I may get older, but I'll never grow up!....If you're not laughing, you're not living!  :laughing: