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    Sweet it's finally going to have paint .
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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderjet302 View Post
    Sweet it's finally going to have paint .
    I know right lol

    I found some very minor damage hidden on the R/S quarter. I also found a couple of rust bubbles that appeared to be minor but after sanding the spots, they look like they will need to be patched, but I'm going to try spot blasting them first.
    I'm puzzled as to why Ford didn't put connectors for the door wiring and also that they didn't allow for window removal without a fight. lol, oh well. I didn't get as much done as I had planned but I did get almost all of the engine bay stripped out. I've got it up on stands and will be dropping the f & r suspensions out, probably next week.....maybe


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    1BadBird, what did you do use for removing the welding slag?

    As I look at your K-member, the thought keeps occurring, how much weight could be removed from the factory piece w/out affecting structural integrity. Anybody know?
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    Are those the staggered Mitsu wheels?
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    BTW, I had a 1988 T-Bird Sport way back when. I found out that it was totalled shortly after trading it in. It still has the ignition switch recall to date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyLPita View Post
    Are those the staggered Mitsu wheels?
    Ya they are. It has 16X9s and 16X8s. I tried to find another good pair of 16X9s but now it don't matter.

    Quote Originally Posted by t3skidoo View Post
    1BadBird, what did you do use for removing the welding slag?
    As I look at your K-member, the thought keeps occurring, how much weight could be removed from the factory piece w/out affecting structural integrity. Anybody know?
    I just used 2" 3M roto locks, 40 grit then followed by surface-prep pads. I had thought about cutting 2" holes through-out with a hole saw, but who knows, I might get a MM tubular one in the future.


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    Default Update: More progress Pics

    Ok, now that I have retrieved my camera from the bosses p/u at work, I can post pics the of little bit of progress I've made.

    birdpics 012.jpg

    birdpics 007.jpg

    birdpics 003.jpg


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    Default Yet more Pics

    Here's a few of the blasted spots

    birdpics 005.jpg

    birdpics 008.jpg

    birdpics 006.jpg

    Granted, those aren't near as bad as some.


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    Quote Originally Posted by t3skidoo View Post
    As I look at your K-member, the thought keeps occurring, how much weight could be removed from the factory piece w/out affecting structural integrity. Anybody know?
    Here is the original k-member. As you can see, there's a lot of holes. I might need to do that cutting I mentioned earlier after-all.

    birdpics 014.jpg

    birdpics 013.jpg

    birdpics 015.jpg

    I still need to strip it down completely. The entire front LSC brake setup is up for grabs as well as the K-member, otherwise it's off to the scrap yard.
    Last edited by 1BadBird; 12-05-2011 at 08:07 PM.


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    I got a little more done today but nothing pic worthy. I'm raising the car up so I can paint & raptorize the bottom side. While I have the IRS out, my plans are to tear it all down and paint it all and install those 4:30s.


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    Default A little progress

    Pretty much stripped out now. Just the dash and wiring harness.

    todays progress 004.jpg

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