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post #16 of 71 (permalink) Old 09-03-2012, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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1989 THUNDERBIRD Build

Here is my next project.. Tube chassis Bird with Fiberglass frontend, hood, doors and trunk. Lexan windows and 9 inch rear with 4.29 gears and four link. I trade a my 2002 Harley FLHT away for it. It will get me old reliable 492ci BBF with a Bug catcher injection on it and powerglide to back it up. Here are some pictures.
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Update for both builds

Well my son and I have decided to swap car because he want to go fast (8.50s or better).. The mustang build ended up as a great foot brake small tire car running 5.98 @ 114MPH in the 1/8 and 9.46 @ 141 + MPH 1/4. The plan for the Tbird is 545ci with a set of Blue thunder heads (stage III porting). The one problem I am having is my son has it in his head that he think he needs to spin 7200-7500 RPM to make the 850-950 HP. I have tried to explain that BBFs do not need or want to turn those RPMs he is asking why..I told him that they are tall deck and longer rod engines that make gobs of torque and most of the HP number under 7000.. He thinks that he can put a .800 lift cam with big duration (300 - 325) that will allow him to spin it hard. A good explanation of why we do not need to spin HIGHer then 7000 would be greatly appreciated..
The Mustang is on a diet removing glass and metal with hopes of loosing about 100+ pounds for this season and changing the trans gear to 1.96 first and slightly taller rear slick 31 x 10.5 stiff sidewall. The stang was scaled last year at 2930 pounds with driver and fuel. Picked up a fiberglass nose and changing the factory style disc brakes to aero space all around as well.
The Tbird is in the process of reconfiguring the front end to aftermarket K member (cut a badly installed mustang II front suspension) plus cut out as much metal as possible. Hope to get the Bird down to 2500-2600 pound with driver and fuel with driver. Hoping this will get me in the range of 8.50s when it is all said and done.. I will get pics up later currently we are getting snowed up to our you know what.. COME ON SUMMER...
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nice builds, I really like the coupe build its rite up my alley, I'm building a 1988 T-Bird BBF/C-6 and its a full bodied car with power windows and mirrors, all lights work ECT:ECT:ECT: I've built a .030 429 with C8VE's and a small solid roller but I know I will be dissapointed in the HP and performance, its a good street/strip engine but not a good bracket/heads up motor, so I'm rounding up stuff to build a 514 and Edelbrock RPM's because I need/like to have 700/750 hp so it will run like your coupe. keep us posted when you get back to the track. thanks for a good read
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More changes

Here are some pictures of both cars. New nose for the mustang and rims.
Front clip removed from Tbird and new K-MEMBER squared and centerd
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More Pictures of Tbird

I have moved the front wheels about 3 inches farther forward in the wheel wells. Here are the pictures
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More Pictures of Tbird

Progress.. Decided to move wheel back about 2 inches.. Having Strut bars bent at AUTOFAB race cars here in MD. Will pick them up tomorrow and hope to have the Bird mocked up and on the ground by the weekend.. So I can get back on the MUSTANG to for this season..
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Nice builds. How did you like MME for the engine building?
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MME

I have had nothing but great results with the MME engine builds. He has built a 472 that is currently in my brothers probe (8.80s at 152MPH) and the 508 in the mustang runs 9.40s at 141MPH. I will be taking MME my back up 492 at the beginning of this season to sit on the shelf as a spare.

MME is the best in my opinion.
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Thanks for the feedback. Good luck with your builds!
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way cool builds ya got.i must be doin alot wrong.I got 633hp in a 3000 pound notchback with glide and 410 gears and only got it to go 10.80,s..woow i need help.
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Little more done

One strut bar tacked in place
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Finally finshed tacking

FINALLY.. The Bird is on the ground and roller again. Still need to finish welding everything. Here is .. No springs on the front for now just to see if how far it would compress.. ride height will be about 3 inches higher..
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I love 4 eyed coupes! keep us posted
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Back on the Mustang

Couple pictures of the 86 coupe. New nose, new Dash, and Engine back in.
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Awesome build, love it. Your shop is like a surgical ward, mine, not so much.

MME? That Marvin right? Read a lot of great articles about his builds if so. He is a clean freak and deamon on dressing blocks, pumps, etc.

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