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Old 12-09-2010, 10:03 PM
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Well Folks I finally got around to hooking up the internet at home. Mostly for economical reasons, but also for documenting my buildup.

I plan to drop a 557 stroker big block into my newly aquired 1978 Mercury Zephyr that has been back halfed with Chris Alston's pro street ladder bar kit.

So far I have yanked the 466 inch from the Mustang and torn it down for damage inspection.

Mucho damage!

Bent push rod, grenaded lifter, rounded camshaft lobe, etc..

But alas, an excuse to purchase a 557 TMD stroker kit!

Check out the new ride and the damaged, but hopefully rebuildable big block.

Take a look at that #6 cylinder wall....the wrist pin rubbed the cylinder wall....ouch!!!

Waddda yall think?....Will an .080 overbore take care of that scratch??

Think Bob Glidden 1978 Pro Stock Champ, Dyno Don's 1978 Ford Fairmont......Animal Jim 1979 Bright Orange Mercrury Zephyr....

Hey GFORCE you out there? !!!!

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Old 12-09-2010, 10:32 PM
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How about that building one myself except a 528cu close where u at ? Bill
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:40 PM
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The first Foxbody Ford / Mercury product.......
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How about that building one myself except a 528cu close where u at ? Bill
557 Baby - from Baltimore
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So its streetable,? Again where do u live ?? reason i ask is looking for some taillights fairmont or zephy u might keep ur eyes open. Bill
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I dont have any extra tailights. Try Crazy Rays. Ill also keep a look out.

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I think your gonna be putting a sleeve in that bore but that should be fine. The car looks good!
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No sleeve for this cheap block! Its less expensive to buy another block than pay for a sleeve. If I have to sleeve it, Ill be ordering a new short block already put together. Ha ha ha!
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Some shots of the engine after I took it out of the Mustang, and after tear down.

Note the bent pushrod and the grenaded lifter.
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Hey Bill!

Got any pics of that 528??

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No, not yet having can`t get my *** in gear and finish putting together mode funk.. its kinda sitting on the engine stand,,,the weather and temp changes here in Tx has really played hell with my allergies and headaches, Xmas Sooo not so much in the garage need to get going somehow brkt. season not to far off as fast as these damn months are going by plus have a 66 fairlane to work in there somehow. Hope to post pics soon but have a old pc 5oo something gig so might not let me. All these guys having something to show is killing me. Bill
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Looking forward to some pics. Car looks sweet!
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No, not yet having can`t get my *** in gear and finish putting together mode funk.. its kinda sitting on the engine stand,,,the weather and temp changes here in Tx has really played hell with my allergies and headaches, Xmas Sooo not so much in the garage need to get going somehow brkt. season not to far off as fast as these damn months are going by plus have a 66 fairlane to work in there somehow. Hope to post pics soon but have a old pc 5oo something gig so might not let me. All these guys having something to show is killing me. Bill
I hear you!

Allergies can take the fun out of anything.

You gotta take some medcine so you can get into it!

No excuses! Ha ha.

You just need to watch some Hot Rod TV or SpeedVision to get worked up again.

Look forward to checking out your build.

Im on hold until the New Year, but I hope to start ordering parts soon
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I put the thread back on top for you!

Holler!!!
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