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88 Tbird project/ scrap
Scott Mabe Offline
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Figured I'd post about the 88 bird I've had for a while. Bought it, it sat, and sat, and sat. Finally I got started pulling the Ford remanufactured 5.0. Dropped in another 302 and c-4, the engine was rebuilt originally for a 93 bronco. It stayed in there for a few years then made its way to a 80 f100. That truck was Drag raced for a few more years before the engine was pulled again and set into the 88 tbird.
The carb went bad from today's wonderful gas, so apart it came to be rebuilt. Come to find out pay off one of the bowls was broke so I set out to find a new carb. A racing buddy had a good holley that just needed rebuilt, only wanted $50. I bought that one, rebuilt it, and set it on the intake. I worked on getting it tuned and was just about done, I flipped the throttle one more time making sure all hesitation was gone and the knocking commenced! After trying to figure out what happened, I settled on the engine must have spun a bearing.
Well once again the car sat for a while, trying to get time to pull the engine.
The engine is now pulled, and I am wondering what to do now!?
I got another idea the other night. The 90 f250 I have is a beat up farm truck with a big engine. My thought was convert the 4x4 transmission into a 2wd transmission and drop the 460ci big block and e4od transmission into the 88 tbird! Droping the motor in as is would make one heck of a tire melting machine. Add in a budget rebuild and you would be looking at a mean street machine. All that coupled with a overdrive transmission, it might even be easy on the wallet to drive, until you put your foot into it! Anyway, that's it for now, just keeping the gears turning.
1987 Turbo Coupe
1988 Thunderbird parts car/ possibly street/strip car
1990 F-250HD 460ci
2001 Pontiac Montana (wife's ride)

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Jeff K Offline
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Sounds like a plan! If you do it, think about stiffening the chassis (full length subframes, etc) so so dont twist thec ar in half from the big block torque.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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Scott Mabe Offline
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It would probably be a 6 or 8 point roll cage. Setup to drive to the track, race, and drive back. Also was thinking coil over conversion on the rear with custom 90° brackets to place the coil overs in the trunk, no climbing under the car to make adjustments!
1987 Turbo Coupe
1988 Thunderbird parts car/ possibly street/strip car
1990 F-250HD 460ci
2001 Pontiac Montana (wife's ride)

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