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    Any more pics of that exhaust forward of the axle? What size pipes are those?
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    They're 2 1/2" pipes. I'll try to get more pics

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    Don't be too rough on me; I'm not a welder, but I own one...and a grinder. My 1st custom exhaust. 2 1/2"

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    Got tired of looking at this old cracked steering wheel, so I found something a little more sporty.
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    Sooo, I have purchased a manual pedal box....and some other things.....

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    What trans are you thinking of going with?
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    I like that steering wheel!
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    Probably a T5. I initially was thinking of a 4R70W, but I think a T5 will be easier, cheaper and more fun. My wife hasn't shown any interest in driving this car and I really want an overdrive transmission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by massacre View Post
    I like that steering wheel!
    Thanks, I saw it on fb marketplace and decided to make a change.

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    Been working on the T5 swap. It's a lot of work by myself in the driveway. The trans is installed, but I needed a different x-member. Got one from Stifflers and it fit perfect. I guess there's an offset trans mount that works with the stock x-member, which Eric Shirley alerted me to, but considering I already have a polyurethane mount, i decided to go with Stifflers. It's a nice piece. The drive shaft which I thought I had figured out with an Explorer aluminum unit (4dr, 2wd, V6) is too long. I have to shorten it 1 inch. With the yoke fully in the transmission, the rear flange will not clear the end of the pinion. Even if it did, there would've been only about 1/4" or less of fore/aft clearance. It's actually a little shorter than the original drive shaft which works with the C4. I was concerned it would be short, but I guess a T5 is that much longer than a C4. What's money for, eh? Have to install the pedals and cable next. Got new carpet too. Wired up the reverse lights and neutral safety, also.

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    Explorer 4.0 2wd aluminum d/s, 50.75" center-to-center fits perfectly in my Fairmont.

    Good progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4-barrel Mike View Post
    Explorer 4.0 2wd aluminum d/s, 50.75" center-to-center fits perfectly in my Fairmont.

    Good progress.

    Mike
    That's the one I got. My drive shaft guy is cutting an inch, 49.75". Maybe it's got something to do with the I6 k-member?

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    I-6 k-member, that's it, I'm sure. I was going to say I'm surprised it didn't fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZephyrEFI View Post
    I-6 k-member, that's it, I'm sure. I was going to say I'm surprised it didn't fit.
    The flanges cleared each other, just wouldn't go over the end of the pinion/nut. There wouldn't have been enough play anyway, 1/4" or less.

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    I gotta give props to Chicago Driveline in Alsip.Il. Shortened and balanced, 1 day turnaround. Awesome service. Dropped it off 2:30 Thursday, picked it up 12:30 Friday.

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    So the drive shaft is in, pedals are in. Had to R&R the steering column to do that. Fluid in trans, topped off rear diff. Next challenge; the hole in the firewall is ~1 3/16", the sleeve of the MM cable adjuster is ~ 1 5/16". Gotta get a step bit that goes up that big. It was hot out there today, I'm beat.

    worth noting: there's a brace under the dash just to the right of the clutch quadrant, if you're using a later model pedal box(I am), this brace interferes with the swing of the quadrant. Not by much, just the furthest forward stud on the arm that holds the quadrant contacts this brace. Just takes a little persuasion with a BFH.
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    So the T5 swap is done. While the steering shaft was disconnected, I had the bright idea to pull out the shorty headers, down tubes and H-pipe and replace all this with a set of BBK long tubes with matching H-pipe. Driver side was a breeze, header out, header in, easy peasy. Passenger side was an all day affair, but it's in and to my surprise, the car is actually quieter. Only had 1 drive so far, but it seems to drive nice and smooth.

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    Need to see some pics to fully appreciate your hard work, sounds like a sweet set up.
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    Can't seem to load pics anymore, I just get an 'upload failed' message. I'll try 'copy and paste', but often the pics are too large.

    edit: It won't allow me to copy and paste either. Just shows a massive amount of text instead of a picture.

    edit: I'll post some pics on the fb 4eyed pride page.
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    I have new carpet from ACC , yet to install and new rear parking brake cables. Now that I have a manual trans, I want to have a parking brake. I need to get a proper shifter boot too, I just have the rubber boot that closes off the hole in the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmatt View Post
    Can't seem to load pics anymore, I just get an 'upload failed' message. I'll try 'copy and paste', but often the pics are too large.
    I just did a test upload to my thread and it worked OK. It could be that your picture size is the issue. I don't know if you're working with a phone or a PC or what, but there are all sorts of free image resizer programs that will resize JPGs down to something the forum should be able to handle.

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    edit: I'll post some pics on the fb 4eyed pride page.
    Which one are you on? I just noticed the foureyedpride.com FB page hasn't had any action on it since 2016, so I'm guessing it's not that one. Ahhh, but now I see that in addition to the foureyedpride.com page, there's also a FourEyedPride group - guess I need to join that one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Olsen View Post
    I just did a test upload to my thread and it worked OK. It could be that your picture size is the issue. I don't know if you're working with a phone or a PC or what, but there are all sorts of free image resizer programs that will resize JPGs down to something the forum should be able to handle.


    Which one are you on? I just noticed the foureyedpride.com FB page hasn't had any action on it since 2016, so I'm guessing it's not that one. Ahhh, but now I see that in addition to the foureyedpride.com page, there's also a FourEyedPride group - guess I need to join that one!
    I resized it pretty small. it accepted it but posted text. This was copy and paste. Whenever I try to post a pic using the forum option, it just says 'upload failed'. Maybe I've reached my limit for pics, but I've deleted a lot so I don't think so. And yes, the FourEyedPride group on fb, https://www.facebook.com/groups/5855193478

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    I have a stand alone shifter bezel I'll try to make work. Have to fab mounts for it.

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