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    This is my new project a 1984 Thunderbird. It's a base with a v6, but it will be getting the entire drivetrain that's currently in my Zephyr, which came from a wrecked 89 Mustang 5.0 convertible.



















    Yesterday we started with swapping axles and got the 7.5" axle out. Next we'll be dropping the 8.8 out of the Zephyr and swapping axle shafts.





    Matt
    1980 Mercury Zephyr moredoor sleeper

    1984 Thunderbird

    1988 Mustang GT hatch -- Explorer intake, GT40 heads with Trick Flow spring kit, Crane 1.7 rrs, E303 cam, 70mm MAF, 70mm throttle body, Kirban Kwik shifter w/ Pro 5.0 Deluxe handle, clutch quadrant and firewall adjuster, and 3.27s

    1986 Mercury Cougar 5.0 (sold), 1989 Lincoln Mark VII LSC 5.0 5 speed (sold)

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    The first car I ever bought back in 88 was an 84 with CFI 5.0. Loved that car, and miss it still. Chocolate brown with tan interior with the Lear Seigler seats.
    84 Capri RS Turbo
    Vinemont, AL (formerly El Mirage, AZ)
    USAF (Ret)

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    What are you doing with the Zephyr?
    1978 Mercury Zephyr boxtop 5.0 EFI T5Z 8.8
    1999 Ford Contour 2.5 V6 5 speed
    2016 Ford Focus ST 2.0 Ecoboost 6 speed

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukravit View Post
    What are you doing with the Zephyr?
    I haven't decided yet I may do another project with it down the road.
    Matt
    1980 Mercury Zephyr moredoor sleeper

    1984 Thunderbird

    1988 Mustang GT hatch -- Explorer intake, GT40 heads with Trick Flow spring kit, Crane 1.7 rrs, E303 cam, 70mm MAF, 70mm throttle body, Kirban Kwik shifter w/ Pro 5.0 Deluxe handle, clutch quadrant and firewall adjuster, and 3.27s

    1986 Mercury Cougar 5.0 (sold), 1989 Lincoln Mark VII LSC 5.0 5 speed (sold)

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    Wow, that's in amaziing shape! I'd say keep the Zephyr in tact and find something unique to swap into the T-Bird...but then again I'm weird. Haha, whatever you do with it I'm sure will be awesome!

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    Very nice looking start there! Enjoy.
    Mike

    Now stang-less.

    88 Cougar 5.0

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    More progress today! Got the 8.8" axle out of the Zephyr and swapped the Thunderbird axle shafts into the 8.8"











    Here are the axle shafts side by side. The left one is the Thunderbird that measures 30" and the right one is the Mustang that measures 29 1/4"








    The axles side by side. They both measure roughly 54" from the outside of each backing plate.





    Here is the 8.8" axle with Thunderbird axle shafts.





    Next is hanging the axles under the car, making the brakes work, and installing the rear sway bar.
    Matt
    1980 Mercury Zephyr moredoor sleeper

    1984 Thunderbird

    1988 Mustang GT hatch -- Explorer intake, GT40 heads with Trick Flow spring kit, Crane 1.7 rrs, E303 cam, 70mm MAF, 70mm throttle body, Kirban Kwik shifter w/ Pro 5.0 Deluxe handle, clutch quadrant and firewall adjuster, and 3.27s

    1986 Mercury Cougar 5.0 (sold), 1989 Lincoln Mark VII LSC 5.0 5 speed (sold)

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    I’m a fan of the birds. Will be following along. I have an 87 Tbird long term project. Lol
    Are you going 5 speed or keeping an AOD

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    I'm using the Mustang AOD. Later on I might swap a 5 speed into it.
    Matt
    1980 Mercury Zephyr moredoor sleeper

    1984 Thunderbird

    1988 Mustang GT hatch -- Explorer intake, GT40 heads with Trick Flow spring kit, Crane 1.7 rrs, E303 cam, 70mm MAF, 70mm throttle body, Kirban Kwik shifter w/ Pro 5.0 Deluxe handle, clutch quadrant and firewall adjuster, and 3.27s

    1986 Mercury Cougar 5.0 (sold), 1989 Lincoln Mark VII LSC 5.0 5 speed (sold)

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    Today we resealed the diff covers, hung the 8.8" axle in the Thunderbird and installed the rear sway bar.











    Next up is getting the brake line hooked up and getting some KYB rear shocks for a Thunderbird because the Mustang shocks are too short.
    Matt
    1980 Mercury Zephyr moredoor sleeper

    1984 Thunderbird

    1988 Mustang GT hatch -- Explorer intake, GT40 heads with Trick Flow spring kit, Crane 1.7 rrs, E303 cam, 70mm MAF, 70mm throttle body, Kirban Kwik shifter w/ Pro 5.0 Deluxe handle, clutch quadrant and firewall adjuster, and 3.27s

    1986 Mercury Cougar 5.0 (sold), 1989 Lincoln Mark VII LSC 5.0 5 speed (sold)

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    Someone is making adapters to run the shorter shocks. He has a link on CoolCats website. Chuck W no longer makes them ( very nice units).
    Also are you using the Tbird rear coil springs or are those something else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ISTLCRUZ View Post
    Someone is making adapters to run the shorter shocks. He has a link on CoolCats website. Chuck W no longer makes them ( very nice units).
    Also are you using the Tbird rear coil springs or are those something else?
    Yea, the brackets are out of stock at tbirdcougarparts.com, but I can get KYB shocks for the Thunderbird cheap at work. They're the Thunderbird springs.
    Matt
    1980 Mercury Zephyr moredoor sleeper

    1984 Thunderbird

    1988 Mustang GT hatch -- Explorer intake, GT40 heads with Trick Flow spring kit, Crane 1.7 rrs, E303 cam, 70mm MAF, 70mm throttle body, Kirban Kwik shifter w/ Pro 5.0 Deluxe handle, clutch quadrant and firewall adjuster, and 3.27s

    1986 Mercury Cougar 5.0 (sold), 1989 Lincoln Mark VII LSC 5.0 5 speed (sold)

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    More progress today! The new shocks are on. We mounted the brake hose bracket to the body and ran a piece of brake line from the passenger side up to the rear hose bracket. Also hung the 7.5 axle in the zephyr so we can roll it around.


























    Also where is the resistor wire for the fuel pump? I unwrapped the wiring from the trunk to the fuel tank, but I didn't see it or I missed it. Is it in the trunk?








    Next is putting the brakes back together and bleeding them. Then we start pulling motors!
    Matt
    1980 Mercury Zephyr moredoor sleeper

    1984 Thunderbird

    1988 Mustang GT hatch -- Explorer intake, GT40 heads with Trick Flow spring kit, Crane 1.7 rrs, E303 cam, 70mm MAF, 70mm throttle body, Kirban Kwik shifter w/ Pro 5.0 Deluxe handle, clutch quadrant and firewall adjuster, and 3.27s

    1986 Mercury Cougar 5.0 (sold), 1989 Lincoln Mark VII LSC 5.0 5 speed (sold)

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    Little more progress today. We got the brake shoes back together and bled, and I did some more searching for the fuel pump resistor wire. I unwrapped the fuel pump wires in the trunk and didn't see anything like a resistor wire. So I grabbed a voltmeter to check and see the voltage going to the fuel pump. I checked it in the trunk and under the car, and I had 13 volts on both not running, but with a battery charger hooked up so I'm thinking this car has no resistor wire for the fuel pump.








    Matt
    1980 Mercury Zephyr moredoor sleeper

    1984 Thunderbird

    1988 Mustang GT hatch -- Explorer intake, GT40 heads with Trick Flow spring kit, Crane 1.7 rrs, E303 cam, 70mm MAF, 70mm throttle body, Kirban Kwik shifter w/ Pro 5.0 Deluxe handle, clutch quadrant and firewall adjuster, and 3.27s

    1986 Mercury Cougar 5.0 (sold), 1989 Lincoln Mark VII LSC 5.0 5 speed (sold)

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