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    Look what the big brown truck brought today for the Tbird, a set of LRS 16x7 TRX wheels! These are the Mustang style TRX, but they still look good on Tbirds, and 99% of people wouldn't know the difference lol. Now I just gotta get some tires put on them.








    Matt
    1984 Thunderbird -- 1989 302 HO, Edelbrock Performer 289 intake, Edelbrock 600 4 bbl, 85 Mustang distributor, Jegs o/r h pipe, Dynomax mufflers, Mustang AOD and shifter, 8.8" axle.

    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

    (86 Mercury Cougar 5.0, 89 Lincoln Mark VII LSC 5 speed, 80 Mercury Zephyr 4 door) sold

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    Nice! It will look great.
    Mike

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    Not a whole lot has been happening with the Tbird besides driving it and enjoying it, but here's an update since June.


    I wanted to finish the fuel system and utilize the return fuel line since it's not a good idea to dead-head an electric fuel pump. So last October I made a homemade brass low pressure regulator kind of like what Walking-Tall did. It uses a brass set screw with a small hole drilled in it as a pseudo jet to regulate fuel going into the return line. I was able to find all of the fittings pretty easily at the hardware store except the brass set screw. Those are difficult to find. I ended up having to special order some from Fastenal.

















    Matt
    1984 Thunderbird -- 1989 302 HO, Edelbrock Performer 289 intake, Edelbrock 600 4 bbl, 85 Mustang distributor, Jegs o/r h pipe, Dynomax mufflers, Mustang AOD and shifter, 8.8" axle.

    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

    (86 Mercury Cougar 5.0, 89 Lincoln Mark VII LSC 5 speed, 80 Mercury Zephyr 4 door) sold

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    I also got a new set of Ohtsu 225/55-16 tires for the TRX wheels, and they're on the car now.




















    Matt
    1984 Thunderbird -- 1989 302 HO, Edelbrock Performer 289 intake, Edelbrock 600 4 bbl, 85 Mustang distributor, Jegs o/r h pipe, Dynomax mufflers, Mustang AOD and shifter, 8.8" axle.

    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

    (86 Mercury Cougar 5.0, 89 Lincoln Mark VII LSC 5 speed, 80 Mercury Zephyr 4 door) sold

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    I also have everything rounded up to install 11" Mustang front brakes.















































    I got these adapters for the brake lines, but I'm not sure they're the right ones yet.


    Matt
    1984 Thunderbird -- 1989 302 HO, Edelbrock Performer 289 intake, Edelbrock 600 4 bbl, 85 Mustang distributor, Jegs o/r h pipe, Dynomax mufflers, Mustang AOD and shifter, 8.8" axle.

    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

    (86 Mercury Cougar 5.0, 89 Lincoln Mark VII LSC 5 speed, 80 Mercury Zephyr 4 door) sold

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    Also Front struts for a 94 Mustang GT











    And finally a set of FMS 3.73 gears. The axle in the Tbird has 2.73s so this should make a big difference going to 3.73s.











    Matt
    1984 Thunderbird -- 1989 302 HO, Edelbrock Performer 289 intake, Edelbrock 600 4 bbl, 85 Mustang distributor, Jegs o/r h pipe, Dynomax mufflers, Mustang AOD and shifter, 8.8" axle.

    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

    (86 Mercury Cougar 5.0, 89 Lincoln Mark VII LSC 5 speed, 80 Mercury Zephyr 4 door) sold

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    Oh nice. The wheels look really good on there. Are you doing the rear gears yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    Oh nice. The wheels look really good on there. Are you doing the rear gears yourself?
    Thanks! They're not correct for a Thunderbird, but I'm happy with how they look on there. I am having a shop I know install the gears. If I had a lift I would do the install, but there's no way my back could stand doing the swap on jackstands laying on concrete lol.
    Matt
    1984 Thunderbird -- 1989 302 HO, Edelbrock Performer 289 intake, Edelbrock 600 4 bbl, 85 Mustang distributor, Jegs o/r h pipe, Dynomax mufflers, Mustang AOD and shifter, 8.8" axle.

    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

    (86 Mercury Cougar 5.0, 89 Lincoln Mark VII LSC 5 speed, 80 Mercury Zephyr 4 door) sold

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    Is the front lowered? Guessing the sn95 struts fit stock height ok?
    Mike

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    88 Cougar 5.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5.0 bird View Post
    Thanks! They're not correct for a Thunderbird, but I'm happy with how they look on there. I am having a shop I know install the gears. If I had a lift I would do the install, but there's no way my back could stand doing the swap on jackstands laying on concrete lol.
    I understand. Dad and I did mine back in December 2013...backyard cold concrete...snow around car. lol Gotta do what you gotta do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcb82gt View Post
    Is the front lowered? Guessing the sn95 struts fit stock height ok?
    The front isn't lowered, and for Thunderbirds you wanna have SN-95 struts because the strut travel is similar between Thunderbirds and SN-95 Mustangs. 87-93 Mustang struts aren't long enough they top out on bumps. I got the SN-95 struts mainly to fit the narrower strut mount on the 87+ 5.0 Mustang spindles.
    Matt
    1984 Thunderbird -- 1989 302 HO, Edelbrock Performer 289 intake, Edelbrock 600 4 bbl, 85 Mustang distributor, Jegs o/r h pipe, Dynomax mufflers, Mustang AOD and shifter, 8.8" axle.

    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

    (86 Mercury Cougar 5.0, 89 Lincoln Mark VII LSC 5 speed, 80 Mercury Zephyr 4 door) sold

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcb82gt View Post
    Is the front lowered? Guessing the sn95 struts fit stock height ok?
    Yeah, lowered I use Fox Mustang parts, but if it's stock-ish height, I use SN-95 stuff.

    I've used new take-off SN-95 struts before on lowered cars, because they were free. Not ideal, but you know...free.
    83 TC "Clone"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck W View Post
    Yeah, lowered I use Fox Mustang parts, but if it's stock-ish height, I use SN-95 stuff.

    I've used new take-off SN-95 struts before on lowered cars, because they were free. Not ideal, but you know...free.
    Thanks guys. guess I need to find some sn95 bilsteins.
    Mike

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