Progress Thread The Gila Monster Gets Blown Away: 1978 Fairmont Futura Becomes A Cyclone

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  1. hoopty5.0

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    Congratulations. In a single day, you managed to surpass me in a build that I've had going for months. I quit.
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    RacEoHolic330 I like to dress like a pretty girl SN Certified Technician

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    Hurry up and start making some turbo piping. I want to see how you plumb that summa bi tch.
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  3. madmike1157

    madmike1157 I neutered myself. >=-O SN Certified Technician

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    Ohh C'mon!! All I managed to do today was spend a grand. You've already did that months ago.

    I still have the rear coil overs to buy,.. and the m/c and brake prop valve before I can turn a wrench on the thing. Once I got that,.. Then I'll start working on it.

    Then,.... I'll pass you.

    JK,.....all it takes is money Collin.
    Long way off Scotty,..... I got a whole bunch of work that has to happen before I can even hope to start on the turbo stuff,... and another 1000.00 to spend.
  4. madmike1157

    madmike1157 I neutered myself. >=-O SN Certified Technician

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    Thank you, Iweegian.

    Not as easy as that sounds,... the stock tails have a shoulder that sits in the "trough" that had the adhesive imbedded. A flat piece of lexan would have a gap that just wouldn't work.

    I'll probably end up making something custom just the same. The challenge is the same now as it was two years ago when I first laid a Sawzall on the back of my mustang,........ how will it look after I've gone past the point of no return.
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    I am thinking '67 GT500 tails. Not sure how hard they are to find, or how expensive they are, but shape wise it seems like a good fit...
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    Noobz347 Stangnet Facilities Maint Tech... Er... Janitor Admin Dude

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    Or maybe the Cougar sequential tails... :chin
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    madmike1157 I neutered myself. >=-O SN Certified Technician

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    All three cars,.. the 67/68 GT/CS; The 67/68 Shelby,.. and the 67/68 Cougar all used the same sequential tail light,.. with only the exterior trim to differentiate them.
    The swap would be expensive,...(about 600.00) and require welding and body work. I'm trying to find a lower price solution before I commit to that.
  8. madmike1157

    madmike1157 I neutered myself. >=-O SN Certified Technician

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    After looking at it based on info I got from another thread,... I decided to try a set of Fox tail's.

    The problem for me is,.. they will look like they are in fact fox tails.

    I'm trying to minimize the fabrication involved in this process, but that appears frugal. The fox tails have a slight curvature to them across their length, and are squared off at the side where they butt up against the quarter, Stupid Fairmont tails are not curved, and the mating surface at the quarter is cut on a diagonal. Mustang tails look to be 6.5" tall, Fairmont looks to be 8".
  9. jrichker

    jrichker StangNet's favorite TOOL SN Certified Technician Founding Member

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    From your description, it sounds like you are going to have to make a filler plate. Acrylic plastic sheet is easy to work with and it could be the solution. Cut and shape the outside edge of the acrylic blank to fit the mount for the Fairmont taillights and cut and shape the hole in the blank to fit the Fox taillights. Paint the blank whatever color you like. If you don't like the idea of leaving the acrylic filler plates on the car, they can be your pattern to make some out of sheet steel or whatever else you might choose.
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    madspeed Colonel Mustard Mod Dude Founding Member

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    how about somwthing on the lines of a Caprice or Bonneville light

    [​IMG]
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    mikestang63 Mustang Master

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    I think I found my new sig,,,, lol
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    madmike1157 I neutered myself. >=-O SN Certified Technician

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    The problem w/any junk yard light is that they probably would be as bad as the crusty junkers I already have. If I go through the hassle of converting the tails to something different I wanna be sure that the parts sources offer new quality for my sweat.
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    madspeed Colonel Mustard Mod Dude Founding Member

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    though you were missing most of your lenses?
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    madmike1157 I neutered myself. >=-O SN Certified Technician

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    :shrug:
    is'nt that the solution to all our problems?
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    madspeed Colonel Mustard Mod Dude Founding Member

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    do the standard Fairmont lights fit? I've got a buddy with a few, he likely has some spares
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    madmike1157 I neutered myself. >=-O SN Certified Technician

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    No, Futura tails are significantly different than a box top.
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    madmike1157 I neutered myself. >=-O SN Certified Technician

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    i am, but even the substrates are crumbling.
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    Okay,...actually bought Fox tail lights this morning, and w/i an hour, cancelled them. I just don't think I can make them work and look like they belong there.

    Shelby tail lights,.........now that is a different story.

    I hate that after spending all that money Saturday, I'm gonna have to pony up another 500.00 for a set of stinkin tail lights,..but that seems to be the way things go w/ me.

    Tomorrow,..I'll order them. I gotta make the entrire rear panel to accomodate them outta sheet metal,..but that will afford me several solutions to several dilemmas:

    #1. I effectively replace an obsolete part w/one infinitely more available.:nice:

    #2. I "fix" the retarded crap the ford design engineers screwed up w/ filler strips and foam inserts.:nonono:
    #3. I get that really cool sequencing action that comes w/ all Shelby turn signals.
    #4. Mike gets one more notch on the "unique" totem pole.:banana:
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    Love it. Hope you make it a super sleeper.
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    madmike1157 I neutered myself. >=-O SN Certified Technician

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    [​IMG]I got home and removed the old tail light base. The bumper hangs so far back there it's ridiculous. Like w/ all of my previous 'Monts, I will modify the brackets and shorten that stand off by about 6". It will tuck the bumper nicely against the body. This is what you start with:
    [​IMG]

    I'll drill a hole in the shock absorber, it'll let me collapse it to the flange. I should get about 3-3.5" of reduction in the standoff. I'll also cut that honkin' block of steel down and pick up another 1.5-2"
    [​IMG]

    I've stared at it enough to get my plan together,....I'll buy the GT 350/500 tails tomorrow.
    Another 500.00 down the drain.

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