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StrokedBird

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Hey all, just signed up here, been messing with Fox Body Mustangs for several years but had been on hiatus for the past 15 years due to relocating and not having a shop to build in. Well that part is fixed the shop is mostly complete and I'm back at it. I switched gears a little this time around and went with a 1985 Thunderbird Fox Body, trying to apply all the things I've done in the past and finding out there are a few differences between the two body styles. I'm in the process of building a 410W Stroker and likely switching up to a T5 WC transmission over the factory AOD. I just installed an 8.8" 3:73 geared rear axle assembly with the addition of UPR upper and lower adjustable rear link arms. I have a QA1 K-Member on order along with adjustable lower control arms and Koni adjustable struts, still needing to order up my coil over kits. I've been reading about the ATS/XTS Brake caliper swap so I'm leaning towards getting the parts acquired to do that up front along with the Taurus rear brake calipers and vented Cobra rotors. I have had the car now for just 3 months and hope to get most of it completed before winter hits, I would love to drive it. 1278 (2).jpeg
 
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Hey all, just signed up here, been messing with Fox Body Mustangs for several years but had been on hiatus for the past 15 years due to relocating and not having a shop to build in. Well that part is fixed the shop is mostly complete and I'm back at it. I switched gears a little this time around and went with a 1985 Thunderbird Fox Body, trying to apply all the things I've done in the past and finding out there are a few differences between the two body styles. I'm in the process of building a 410W Stroker and likely switching up to a T5 WC transmission over the factory AOD. I just installed an 8.8" 3:73 geared rear axle assembly with the addition of UPR upper and lower adjustable rear link arms. I have a QA1 K-Member on order along with adjustable lower control arms and Koni adjustable struts, still needing to order up my coil over kits. I've been reading about the ATS/XTS Brake caliper swap so I'm leaning towards getting the parts acquired to do that up front along with the Taurus rear brake calipers and vented Cobra rotors. I have had the car now for just 3 months and hope to get most of it completed before winter hits, I would love to drive it. 1278 (2).jpeg
Nice car man! Looks like you got a nice space set up as well! Look forward to seeing the progress!
 
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StrokedBird

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Thanks Guy's, I will try to take photos along the way, sometimes I get so deep into what I'm doing with it I simply forget about photos. This whole process will very likely take much longer to complete due to the Covid thing going on and parts being so tough to get, my K-Member is at least another month out. My thoughts are to get the suspension and brakes figured out first, the motor is just waiting on some AFR heads I'm thinking 195cc Renegades and an oil pan, the T5 is ready to into the car. Hopefully I will get to do a shake down run this fall but it's hard to say.
 

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Rdub6

So while I wait to figure out my rear end issues
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Thanks Guy's, I will try to take photos along the way, sometimes I get so deep into what I'm doing with it I simply forget about photos. This whole process will very likely take much longer to complete due to the Covid thing going on and parts being so tough to get, my K-Member is at least another month out. My thoughts are to get the suspension and brakes figured out first, the motor is just waiting on some AFR heads I'm thinking 195cc Renegades and an oil pan, the T5 is ready to into the car. Hopefully I will get to do a shake down run this fall but it's hard to say.
Is that the rest of your collection?
 

StrokedBird

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Thanks Guy's, I will try to take photos along the way, sometimes I get so deep into what I'm doing with it I simply forget about photos. This whole process will very likely take much longer to complete due to the Covid thing going on and parts being so tough to get, my K-Member is at least another month out. My thoughts are to get the suspension and brakes figured out first, the motor is just waiting on some AFR heads I'm thinking 195cc Renegades and an oil pan, the T5 is ready to into the car. Hopefully I will get to do a shake down run this fall but it's hard to say.
Well..... Yes they were part of my collection but I recently sold them all within the past couple of months, just concentrating on the Bird for now. Since I am retired it's too much to try to maintain all of my vehicles by myself, I also have 4 additional cars that are not shown. The Shelby was a very interesting car but I'm more of a nuts and bolts kinda guy and that thing was all electronic and really not being used for it's intended purpose by me. The Fox Mustang was a one owner original 4cyl car that was going to be my main project but I found the T-Bird with low miles and in great shape so I decided to focus on that. The Ranchero has been part of my life for several years along with my '70 428CJ.
 

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