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    Ive been wanting to build a Thunderbird for many years and now I'm finally doing it. I was searching craigslist and found one that had already been manual swapped so I jumped on it.

    Its a 1997 Ford Thunderbird GT4.6 in Light Denim Blue Metallic

    This is what the previous owner already did to the car:

    2010 PI engine
    coil over plug conversion
    Mustang air mass and filter housing and induction tube
    98 mustang fuel injector rail
    Mustang 4.6 GT radiator fan
    Mustang 6G alternator
    Supercoupe adjustable front struts
    J springs on the suspension
    Mustang wheel/hub conversion
    2010 mustang GT wheels
    Clear corner turn signals
    Mustang – GT 150 mph dash gauges
    96 Mustang GT ECU which has been reprogrammed
    Mark 8 front seats Mark a rear seat
    Cobra rear brakes with cobra rotors
    Mark 8 vanity lit mirrors

    My plans are:

    Swap front end from 89-93 thunderbird
    swap rear end from 89-93 thunderbird
    remove cladding on the sides
    make coilovers
    buy wheels with good offset
    clean up wiring that previous owner did
    fix cracked interior
    mold in 8" pioneer head unit
    find Super Coupe center console
    install hand brake
    convert interior to black
    wire tuck engine bay
    exhaust
    cams

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    I did some photoshopping to show what I'm visioning

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    pulled the seats out and cleaned up the carpet

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    Planning on going through and painting all the raw metal parts that ford leaves.

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    just ordered some wheels, tires, and lowering springs. Eventually I will make some coilovers.

    wheels are 18x9.5 +20 offset
    tires are 255/45/18
    and springs are 1.6" lowering springs

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    Found a 93 in a junk yard to get the parts I need to do the swap. I broke the header panel getting the bumper off oh well Ill deal with it for now till I get a new one.

    Car is going to get worse before it gets better

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    Dope! I always thought these were FWD ahaha. I'd love to see this thing do a burnout.

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    @𝔳𝔦𝔳𝔢_𝔪𝔢𝔪𝔬𝔯_𝔩𝔢𝔱𝔦

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    Thank you, yeah the reason I like the car is because most people won't know what it is. haha but its v8 rwd with good chassis/suspension.

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    The wheels and tires got here!

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    Tried them on real quick before work.

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    Got the lowering springs. side by side they don't look any shorter.

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    First time using a spring compressor, pretty nervous at first but I got the hang of it.

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    Here is before and after, still too high I know but it will have to do for now.

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    This is promising. Super interested to see where this goes.

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    Not sure if this is helpful but I think QA1 has coilovers.
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    I had a 1990 Thunderbird Supercoupe in High School. It had the supercharged V6 and a 5 speed. Loved that car.

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    Thank you, yeah I'm probably going to get those.

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    Finally got the tires mounted.

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    Took the bumpers and hood to get painted. I'm liking the no bumper look.

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    I put the other front end back on it because I'm getting in trouble with my HOA. With the wheels I actually like it now. To late now I already sent the other front end to paint.

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    The new bumper will be much cooler. Looks pretty aggressive on those new wheels. Most likely you'll need much shorter springs to get it lower though
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    This has a lot of promise.

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    Id like to flush mount a big screen into the dash that is either an android radio, iPad, or has Apple CarPlay.

    Here I am using an old double din radio I had to see how it would fit. I don't like it, to much waisted space.

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    Soundman in cali did an iPad mini in his Tbird and it fits perfectly because iPad screen is 4:3 unlike all other screens I find that are 16:9. taller so it fills the space better. Just not sure if I like the look of having an iPad because its to noticeable that its an iPad.

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    Removed the carpet and cleaned it using carpet cleaner and drill brush.

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    Went to the junk yard again and got some small pieces and carpet for the trunk.

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    Here's the new one, it had a big rust stain but I was able to get it mostly out.
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    Found some rust spots under the carpet so I sprayed some rust reformer on them.

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    Went to pick up the hood and bumpers today but saw some bubbles in the hood and other problems on the front bumper so I'm having them repaint them. the rear bumper was good enough so I went ahead and put it on.

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    Got the new headlights and hood emblem. Just waiting on paint.

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    Got the car registered finally. Seems to get a hot after driving for 15 mins.

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    Rear tires were rubbing when I hit bumps so I rolled the rear fenders.

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    The previous owner put a radiator fan from a mustang on this car and it doesn't fit right, look at the gap! So I got an original thunderbird fan from a junk yard and put that on.

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    New fan no more gap.

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    So far it seems to have helped my cooling issue.
    Last edited by Matt2low; 05-20-2020 at 08:20 AM.

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