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trashline
Gearhead

Posts: 2230
From: Levittown, Pa
Registered: Dec 2003

posted 02-18-2005 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for trashline        Reply w/Quote
pretty sure this will be my new ride. 88 thunderbird turbo coupe. just seeing what everyones opinion are on these chickens.

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1966 coupe
200ci, 3.03 3 speed
holley weber two barrel, msd 6a, blaster 2 coil, Duraspark I, 2 inch exhaust to a super turbo, stock rear (3.20),ram air(homemade)
white w/ black interior, soon be painted (i hope) with the R model apron

1968 Ford Fairlane 289 auto rotting away

1979 f150 300 six with a three on the tree

SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 03-18-2005 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
T-bird owners are a shy bunch...

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 351C 4V/FMX/3.25 Open
'70 Mustang Convertible 250 I6/3 speed/2.79 Open
'72 Mustang Sprint Hardtop 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Loc
'94 F-150 XL 5.8L/E4OD/3.55 Limited Slip

trashline
Gearhead

Posts: 2230
From: Levittown, Pa
Registered: Dec 2003

posted 03-18-2005 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for trashline        Reply w/Quote
NOT ME... took exactly a month for someone to respond.

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88 thunderbird TC 2.3L
66 mustang 200ci 3 speed
68 Fairlane 289 w/ auto
79 f150 300 3 onda tree

SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
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posted 03-18-2005 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
...and I don't even have a T-bird.

How is your car coming along?

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 351C 4V/FMX/3.25 Open
'70 Mustang Convertible 250 I6/3 speed/2.79 Open
'72 Mustang Sprint Hardtop 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Loc
'94 F-150 XL 5.8L/E4OD/3.55 Limited Slip

[This message has been edited by SteveLaRiviere (edited 03-18-2005).]

trashline
Gearhead

Posts: 2230
From: Levittown, Pa
Registered: Dec 2003

posted 03-18-2005 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for trashline        Reply w/Quote
good steve, I should have a couple pics soon that you can add to the page too.

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88 thunderbird TC 2.3L
66 mustang 200ci 3 speed
68 Fairlane 289 w/ auto
79 f150 300 3 onda tree

393Bird
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From: Clarksville Tn.
Registered: Feb 2004

posted 03-21-2005 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 393Bird        Reply w/Quote
I would of replied, butknow nothing about those years. I had a few early year Birds, with the last a 62 vert. I got back into Birds when I ordered this one in the Fall of 92.

Ford really screwed up when they dropped the Bird, Cougar, and the Mark VIII. Then came out with toy replacements for them that could not compete with the other toy cars. Toy cars, and Tank SUVs,

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1993 Tbird
393 stroker, 3500 RPM converter
http://members.tccoa.com/393bird/

Marty Buth
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posted 03-29-2005 03:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marty Buth        Reply w/Quote
I have an '86 T-bird turbo coupe. It is the current stock national record holder in NHRA I/FIA with a time of 12.56 @ 104.72 MPH.

Marty

trashline
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posted 03-29-2005 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for trashline        Reply w/Quote
so i am assuming the word stock in there means the car is stock correct? thats pretty good Id say.

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88 thunderbird TC 2.3L
66 mustang 200ci 3 speed
68 Fairlane 289 w/ auto
79 f150 300 3 onda tree

Marty Buth
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posted 03-30-2005 08:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marty Buth        Reply w/Quote
The rules for stock eliminator require you to have the original part numbers for the cylinder head and the manifold, with NO porting, polishing, or even deburring. The stock cam lift is required, but you can modify the duration. Stock pistons, crank, connecting rods are also required. You can change the torque converter and lighten transmission parts. Racing fuel up to 116 octane is allowed. Must be legal wieght for the class, which is based on the NHRA factored horsepower and the pounds per horsepower of your class. My car weighed 3120 pounds when I set the record.

Marty

trashline
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posted 03-30-2005 11:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for trashline        Reply w/Quote
Hey that is cool. so im assuming you used the stock t3 turbo for this? that is unbelivable for a car like this. My 88 has the "IHI" turbo they call it. it doesnt push anything past 19-20 psi. but i like the car alot extremely fun. getting new tires so I hope this thing will handle descent in inclemate weather.

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88 thunderbird TC 2.3L
66 mustang 200ci 3 speed
68 Fairlane 289 w/ auto
79 f150 300 3 onda tree

Marty Buth
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posted 03-30-2005 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marty Buth        Reply w/Quote
It is a stock T-3. The tech officials measured all of the fins and looked for any proting of the housings when I set the record, so it has to be stock. I have heard that the IHI turbo on the 87 and 88 T-birds will spool up qyicker but they won't put out as high of boost as the T-3. I personally like the looks for the 87 and 88 better than the 86.

Marty

trashline
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posted 03-30-2005 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for trashline        Reply w/Quote
man that is cool. I like the fact that it has an innercooler. and I like the look of the front end.

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88 thunderbird TC 2.3L
66 mustang 200ci 3 speed
68 Fairlane 289 w/ auto
79 f150 300 3 onda tree

Fordwiser
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From: Metamora, Illinois
Registered: Dec 2000

posted 04-01-2005 06:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fordwiser        Reply w/Quote
Hey Marty do you have to use the AOD or can you switch to c-4? What rear end gear, and how high do you rev it?
Not trying to steal any secrets, just think it's cool!
Talked to you at Byron a few years ago, when you were testing your Pinto wagon.
I have a 80 T-Bird
http://mustangsandmore.50megs.com/MembersPics/Fordwiser.html

Roger

Marty Buth
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posted 04-04-2005 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marty Buth        Reply w/Quote
Roger,

I shift around 5300 and go through the finish line aorund 5600 RPM. I have a set of 4.10 and 4.56 rear end gears. I use both gears depending on which class I am running.

Marty
I/FIA NHRA National Record Holder
12.56 @ 104.72

Marty Buth
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posted 04-04-2005 09:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marty Buth        Reply w/Quote
Roger,

I forgot to mention that I use the C-4. You can use any 3 speed automatic which Ford made.

Marty

trashline
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posted 04-04-2005 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for trashline        Reply w/Quote
I was planning on going to the local track with the tbird once i get the trans back from the shop.ive never raced a turbo let alone raced. can you give me any pointers? with radial tires too. im not expecting much just want to have some fun

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88 thunderbird TC 2.3L
66 mustang 200ci 3 speed
68 Fairlane 289 w/ auto
79 f150 300 3 onda tree

Marty Buth
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posted 04-05-2005 08:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marty Buth        Reply w/Quote
I would be glad to give you some pointers. First, tell me what you want to accomplish and a little about your combination. Is it a stick or automatic. Do you have the stock computer or an aftermarket? What gas are you running? How much boost? Are your radials street or drag radials?

Thanks,
Marty

trashline
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posted 04-05-2005 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for trashline        Reply w/Quote
well the car is stock with the exception of the gillis boost valve. t5 . street radials. and at 16 psi. Im not really out for compitition merly to just have fun. Ive been to tracks but Ive never raced.

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88 thunderbird TC 2.3L
66 mustang 200ci 3 speed
68 Fairlane 289 w/ auto
79 f150 300 3 onda tree

Marty Buth
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posted 04-05-2005 02:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marty Buth        Reply w/Quote
Since you have never raced, my suggestion is to turn the boost down to around 12 PSI, a real safe setting, and practice doing a burn out, staging the car, and leaving the line. This is a real difficult part to learn. I would get real comfortable with that part of it and not try to kill the car. When you get that part down and you really want to see what the car will do, you can turn the boost up. Holding the car in the staging beams and holding a steady RPM for launch is difficult.
After you do this, let me know how it works out and then we can talk about more things to try at the track. The main thing is keep the boost down and don't lunch out a head gasket.
Marty

trashline
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posted 04-06-2005 09:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for trashline        Reply w/Quote
ok cool i apprecite the pointers.

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88 thunderbird TC 2.3L
66 mustang 200ci 3 speed
68 Fairlane 289 w/ auto
79 f150 300 3 onda tree

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