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SWB001
07-20-2010, 08:59 PM
Many of you saw Auto Kraft's SWB Lincoln Mark VIII for sale a few months back. Well, I bought it and got it home finally. I got it cleaned up and snapped a few shots with SWB001. Here's the pics:
http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab307/JeffJ30/SWB006%20Lincoln%20Mark%20VIII/together2.jpg
http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab307/JeffJ30/SWB006%20Lincoln%20Mark%20VIII/together3.jpg
http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab307/JeffJ30/SWB006%20Lincoln%20Mark%20VIII/together4.jpg
http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab307/JeffJ30/SWB006%20Lincoln%20Mark%20VIII/together5.jpg
Here it is in the garage:
http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab307/JeffJ30/SWB006%20Lincoln%20Mark%20VIII/Garage.jpg
Here it is when I picked it up from Auto Kraft with Doug's Chop top mustang:
http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab307/JeffJ30/SWB006%20Lincoln%20Mark%20VIII/SDC17183.jpg

Jeff Bratton
07-20-2010, 09:04 PM
Those are very nice pic's Jeff... Thanks for taking time out to share the pictures with us.:cool:

Toms-SC
07-20-2010, 09:04 PM
Very nice. Looks like it went to a proper collector! I'd love to see a SWB lined up against a normal bird.

David Neibert
07-20-2010, 10:36 PM
Really nice collection of cars...I dream of one day having that much garage space.

David

SWB001
07-20-2010, 11:23 PM
Thanks, I've been working on the garage for a couple years now. Here's my favorite part. I took a 2006 Mustang GT hood, cut it out and mounted a 42" flat screen in from the back. Great for those times when you get kicked out of the house! :D
http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab307/JeffJ30/GarageTV.jpg

Kurt K
07-20-2010, 11:31 PM
Thanks, I've been working on the garage for a couple years now. Here's my favorite part. I took a 2006 Mustang GT hood, cut it out and mounted a 42" flat screen in from the back. Great for those times when you get kicked out of the house! :D
http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab307/JeffJ30/GarageTV.jpg
Hmm, might have found a use for my old SC hood.:D

Nice pictures of the cars, too.

Brad2296
07-22-2010, 06:20 PM
The cars look great.

I have only one question though....

Other then looks, what is the point of doing a SWB?

92sclikenew
07-22-2010, 08:56 PM
Other then looks, what is the point of doing a SWB?

with out knowing i would assume weight savings

XR7Kurt
07-23-2010, 10:52 AM
Other then looks, what is the point of doing a SWB?

Also without knowing I would assume better handling. Seriously though, I think it's to make washing the car faster.

SWB001
07-23-2010, 06:00 PM
Handling, handling, handling. These cars were originally thought out by Ford and then racer Kenny Brown. Kenny wanted to race the Thunderbird in the SCCA World Challenge (then known as the Escort series). The Thunderbird has such better suspension for adjusting to racing stock for stock then the Mustang at the time for sure. However the size made the thought of racing the car, well, not so much. 8" was just the amount that allowed the cars to be put back together without so much major work such as reworking the doors, etc. As it turned out this would have made the Thunderbird a monster at the track. Auto Kraft in Lincoln, NE was chosen to do the conversions. It was hamologated by the SCCA. However you had to be a manufacturer to race a non factory car in the series. The plan was to build at least 250 Super Coupes a year for the street to be sold through Ford dealers. However that is when Kenny went through a divorse and moved from Omaha, NE to Indianaplois. The project was scraped in all the transition and only three production cars were finished at the time. My 001 was the prototype, and then 005 was built later at a customer request. My 006 Lincoln was also built as a prototype since the VIII is on the same chassis as the Bird. Doug at Auto Kraft just thought it would be fun and built the Lincoln for his wife since he still had the jig to do the converstion. Weight savings is also there, but not really that much. At the most, there is only about 100-150lb of steel removed. If it were to be a race car, all other standard weight reduction items would be in place and the car would probably come in around the 2,800lb mark as a race car. That's about it!

XxSlowpokexX
07-23-2010, 06:33 PM
I was eyeing that lincoln..Was talking to Doug about it via emails then I smacked myself silly a bit. I DONT HAVE THE GARAGE SPACE YOU DO! I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Glad to see it in good hands!