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INDANGERED_BIRD
07-21-2010, 10:25 PM
Nick has bin looking for a new project and thanks to RJ he has found one and its a full package :eek:
i dragged it to the shop Friday night and he has bin going ever since we soddered up some of the wiring harnesses that the rat chewed though put a battery in it and fired it up
it lives !!!! i guess from sitting something has gone bad it seams to have a blown head gasket but no water in the oil just exhaust coming out of the rad. and coolant out the exhaust pipes.(as far as i know it should be the other way)
but he wanted to do a complete Restoration so here it is :eek:
he started with removing the exhaust system then the fuel tank then the drive shaft transmission and engine
tomorrow the interior and the dash
he is on his way and happy (oh boy)
more to come as it comes:cool:

SuperChicken89
07-22-2010, 10:25 PM
It's great to see that RJ's 90 Anniversary went to a good home. From what I can remember, the car was in pretty good shape.

Keep us posted on the progress.

Bryan

Flip
07-23-2010, 06:05 PM
OK, I give you guys 45 days and would expect a set of photos that show it complete and done. :D I will stop by and verify also.

INDANGERED_BIRD
07-26-2010, 08:38 PM
moving right along and look what we found i little hole in between the two valves:eek: so the heads are out at the head shop
and Mr nick found a 5 sped trans at the u pull and pay and as you can see he spent the day pulling it out :eek:

INDANGERED_BIRD
07-26-2010, 08:41 PM
and here are some of the super coupes at the junk yard

INDANGERED_BIRD
07-26-2010, 08:43 PM
a few more

Jake
07-26-2010, 10:30 PM
is that junk yard in Bithlo?

SuperChicken89
07-26-2010, 10:43 PM
Which pull-n-pay yard is that? Doesn't look like LKQ on Hwy 50..... maybe the one down by OIA?

I'm interested in the 2 white SC's

Bryan

Flip
08-01-2010, 05:43 PM
They did not tell about the Griffin Rad. that they pulled for very cheap out of one of those cars. What a deal. :D

SuperChicken89
08-01-2010, 09:45 PM
They did not tell about the Griffin Rad. that they pulled for very cheap out of one of those cars. What a deal. :D

Nice, very nice!

Bryan

INDANGERED_BIRD
08-11-2010, 08:00 AM
well its bin kinda busy at work the last two weeks (this is a good thing) but it doses get in the way of working on the black bird. while the heads are out we started to clean up some of the other engine parts get them ready for paint and Assembly while cleaning the intake we found another rot hole just over the thermostat thanks to Flip (Dr. Flip) had a spare the heads are on hope to put the intake on today and some other stuff (and there is lots of stuff OMG :eek:) Heres some pics of a very proud Nick torquing down his heads

XR7Kurt
08-11-2010, 03:43 PM
I forgot what those plastic balancer covers looked like.:p

Cobra85
08-15-2010, 07:29 PM
Especially one that was not all ground down due to the ears being broken :p

INDANGERED_BIRD
08-16-2010, 08:04 PM
moving right along slow but moving (i hate when work gets in the way of having fun) the wiring harness is out and over the weekend Mr nick want to town with the degreaser and the presser washer and removed the doors and today he installed the intake (thanks again Flip)

INDANGERED_BIRD
08-16-2010, 08:06 PM
more pics oooohhhhhh uuuuuuhhhhhh:D

Flip
08-17-2010, 01:42 PM
Wow, that engine compartment does look allot cleaner than the last time I saw it. Little welding, little prime and ready to paint. :D

kamakazie_1
10-10-2010, 09:18 AM
Hey guys, how's the updoo going on the Anny??

RJ

INDANGERED_BIRD
10-10-2010, 07:52 PM
well i have bin away
(Oktoberfest in Munich) 6 million liters of beer in 2 weeks:eek::eek: lots of fun but anyway to the car nick has bin working hard the engine is almost back together we painted the engine compartment today and he picked up the front end parts (upper and lower control arms with ball joints inner and outer tie-rod ends front and rear sway bar links toe compensator's sway bar bushings) so this week he will be dropping the k frame clean paint in stall new parts

as you can see he is very into his work :rolleyes:

Chris

INDANGERED_BIRD
10-10-2010, 09:00 PM
more pics:eek: black sealer over the yellow zinc primer

INDANGERED_BIRD
10-10-2010, 09:02 PM
black base coat over sealer

INDANGERED_BIRD
10-10-2010, 09:04 PM
clear over base ooooohhh shineeeeeeeee

INDANGERED_BIRD
10-10-2010, 09:07 PM
and the motor all but the supercharger

Payton
10-10-2010, 09:19 PM
and the motor all but the supercharger

Wow, lot's of work. Great stuff.

Flip
10-10-2010, 09:37 PM
Looks like typical Ford dealership work to me.:p You guys must of got all the holes welded up.. Look great, you should be done real quick. :D

INDANGERED_BIRD
10-10-2010, 11:09 PM
Looks like typical Ford dealership work to me.:p

ouch :eek::):)
well at least i don't work in the body shop:D this is just a passtime (lots of passtime)

Mr Flip hows the weekend going still must be a little crowed at your place

Flip
10-11-2010, 04:32 AM
ouch :eek::):)
well at least i don't work in the body shop:D this is just a passtime (lots of passtime)

Mr Flip hows the weekend going still must be a little crowed at your place

I was meaning it as a complement. :D

The weekend went great, my son and his new bride are flying out this morning. Now it's just clean up.:eek:

INDANGERED_BIRD
10-11-2010, 07:44 AM
Hey mr Flip
are we still going to the winter garden show sat.
looking forward to it i think nick is going to

great to hear all has gone well over the weekend

Flip
10-11-2010, 07:48 AM
Sounds like a plan to me, I'll call you.

kamakazie_1
10-11-2010, 11:05 AM
MAN, I so wanted to be able to do just that to that car myself Nick!! I'm so glad he's been able to do it right, I can't wait to see it finished.. Absolutely my dream of what should be done to it..

RJ

PS, those first few pictures it looks like YOU were enjoying your work!! :D 64OZ at a time!

INDANGERED_BIRD
10-24-2010, 07:56 PM
sorry no pics but we removed all the suspension and the k frame cleaned and painted the k frame and put in new suspension parts then the wiring harnesses (oh my god what have we done all these plugs and wires :eek::):rolleyes:) and dropped the motor in

just having fun
chris

INDANGERED_BIRD
10-24-2010, 07:58 PM
some more pics

SuperChicken89
10-24-2010, 08:21 PM
That SC is going to look great... better than the day it rolled off the assembly line. You guys have gotten more done in a few months than I accomplished in several years on my Cougar. Just wish I had that kind of time.

Bryan

kamakazie_1
10-24-2010, 11:35 PM
Looking great Chris, kudos to Nick, tell him to hang in there.. I've got to make it over to see the progress.... Such a great build, I love y'alls attention to detail on this.. Is he going back automatic or is he going to make it manual??

RJ

Flip
10-25-2010, 08:09 AM
They really are doing one hell of a job, I was over there the other day and it was up on the lift and the front end looked better than factory new.

INDANGERED_BIRD
12-19-2010, 08:14 PM
hey whats up
sorry i haven't posted in awhile and i haven't taken to many pictures lately but nick has bin moving forward the rear ham and sup is in thanks to Dr Flip and his half shafts and the trans is in thanks to ken seegers for a trans mount bracket drive shaft is in and the fuel tank and ext Shields are in now starts the blower thanks to Bryan and his ported late model blower then to the dash and the wiring for the 5spd

i have restored a few cars before:rolleyes: but this one has bin a challenge if it were not for you guys and sccoa i don't think we would have gotten this far this fast nick is having lots of fun with this and so am i thanks for your help in the past and for the loads of help to come

merry Christmas to all
Chris
Nick
hope to have pics up soon

SuperChicken89
12-20-2010, 06:16 PM
now starts the blower thanks to Bryan and his ported late model blower


It's no longer my ported late model blower. It belongs to Nick now:D That blower should work well on the early model SC and will look OEM.

Keep up the good work.

Bryan

INDANGERED_BIRD
12-25-2010, 08:32 PM
AS PROMISED PICS :cool:

INDANGERED_BIRD
12-25-2010, 08:33 PM
Last three

ricardoa1
12-26-2010, 04:21 AM
You are lifting the front from a really bad spot. Put the lift arms on the frame rails next time, that area will crush if the car had its full weight on it.

INDANGERED_BIRD
12-26-2010, 08:53 AM
Yes i saw that to nick moved the arms to put some undercoating on the spots where the arms where lifting the car now the car is off the lift and closer to my tool box to work on the top of the motor

thanks for stopping by Ricardo nick is hopping to put the dash back in next week he has printed out you thread on the wiring for the 5spd we will see how that gos :eek: thanks again for your help

Chris

Flip
12-28-2010, 04:21 PM
As always the Chris & nick team does some great work, just waiting to see this baby finished.:D:D

kamakazie_1
12-28-2010, 10:47 PM
Man, the little extra's you guys are doing will make this thing last for ever, great work Nick and Chris..

I never could have done it with this much love and care, I don't have the shop or the tools to go as far as you guys did..

can't wait to see it finished..

RJ

INDANGERED_BIRD
01-05-2011, 09:40 PM
well still going
just a few pics
motor just about done just rad hoses, batt.,SC oil, plug wires, throttle body
then on to the dash and hopefully this thing will start up

Chris

ThunderChecken
01-05-2011, 09:45 PM
What color is your SCer & plumbing ? Looks sharp :)

INDANGERED_BIRD
01-07-2011, 09:45 AM
the color we used is a RM tint color its a very very very fine silver metallic for painting wheels code D-121 and it didn't come out as well as i was thinking it would we found out the hard way you can't just paint it over a sanded surface nick sprayed a base of silver first (first miscalculation should have bin black) then sanded it with 2000 sand paper and sprayed it with the d-121 (second miscalculation) you can't spray over sanded parts the tint is to fine that even 2000 grit sanding marks show up so spray it again with the base silver then right to the tint then it looks good then clear but i think its too silver nick thinks it's OK and it is his car so on the car it want

Chris

kamakazie_1
01-15-2011, 12:36 PM
well still going
just a few pics
motor just about done just rad hoses, batt.,SC oil, plug wires, throttle body
then on to the dash and hopefully this thing will start up

Chris

And all the wires are contiguous!! No Chewed ends... man that looks nice.

RJ

INDANGERED_BIRD
03-22-2011, 07:41 PM
well sorry guys
not talking to much but let me fill you in after getting the engine together and in the car and wired up then the moment of truth and believe it or not it fired right up ran great till it warmed up than it started to knocking so OK give it a break for a few days and think
now lets see if its got oil presser well it dose
next step is pull it out
pulled the mains and rod caps off the bearing are shot and had some black pitting so i think it had some water in it at some time well just keep going brought the crank to the machine shop the crank is no good
well some more thinking (this is not good for me) then on to xr7dave after bugging the poop out of him nick want with (Dave's recommendation) 30 over new pistons, piston rings, main bearings, rod bearings,cam bearings, XR7Dave cam, push rods, roller rockers, timing chine, and valve springs
then thanks to Glenn for the motor he had laying around so the block and crank off to the machine shop bored 30 over cleaned decked new frezout plugs got the block back on the 11Th and we worked on to all weekend and by Monday 2:30 am it lives again
nick has lots of pics so i hope to get them up soon

Flip
03-23-2011, 07:22 PM
Cool, so what next on the list????

Cobra85
03-23-2011, 09:20 PM
Chris,
Glad the motor from the 'ol black 93 got put to good use. Can't wait to see some more pics of progress.

INDANGERED_BIRD
03-31-2011, 09:35 AM
well here's the care package from dave :eek:

INDANGERED_BIRD
03-31-2011, 09:41 AM
Now for the block
I saw nick with the camera thinking he was taking lots of pics but no but he took a few

INDANGERED_BIRD
03-31-2011, 09:44 AM
pistons and stuff

INDANGERED_BIRD
03-31-2011, 09:50 AM
that was sat
we finished we did the rest on sunday and put it back in the car

INDANGERED_BIRD
03-31-2011, 09:54 AM
Now the cool stuff he needs to find clear valve covers so you can see this stuff:)

INDANGERED_BIRD
03-31-2011, 09:56 AM
after all that it don't look any diffrent :eek: but it sure sounds great thanks again Dave for you help
Chris:D

kamakazie_1
04-02-2011, 10:14 AM
I can't believe the damage caused by letting it set... How did the paint and everything come out Nick, what did he do with the interior? Wish I could get by and see it...

RJ

Flip
04-03-2011, 04:46 PM
So were is the video of it running..:D:D Have it going to the paint shop yet?

Flip
04-03-2011, 04:47 PM
Now the cool stuff he needs to find clear valve covers so you can see this stuff:)

You can see it again in the next 1000 miles like me.:eek:

INDANGERED_BIRD
04-04-2011, 08:58 PM
Cool, so what next on the list????

well we are going to try to fix the ABS the pump motor is no good goe one from the junk yard and thats NG so we are going to try the big e and see if he can hook us up

INDANGERED_BIRD
04-04-2011, 09:06 PM
You can see it again in the next 1000 miles like me.:eek:

i hope not :eek::eek::eek::eek::D

kamakazie_1
04-05-2011, 12:38 AM
well we are going to try to fix the ABS the pump motor is no good goe one from the junk yard and thats NG so we are going to try the big e and see if he can hook us up

There is an XR7 at u pullit near OIA Chris...

RJ

INDANGERED_BIRD
07-12-2011, 06:36 PM
hello guys
started to work on the bird a little
bin awhile we had to put in a little time for the boss
the abs is working like new thanks to the big e
nick has bin driving it around the lot he said it run and shifts great so now in to the body work he striped all the parts down to the bear medal and here are some pics

INDANGERED_BIRD
07-12-2011, 06:39 PM
hood was a little rough i wasn't thinking when nick asked if he could strip it to wow took off most of the gel coat we worked on the hood for a week sand it claen regelcoat it then bondo and block it out

INDANGERED_BIRD
07-12-2011, 06:43 PM
we painted the hood clear and all just to see how it cameout fixed a few things

INDANGERED_BIRD
07-12-2011, 06:45 PM
zink primer then lt. gray primer

INDANGERED_BIRD
07-12-2011, 06:47 PM
then i got to play a little painted the hood

INDANGERED_BIRD
07-12-2011, 06:50 PM
then nick painted the car
we are hoping to paint the doors trunk and fenders over the weekend

SuperChicken89
07-13-2011, 09:32 AM
Looks great Chris. Nick has been busy for sure working on that car. It is going to look great!

I have two questions though.... why strip the car to bare metal? I don't remember that car having a ton of paint on it to start with. Generally if the factory paint/base isn't lifting from the metal or rusting just use it as a foundation. Why use zinc chromate as your new base? Everything I have read has stated to use an epoxy primer instead. The epoxy primer is water proof and you can put almost anything over it. Where zinc chromate is a little less tollerant to some top coats. On my project 69 Cougar I started out using zinc chromate and later switched to DP90 epoxy primer to cover bare metal. I now know older bare metal shouldn't be covered with zinc chromate. Newer bare metal is better suited for zinc chromate primer.

Oh and a third question.... where is your resporator:rolleyes:

Bryan

INDANGERED_BIRD
07-13-2011, 10:41 PM
hey bryan
thanks i hope it will look good i am not a very good body man and i think with all the time nick is putting in its going to look great
OK now to the respirator i was holing my breath :eek: just showing nick how to do the sunroof jam that and a door hinge is the only thing i got to paint on the body
we striped it down because the paint was not good
the two doors and quarters have bin repainted and not good + it was hit in the left quarter and i wanted to see how bad it was so we striped all the bondo off i did a little hammer and dolly work and put the bondo back on :eek:
now as for the zinc i am a old fart this is the way i was tough to treat bare metal
its self etching zinc and its just one thin coat and then three coats of epoxy primer

chris

Flip
07-15-2011, 04:55 PM
Wait till you see this car in person, they really have done a fantastic job of bringing this SC back to life.

Cobra85
07-15-2011, 09:04 PM
I certainly look forward to seeing this car when complete. You guys have put way more work into it than I did to my 91. :cool:

SuperChicken89
07-16-2011, 03:22 PM
metal
its self etching zinc and its just one thin coat and then three coats of epoxy primer

Chris.... I'm a little concerned with this statement regarding the use of epoxy primer over zinc phosphate.... from what I've read and understand epoxy primer and zinc are not compatible. They don't play well together. I hope I'm wrong but if I were you I'd talk to your paint supplier. I understand zinc phosphate should only be over coated with 2K primer, sealer, and top coats whether they be lacquers, enamel, or urethanes.

Bryan

INDANGERED_BIRD
07-16-2011, 08:50 PM
hey guys
a few more pics
the body out of the booth:cool:
Bryan i am sorry i see where the confusion is this is self etching primer (the color is zinc)

INDANGERED_BIRD
07-16-2011, 08:54 PM
now the rest of the parts:eek:

INDANGERED_BIRD
07-16-2011, 08:57 PM
and now the outside

Flip
07-17-2011, 05:47 PM
Yep, That looks just like my spray booth. :eek::eek:

Flip
08-02-2011, 05:14 PM
Stopped by and saw the boys the other day. You should see how that SC looks.. Oh Man.:eek:

INDANGERED_BIRD
08-06-2011, 07:13 PM
thanks mr. Flip
its starting to shape up
all the windows are in and most of the moldings are on now to the bumpers and ground fx
here is more pics

INDANGERED_BIRD
08-06-2011, 07:16 PM
more pics of the black bird

INDANGERED_BIRD
08-06-2011, 07:17 PM
the rest of the pics

Flip
08-06-2011, 07:44 PM
Damm, you need a new camera.:D

Gregthespy
08-06-2011, 07:47 PM
Damm, you need a new camera.
Agreed, But looking good guys!

INDANGERED_BIRD
08-06-2011, 09:13 PM
thats my cell phone
the last time they came out better

oh well

new camera tomorrow

Greg hows it going ??

INDANGERED_BIRD
08-07-2011, 04:45 PM
ok i will try this again

INDANGERED_BIRD
08-07-2011, 04:49 PM
look the red one :eek:

INDANGERED_BIRD
08-07-2011, 04:51 PM
i hope these are better

INDANGERED_BIRD
08-07-2011, 04:52 PM
and some more

Flip
08-07-2011, 04:56 PM
Much Much better. How did the Tampa parts run go?

INDANGERED_BIRD
08-07-2011, 05:19 PM
Much Much better. How did the Tampa parts run go?

very good found a good door glass,dash face,new window motor,and some other stuff

Brad Klein
08-08-2011, 12:21 PM
love how you can see the reflection of the blower top on the inside of the hood and the slightly darker taillights thats how we did mine

Nick Mustang
08-09-2011, 10:53 PM
FINALY!!!..im here....

INDANGERED_BIRD
08-10-2011, 03:04 PM
look its mr nick
welcome :rolleyes::D:D

Flip
08-10-2011, 07:14 PM
Heh, OMG :eek::eek: welcome.

INDANGERED_BIRD
08-20-2011, 04:12 PM
well here's a few more:eek:
these are the wheels i got with my car we painted like anny wheels

INDANGERED_BIRD
08-20-2011, 04:14 PM
one more pic

INDANGERED_BIRD
08-20-2011, 05:20 PM
:-))))))))))))))

Flip
08-21-2011, 05:24 PM
Looks like it's just about done..

Nick Mustang
08-23-2011, 10:29 PM
not even close

INDANGERED_BIRD
08-23-2011, 10:35 PM
i second that :eek:

INDANGERED_BIRD
09-05-2011, 07:05 PM
frist time we have seen this car with bumpers:eek:

INDANGERED_BIRD
09-05-2011, 07:08 PM
and some more

INDANGERED_BIRD
09-05-2011, 07:09 PM
last two for now

Cobra85
09-14-2011, 09:32 PM
Wouzer dudes :D
Can't wait to see this one in person. Great job you guys! How's the inside going?

Nick Mustang
09-15-2011, 12:24 AM
im not done yet...:)

kamakazie_1
09-19-2011, 11:54 PM
Looks really nice guys..

RJ

kamakazie_1
06-14-2015, 08:13 AM
Has anyone seen or heard from Nick or Chris, I saw Chris' car up for sale last month again, tried to call him for a friend of mine no answer.. Haven't seen anything from Nick on the Anny, I wonder if he still has it..

RJ

Flip
06-20-2015, 09:15 AM
Chris just sold his car and it's off to Omaha, NE, Nick still has the anny.

Mine is back up for sale: http://car.mitula.us/detalle/1834/98155438276155016/1/1/ford-thunderbird-1993-orlando

kamakazie_1
06-20-2015, 10:38 AM
That's cool, yours still owned by the AC guy?

RJ

Flip
06-20-2015, 11:08 AM
That's cool, yours still owned by the AC guy?

RJ

Yep, he's the one that has it up for sale now.