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Thread: My totaled '89 SC Daily Driver

  1. #76
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Groth View Post
    Some moving parts here - so I'll outline it the best I can without boring too much.

    I bought Dave Clark's 1.7 AR over the winter when he is decided on upgrading to the 2.3. Bought his setup with the understanding the "kit" would be sent to Ken to use to fab up the new 2.3 intake plenums, return plenums etc. Seeing as Ken is finishing up Dave's stuff - the 1.7 kit should be on it's way to the east coast to be installed. The tentative date is end of May beginning of June.

    While all of this was taking place, (knowing there was some down time) I sent all my parts off to be chromed just the same as Dave's - so everything will be chromed just like his - brackets, tensioners, alternator, throttle body, pulleys, water neck, sent the MP FMIC pipes to be chromed...pretty much anything that the eye can see will be chromed. The AC compressor will be Polished however...anyways should look "show worthy" in the engine bay. On top of that several new parts, switching to MP FMIC w/ griffin radiator, AR Kit, 95mm MP TB, 4" intake, slot MAF,re- installing A/C, Wide band setup, snow kit and several other maintenance items. Also picked up the chrome oil cap cover and the new aluminum bleeder cap...

    As for the car - it's been taking up space at Chris Vining's shop...he made the comment a few years ago "You should just let me fix this thing right over the winter..." so I took him up on it in 2015, but with the understanding to take his time and not so much worry about a timeline. He started working on it end of 2016 after I gathered most of the new parts ...then Dave offered the AR kit...so that moved the timeline back again...and well here we are.

    Once it's done, it should be finished and not a pieced and patched together project without end in sight.

    -Tim
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  2. #77
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    Pulled the new engine this weekend to help my nephew get the ball rolling on his build. Motor is from one of my project cars...figure a 94/95 Bottom end would be a good starting point. Engine is now on the stand and well get all new bearings and rings. Heads on this engine came with 1100 dollars worth of rebuilding/porting/polishing and also a mild cam. Had the engine removed in 30 mins given the car came with 90% of the parts in the trunk.

    I'll keep updating as the progression moves forward...

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    -Tim
    Current Collection
    1994 Thunderbird SC - Auto converted to 5spd

    1995 Thunderbird SC - Auto

    1994 Thunderbird SC - 5spd
    1989 Thunderbird SC - 5spd - Daily Driver
    1990 Thunder/Cougar XR7 - 5spd
    1994 Thunderbird SC - 3v Project

  3. #78
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    So almost 2 years later...wow time flys, finally going to work on rebuilding the engine that was pulled from a parts car. At that time I knew it to be a clean long block...but didnt know who assembled it so tear down and a stock freshen up was the game plan.

    I have been asking my nephew for over a year to bring me the engine and motor stand so I could help him freshen up the engine. Needless to say 2 years of an engine laying around in a pole barn wasn't friendly.

    Found the following last night when I pulled the old pan. Thank God no critters where still at home lol

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    -Tim
    Current Collection
    1994 Thunderbird SC - Auto converted to 5spd

    1995 Thunderbird SC - Auto

    1994 Thunderbird SC - 5spd
    1989 Thunderbird SC - 5spd - Daily Driver
    1990 Thunder/Cougar XR7 - 5spd
    1994 Thunderbird SC - 3v Project

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    Very interested to watch the rebuild

  5. #80
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    just a quick hose down

    just give it a quick hose down with the garden hose and let it go...lol. Now how much other stuff did those little guys get into?? time to get a couple of barn cats to roam in your building.... good luck....Rich
    Too many cars,too little time to drive them. Anything less than 500 cubes is a small block. If you slow down in life you will get run over..

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    Quote Originally Posted by pro street rich View Post
    just give it a quick hose down with the garden hose and let it go...lol. Now how much other stuff did those little guys get into?? time to get a couple of barn cats to roam in your building.... good luck....Rich
    Thankfully the car and the engine are in 2 different locations so should be fine otherwise.

    Tore the rest of the motor down last night. Everything considered the journals look clean and the cam lobes also look to be clean. Everything will be heading off to the machine shop to be hot tanked, polished and checked before I start reassembly. Cylinder #3 on the block is a bit corroded so I hope a light hone is all that's needed to accommodate a stock rebuild.

    Did find the cam and ported heads I was told the motor had also so that's a good thing. Also glad I tore it down besides the obvious reasons the overuse of permatex on this orginal assembly was something I've never seen before.

    Also if anyone can help me with the specs on the cam - I tried to use Comp Cams website to get some answers but didn't know which number to use to get details. I'd love to make sure that the correct length pushrods and rockers are used at time of assembly.

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    -Tim
    Last edited by Tim Groth; 04-17-2019 at 11:44 AM.
    Current Collection
    1994 Thunderbird SC - Auto converted to 5spd

    1995 Thunderbird SC - Auto

    1994 Thunderbird SC - 5spd
    1989 Thunderbird SC - 5spd - Daily Driver
    1990 Thunder/Cougar XR7 - 5spd
    1994 Thunderbird SC - 3v Project

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