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#1 cyberquest

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Posted 14 September 2016 - 01:08 PM

my oldest son is 16 and we have been looking for a car for him as his first car, and nothing scream AWESOME to a 16yr old like a Ford Thunderchicken.....lmao.

its got a small block v8, new tires, and the interior is in pretty good shape, biggest flaws in the interior is a small rip in the drivers seat and because its red interior the tops of the rear seats are faded. the exterior is a little rough but i happen to know a guy that does some paint and bodywork. :D

the car runs and drives amazing and at 65 it drives straight as a arrow with no shakes or shimmy.

we paid $800 for it.

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if he wrecks into another kid in a ricer honda hes gonna total the honda and have to get out of this thing and scrap the paint off the bumper of his car....lmao. this bad boy weighs in at a little over 3300 pounds so thats a lot of steel to protect him.
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Posted 14 September 2016 - 01:34 PM

Nice! I'm working on a 74 LTD now.
I'd ditch the trim on the top & sides. Maybe pull in the bumpers & add a tear drop hood scoop.
Then? TWIN TURBO'S !!!

What rear end does it have? 9"?  8.8?

Has your son ever seen a carburetor?  :lol:

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Posted 14 September 2016 - 02:07 PM

Makes me think of Bad Grandpa
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Posted 14 September 2016 - 02:08 PM

not sure on the rear end, and no hes never seen a carb before but wouldnt know what a TBI or MPI was either...lol.

this is just a temporary car for him, come tax time we are probably going to replace the wifes pathfinder and he will end up with it. this car is just so he can prove he can drive without being a idiot. :lol:

now since this car has a small block v8 in it i can see it being turned into a weekend drag car later down the road. :D
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Posted 14 September 2016 - 03:51 PM

View Postcyberquest, on 14 September 2016 - 01:08 PM, said:

my oldest son is 16 and we have been looking for a car for him as his first car, and nothing scream AWESOME to a 16yr old like a Ford Thunderchicken.....lmao

its got a small block v8, new tires, and the interior is in pretty good shape, biggest flaws in the interior is a small rip in the drivers seat and because its red interior the tops of the rear seats are faded. the exterior is a little rough but i happen to know a guy that does some paint and bodywork. :D

the car runs and drives amazing and at 65 it drives straight as a arrow with no shakes or shimmy.

we paid $800 for it.

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if he wrecks into another kid in a ricer honda hes gonna total the honda and have to get out of this thing and scrap the paint off the bumper of his car....lmao. this bad boy weighs in at a little over 3300 pounds so thats a lot of steel to protect him.

Unfortunately, that's not how it works. Most modern cars are designed to absorb more impact energy than older tanks like this. I've seen more than once a wreck between a newer car and a 30 year old.. The older car almost always shows more body damage and the driver experienced more trauma.

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Posted 14 September 2016 - 04:33 PM

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Posted 14 September 2016 - 06:05 PM

its actually going to look a lot like a car from road kill....lol. we have some plans for the paint but nothing involving making it really look "nice" again.

on paper as far as what the car "books" for i was amazed.
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Posted 07 October 2016 - 07:16 AM

we got all the stereo stuff installed last night, i had to run all new wiring for the speakers because the factory wiring did not agree with the newer stereo. there were 4 positive wires for the speakers and ONE ground wire and all the speakers shared that ground so you could hook up one ground from any of the four channels and it would make all four speakers play, and it sounded horrible.

then i ran the 4ga amp wire to the trunk and that was a bit of a challenge, hardest part was getting the wire from inside the cabin into the trunk. it would have been simple if we could have got the rear seat out but the mounts are tied into the seat belt bolts and after 35 years those bolts didnt want to budge. in fear of snapping off a seat belt bolt my son had to cut through all the padding from the trunk and i had to fish my hand up under the seat blindly trying to find his hand so he could pull the wires through.

we installed a Rockford Fosgate 300w amp and a single 8" Skar Audio sub and it sound way better then i thought it would. he is very happy which makes me happy so it was all worth it. :) his birthday is coming up this month and i ordered a chrome dress up kit for the engine, nothing special just some valve covers and air cleaner but its a good start.

we originally thought the car had the dreaded 255 V8 in it which has absolutely no aftermarket parts for it, then i ran across a post on a V8 forum showing the 255 intake manifold. the 255 has a manifold with open intake runners on it and his is solid so i researched the VIN and turns out it has a 302 in it so aftermarket parts are pretty much limitless. :)
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Posted 07 October 2016 - 05:16 PM

302 is a blessing for sure! now go get the parts!!!

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Posted 07 October 2016 - 05:36 PM

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302 is a blessing for sure! now go get the parts!!!



TURBO!
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Posted 07 October 2016 - 07:19 PM

LOL.

you can get cheap twin turbo kit on ebay for about $800 but thats just the headers, turbos, intercooler, and piping. and your not gonna run twin turbos through a 2 barrel carb so there would be a lot more involved.

i am gonna do a couple low buck things to it. my buddy has a set of V8 heads from a Mercury Mountaineer which for some reason the heads on those motors flow a lot better then normal 302 heads. from research i have done on them they are good  for about 20-40 HP and he only wants $50 for them so thats a good place to start.

here is the old two prong factory stereo, you can only imagine how this thing sounded. :lol:
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here it is with the new stereo in it. you can also see the push button start just beside the manual mirror adjustment.
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for now its got my old L shaped console box out of my escape in it that has a Skar Audio 8" sub in it, with a a old school Rockford Fosgate 300w amp.
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Posted 08 October 2016 - 09:53 PM

Hey it may be ugly but it's on the Fox platform, lots of potential there. Yes the Ford Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer 5.0 V8's had upgraded GT40 heads from the factory.

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my shaft was big i dont know what your talking about.

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Posted 22 October 2016 - 08:38 PM

we made a new speaker box for it. :)

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first test fit, fits nice and snug.
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normally i use Truck Bed coating but on this one we sprayed it with some stuff called Make it Stone and i will clear it in the morning to protect the finish and seal it up real good.
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Posted 23 October 2016 - 04:02 PM

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Posted 28 October 2016 - 06:19 AM

That box looks great. If the carpet was refreshed it would almost be the same color. Good job. How does it sound?

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Posted 28 October 2016 - 11:21 AM

its sound pretty good for a single 8" subwoofer.

it will sound better once i fix the giant hole in the drivers side quarter panel that make the trunk not actually sealed so some of the sound is escaping out that whole and not going into the cabin. the sound from this box has a much deeper sound to it and you can "feel" it more in the seat of your paints. now that the box is done i need to finish routing the amp wiring and get it mounted somewhere. i also have a new set of speakers to install in the rear deck and we may add some ports to the back shelf to allow the sound to come into the cabin more.

he is very happy with it so that the main thing. and its plenty loud enough for a first time driver. :)
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Posted 13 November 2016 - 05:12 AM

i got his amp mounted so its not just laying loose, i added some distribution blocks because i think we may add a 4 channel amp to run the mids and highs. the blocks will allow running power wires for the second block a breeze and i think its going to get my Car Audio battery added too because his lights dim pretty good when the bass hits.
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i also started on some of the bodywork and this thing is like a peice of swiss cheese, everytime i poke something there is a new hole. i may end up trying to find some donor doors for is because his are super rusty on the bottom corners and with winter coming they are so bad they are going to let cold air into the cabin of the car. the holes in the rear quarters are pretty bad too, they are going to have to get some patch panels put over the big parts of the holes and then i am going to spray foam the crap out of them from the inside in an attempt to get the trunk actually sealed off so the sub box will sound better. right now all the sound is escaping out the huge holes and not flowing into the cabin like it should.

trying to sneak and get this work done to the car because i am going to try to get it painted for him for xmas. its gonna be a little more work then i thought so i hope i can get it all done before then...lol.
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Posted 16 November 2016 - 05:24 PM

so far i have been able to keep the car hidden from my son and he hasnt seen all the work i have done to the car. i just got permission from my boss that i can paint the car at work, i have the car all sanded down and ready for paint so i will be doing it in three stages this weekend. tonight i am going to the where the old rag top was with truck bed coating to give it a textured look to give the same effect as the original rag top did. that way that has a day to dry before i do the paint work so it can be masked off.

then thursday night i will paint the bottom color on the car which will be black, then that can sit for two days and saturday night i can paint the top color which i am going to try to match to the original color the best i can. my dad is getting him some baby moon hubcaps and chrome trim rings for the wheels to give it a old school look.


i have also been working on the bodywork and will probably be painting the car this weekend. the top will be similar to original color and the bottom color will be black instead of the original brown. it will also be getting a set of baby moon hubcaps and chrome trim rings to give it a old school look and the wheels will be paint to match the top color.
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i had to rebuild the corner of the A pillar because it was completely rusted away.
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i filled in the side of where the old rag top used to be, i am going to spray this section with black truck bed coating to give it a textured look to simulate the look of the original rag top. the original top was brown that match the bottom color but we are switching the bottom color to black so the "rag top" will also be black.

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Posted 16 November 2016 - 08:37 PM

So when we doing a Cobra upper & lower intake manifold with a Ford Racing B303 cam? :P
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my shaft was big i dont know what your talking about.

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Posted 17 November 2016 - 06:55 AM

as soon as there is NOT a 16yr old driving it everyday.......lmao. i am gonna do a couple things to it over time but nothing right away, my buddy has a set of the gt40 heads i can get for $50. is there something special about this cam you mention??? and as far as the cobra intake stuff.....just the word cobra puts it out of my price range....lol. i was thinking the heads, mild camshaft, better intake and a 4 barrel carb to replace the 2 barrel. i think that will be plenty for him for now.

i did get the top painted last night, it will get the bottom color of the two tone painted tonight hopefully. :)
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