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#1 Scalper

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 05:15 AM

Hello.. This is a project that i think will look cool.. I will be taking the 55 chassis and adding the 87 t bird body and interior. I want to keep the hood stock. love the lines. so thinking of a twin turbo set up for this one. still not sure if I will be using the stock t-bird engine or the one from the 55.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 05:43 AM

How about the mod motor from one of the newer Mustangs?

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 05:52 AM

How about the mod motor from one of the newer Mustangs?


The new 5 litter? I also have a bunch of nascar engines at my moms house. hmmmm

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 06:17 AM

'87 T-birds make great race/pro street cars. However, you might be saving a lot of work to use this kit as a base...the hard work is done for you already.

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I would have to agree with you Mark. I would love to have that Kit. I would build it right out of the box.
With this one was thinking as much stock body work as possible except for the Obvious goody's I want to add. And the Loud Paint. :lol:

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 06:41 AM

I get it. I just wanted to be sure you knew that one was out there. They're old now, but easy and cheap to find. Hate to see you do tons of bodywork if it was just a "didn't know" thing. Can't wait to see yours taking (more) shape.


Yes this one will test my skills. The Tub from the 55 fits almost perfect. Might cut half of the t-bird chassis and us the front. not sure yet. This will test my skill level and patience. could take awhile.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 07:14 AM

Andre.......you got a great start buddy.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 09:17 AM

I like the idea of this But I might suggest dumping the T bird Engine I don't think that little 2.3 would be enough to power a big bad drag car

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 04:49 PM

Chevy chassis, Ford body......needs a DODGE motor!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 01:22 PM

Well There has been a change of plans for this one. I am going to build it stock. I might put some Cragars on them. Will do some mock ups tonight.

This is what I have worked on so far.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 03:24 PM

Rear Axle mounted.

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 02:21 AM

I would have to agree with you Mark. I would love to have that Kit. I would build it right out of the box.
With this one was thinking as much stock body work as possible except for the Obvious goody's I want to add. And the Loud Paint. B)


I wish that kit would be repopped (even without decals). It makes a great donor kit for other Ford-based pro-stocks. You can get original issues of the kit on eBay, but the scalpers want a LOT of money for them. I recently got one to serve just as a pattern for my own homemade chassis, and for test fitting the motor and tires in other kits.

I get it. I just wanted to be sure you knew that one was out there. They're old now, but easy and cheap to find. Hate to see you do tons of bodywork if it was just a "didn't know" thing. Can't wait to see yours taking (more) shape.



Easy, yes, but cheap, not so much. Think $30-$50...

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 02:22 AM

I like the idea of this But I might suggest dumping the T bird Engine I don't think that little 2.3 would be enough to power a big bad drag car


Look for a Ross Gibson resin motor - he makes a lot of different ones including a pro-stock boss 429.

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 04:28 PM

I now have the front suspension and that completed. Trying to figure out what wheels to put on. Here are some ideas I have. had a hard time keeping the wheels straight and that for mock up . But it should give me a basic idea.

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Tell me what rims you like best.
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Posted 03 June 2011 - 04:26 AM

Do you guys know what color the stock turbo engine should be?

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 03:24 PM

Did some work on the engine. Just have to do the belt assembly. Then I will mount the wheels before putting the engine in the chassis.

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 04:12 PM

Love that color!!

Wheel combo #5.

What kind of wiring are you using on your engine?

Looks great keep going.

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 04:21 PM

Thanks for the comment,

The wires are from fake looking i-pod headphones they look more red then what it looks in the picture.

I think I will be with wheel set #5. The back tires are nascar slicks and will fit perfectly. not as shown in mock up.

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 05:05 PM

My pleasure.

Good use of headphones :lol: I take it they didnt work anymore.

I really liked the look of those rims. And i'm glad those slicks will fit and it'll work out for you. I know some of these kits dont leave much wheel well room. Should look real nice :D

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 05:07 PM

Oh wait LOL I just got that "fake looking ipod headphones". So the headphones werent real in the first place. Takes me a while sometimes but I get it eventually :D

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 04:00 PM

Do you guys know what color the stock turbo engine should be?


Black, semi gloss.