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whale392

TurboCoupe (1987 Variety)

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As Mr Show has a 1987 Thunderbird TurboCoupe build going, and I am terrible about finishing anything, I am a bit reluctant to put this up. Tim Boyd took a shot of this at the Toledo NNL as well, and I have many scratchbuilt parts that did not make it to this particular photoshoot.

This is my take on the 1987 Thunderbird TurboCoupe, as I would build one in 1:1. First, the front fenders ahead of the wheel openings scaled out to be roughly 3" too long. I took .100" out of their length, along with out of the hood. Now I have to pie-cut the fenders above the crease line to bring the taper back into line with the nose. The rear bumper is 2" too long, so .080" was taken out of it and it recontoured as well. The front wheels are custom-turned 21" units and the rears are 23" Pegasus Hobbies sleeves with highly modified 1/32nd scale die-cast wheel centers. The engine front cover is not being used, so I fabricated the lower front cover/pan rail for this, and am building the Volvo B234F DOHC head conversion for this engine (I have the real thing going on right now with my 1984 Mustang GT Turbo). Turbo will be a modified Shucky casting, sitting on a solder tube header.

Anyway, sneek peak time............................................................

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The Volvo head is a 3 piece unit in real life; a lower portion that contains the intake/exhaust ports and all valves/springs, an upper section which contains the cams and all oiling provisions, and the valve cover which also acts to help with the cams/distributor drive arrangement. All I have started right now is the lower head and the Esslinger Ford 2.3 adjustable cam gears. More to come this weekend as pictures are taken.

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This is a cool build, I hope you stay motivated on this. I'd like to do the same thing to the engine of my 1:1 86 Mustang coupe.

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Now this is a model you don't see built very often. Stick with it Bradley and finish this one! I would really like to see one of these built.

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