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    So, I bought this blue bomber last November while in Phoenix, it's all Marco's fault.
    He agreed to store it until we figured a way to get it home, it took until late this July, after some upholstery work Marco was nice enough to do the leg work on for me, and three failed shipping appointments.

    It runs, drives, stops (rather casually) and if you're patient, shifts into 3rd gear (once it's fully warmed up, and it's NOT low on fluid).

    Plans include front disc conversion, including dual reservoir master cylinder, 15" wheels and tires, replacing the driver door button that fell into the door the night after I picked it up, and lots of little things like weather stripping, electric window switches / motors, electric driver seat switches / motors....
    and, thanks to Randal and Scott's corruption, a conversion to EFI via a converted MSD throttle body injector setup with an MS2 controlling it all (that came from a guy on the MS forums from Germany)

    I'd like to add AC, modern stereo, blue glittery speedway steering wheel to match the roof, and enjoy driving it.
    It goes down the road like a dream, and just oozes cool IMHO, the interior is really grungy at the moment but is incredibly jet age with lots of grooved aluminum panels, tilt away steering column, and the gauges are in "rocket pods", just sweetness all around.
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    With 15" wheels and tires off craigslist from a 80's - 90's Grand Marquis, ($60 for all four!!) the old bird made a successful run to and from work (~18 miles mostly highway each way).

    Two of those tires are not good, so a bit more marketplace/CL scouring found a pair of nice tall 215 / 75 -15 radials with '16-'17 date codes.
    The hope is to sneak those on the rear
    (putting any wheels/tires on the rear requires supporting the frame to allow the springs to droop, and deflating the tire to get them into the wheel well).

    If I can fit those on the rear, that will drop the highway rpm a bit (it's already got highway friendly 3.08 gears) to make the big 390 happier as a freeway cruiser.

    For now the single point distributor and the holley replacement carb installed by the PO seem to be OK, I'll be converting to electronic ignition at some point prior to putting the megasquirt / TBI set up on. The biggest challenge I see for that swap is the fuel system, I'd much prefer an in-tank EFI pump if I can manage it.
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      I like it.
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        Very cool I love these old Tbirds . They really did have the jet age look nailed .
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          For years I have always ignored this T-bird platform...well, all T-bird platforms for the most part but, I've been taking a closer look at them lately. One in particular caught my eye. It has been for sale here locally for a few months. It is a 65, maroon with a black top and black interior. It has the old style torque thrusts with the grey cast centers. I really like it and the price is not bad. With the 390 sporting some bolt on goodies I think it could be a sweet little cruiser. The powder blue/dark blue on yours looks real sharp. looking forward to seeing the progess.
          If you can leave two black stripes from the exit of one corner to the braking zone of the next, you have enough horsepower. - Mark Donohue

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            Always liked the late 50's- 60's T birds.. Alot like early 60's Riverias

            Have seen a few in the arena.. Usually do pretty good for complete rust buckets.. Guess nobody derbys decent ones..

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              I have cruised these cars on Craigslist many many times. The thought of one with pizza cutter 17's on the front with beadlocks on the back and a turbo Coyote gets my pulse rate up to dangerous levels.
              Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
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                I have cruised these cars on Craigslist many many times. The thought of one with pizza cutter 17's on the front with beadlocks on the back and a turbo Coyote gets my pulse rate up to dangerous levels.
                Right? It is so rare to see these in anything other than stock form well preserved or total shit boxes but they do take well to some tarting up. When I see a first gen t-bird hot rodded with radiused wheel wells and such I get all hot and bothered....

                If you can leave two black stripes from the exit of one corner to the braking zone of the next, you have enough horsepower. - Mark Donohue

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                  I have cruised these cars on Craigslist many many times. The thought of one with pizza cutter 17's on the front with beadlocks on the back and a turbo Coyote gets my pulse rate up to dangerous levels.
                  STOP
                  These things weigh in at over 4000lb.... they are made to cruise and do so smoothly... I dare say this thing rides as well if not better than Dad's old towncar.
                  Could the body be placed over a full tube chassis and set to world domination? perhaps, but not by this guy
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                    STOP
                    These things weigh in at over 4000lb.... they are made to cruise and do so smoothly... I dare say this thing rides as well if not better than Dad's old towncar.
                    Could the body be placed over a full tube chassis and set to world domination? perhaps, but not by this guy
                    Buwhahahahah!

                    You *have* seen some of the land yacht cruise missles that show up for DW? Right???
                    Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
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                      STOP
                      These things weigh in at over 4000lb.... they are made to cruise and do so smoothly... I dare say this thing rides as well if not better than Dad's old towncar.
                      Could the body be placed over a full tube chassis and set to world domination? perhaps, but not by this guy
                      Why go full on world domination...set your sights lower...like maybe set it to take over poland and then see what happens...


                      what? too soon?
                      If you can leave two black stripes from the exit of one corner to the braking zone of the next, you have enough horsepower. - Mark Donohue

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                        Buwhahahahah!

                        You *have* seen some of the land yacht cruise missles that show up for DW? Right???
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                          I have to admit the maruader is on my very short list of daily driver wants should one fall into my lap, especially the blue ones - I think they only made those one year. In fact, when I bought a 390 core from a guy recently, he had some early mercury flat head parts he gave me to use as wall art, I'd like to keep the Mercury name alive in some small way... they'll look cool on the shop wall after some clean up and pin striping.
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                            I am not sure what the difference between the TC and the CV is it looks like the rear doors are longer in the TC. I would love to hot rod my Lincoln but I can't put the money into a throw away car.

                            the Marauder above ran 10.50s all week and was reported to run 9s in cool weather.
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                              Knowing what little I do about drag racing, it just doesn't compute in my feeble brain to try to make a big heavy vehicle go fast.
                              It's so much easier, cheaper, requires less exotic parts to make a light vehicle go fast.
                              There's always something new to learn.

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