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stewaj01
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted August 09, 2004 07:53 AM  
I have recently bought a 1988 tbird and an 84 LTD and plan on putting the tbird body on the LTD chassis. I am going to shorten the wheel base to 108" and so I know I going to need to lengthen the body of the tbird, but I am going to need widden it? If so what is the easiest way of doing it. The body must of stock floor pans and fire walls.

stewaj01
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted August 09, 2004 07:58 AM  
The car is a Crown Victoria not the mid size ltd sorry.

Busch
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted August 10, 2004 07:22 PM  
Cut the floor out of the LTD also cut the floor out of the bird Weld the stock floor of the LTD to the frame rails and sretch the body of the bird over the frame of the LTD. Did the same thing on a Mustang a few years ago. The only thing you will have to do is cover the frame up with some plastic because of the lack of rocker panels on the bird body. If you are wondering why to use the LTD floor its because of the clearances for the rear suspension and driveshaft. Thats if you have to use OEM floor. Good luck you will love it!

stewaj01
Dirt Roller

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posted August 11, 2004 12:56 PM  
Busch,

How did you strech the tbird body?

mod70
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posted August 11, 2004 02:30 PM           send a private message to stewaj01   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/QuoteBBBBBB
With a bird strecher! yuck, yuck, yuck

Busch
Dirt Full Roller

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posted August 12, 2004 06:39 PM  
Well first thing is the LTD already caged? If so your kidney bars are way too wide. I think you just have a whole car though. Any way once the floor is cut out of the bird {firewall included} have a couple of guys pull the body apart wide enough to clear the frame rails. You can round the rear wheelwells to some extent to help the appearance then extend your front fenders to make up the other couple of inches or so. By the way make sure and do some measuring to make sure that you have enough headroom!

Special Ed
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 63
posted August 13, 2004 02:48 PM  
Is there any particular reason that you are wanting a 108 inch wheel base? If it is not mandatory I would shorten the frame to the wheelbase of the T-Bird body...I think it is 104. We run a complete 85 T-Bird with factory wheelbase and it handles great.

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