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Author Topic:   Ford Thunderbird interchangeable parts?
Outlaw66
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted November 21, 2005 02:59 PM  
does anybody know what parts from other ford vehicles are interchangeable with a 1979 ford thunderbird? Or any tricks for the suspension? Making this old bird turn is a heck of a job.

Normal Sullivan
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 66
posted November 21, 2005 08:28 PM  
I'm thinking the 73?-76 Gran Torino has an identical suspension setup, and that there were Police handling packages available with these, though not for the t-bird.

Fordracer06
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted November 21, 2005 08:53 PM  
I believe the 77-79 LTD II's have similar parts. Also, the same vintage of cougars should be the same. I also think the Ford Elite and Merc Montego of the same vintage had similar parts. These cars are pretty heavy though, I race and use the early to mid 80's Ford LTD chassis. These cars are a little lighter and have a better front suspension to work with not to mention they are a dime a dozen. Just food for thought.

dirtpoor racing
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 30
posted November 22, 2005 10:08 AM  
I think a 79 thunderbird is a fox body which is the same as 79-93mustang. I use to run a 80 modle thunderbird and ran the rack and struts off a 89 mustang GT.

hotrodenford
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 70
posted November 23, 2005 10:06 AM  
Sorry, '79 bird is not a fox-body chassis. I do know that the lincoln is interchangible along with the body pannels too. I would say you and I are running fords best "tank" for dirt trackin!


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DJR22
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 129
posted November 23, 2005 12:13 PM  
I used to have a 79 t-bird, but I sold it this summer to a guy that was buildin a derby car. That thing WAS a tank. hotrodenford, lookin good, how's it go around the corners?

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hotrodenford
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 70
posted November 23, 2005 03:20 PM  
TERABLE!! It pushes like you would not beleave. It is going on a serous diet this winter. But, suprising though we placed 4th in our last race. Beat only by 3 camaros!! the torque of the 400m (stock) is amasing! Can't wait to get a cam in it and kick some chevy a$$.

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If it has wheels or a skirt, you can't afford it! But they shure are fun...

Outlaw66
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted December 04, 2005 05:53 PM  
Well I run at a pavement track now. I used to race dirt hobby stocks. I ran 4th in the points at my track, had my first ever feature win, 22 top tens out of 29 races. Was just 300 pounds heavier than everybody else. Take those 300 pounds out and i would have won alot of races. Now im trying to get the push out of the car, lighten up the front end. Just looking for the performance edge. I was the only ford out on the track against all small metric cars.

TheDirtyDeed
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted December 07, 2005 12:44 PM  
try racing a 78' Lincoln continental 4-door on a 3/8. you want to talk about push, took us all of 3/4 of the season to figure out setup for it. till we did we had a BIG problem with flat front right tires lol. best thing i can tell you is set it up tight as **** . beef up your rear suspension and do what you can do to mod. your control arms to get all you can out of your camber. and LOTS of stagger. we had a 460 in that beast that would go like no tomorrow. just had to slow WAY down for the corners and hold tight to the bottem, they would try to pass high, but 9 outta 10 times mid-track was to black and the just couldnt find the traction to pass that big ol' 19 foot turd. but if we so much as grazed that blacktop, to the toolies we went. 5450lbs with both drivers in it. (2-man crusier) boy we took out alot of cars with that tank. never enough room. lol getter sideways and everybody behind you was s^*()ing bricks, either wall or infield baby. lol.

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hotrodenford
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 70
posted December 07, 2005 03:44 PM  
What do you all use for spring in these tanks?

Right now we have the stock springs with a couple or spring rubbers for tuning.

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TheDirtyDeed
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted December 12, 2005 07:36 AM  
used new OEM springs in the rear and a tall *** chevy van spring in the front right.

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