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I did. I actually cut holes in there because the subframe bolts were rusted in place. Unfortunately the holes didn't help anything because the problem was that the bolts were rusted inside the sleeves in the stock subframe mounts. My ultimate solution was to weld a very large nut on top of the existing bolt head and then used a large breaker bar to literally break the bolts that held it in place. I then replaced those bolts with some grade 10.9 metric bolts.
Wow, that's a job. That spot is were my cougar really got hit with rust, it ate away all around the mount, so I was curious. Thanks.
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I was wondering what my '93 would look like without the door guards... nice. Goo gone will take that residue off, or is it hardened?

Looks good!

Can't wait to get my Bird delivered!
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I was wondering what my '93 would look like without the door guards... nice. Goo gone will take that residue off, or is it hardened?

Looks good!

Can't wait to get my Bird delivered!
Well, I removed the door guards over 10 years ago and let's just say that I've matured a bit since then. Back then I couldn't figure out a way to get the adhesive off so I just left it. I've actually ordered the stuff to get it off so I'll do that and post my results here. What I've read is that Goo Gone won't do it and, if I recall correctly, I tried that a long time ago with no luck.

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Well, I removed the door guards over 10 years ago and let's just say that I've matured a bit since then. Back then I couldn't figure out a way to get the adhesive off so I just left it. I've actually ordered the stuff to get it off so I'll do that and post my results here. What I've read is that Goo Gone won't do it and, if I recall correctly, I tried that a long time ago with no luck.
I use 3M adhesive remover. It's what we used in the body shop I worked for. It works really well and leaves no residue. To be honest, it smells like lighter fluid that would be used in a zippo lighter. I haven't removed the trim from my Cougar yet. I will do it when I get ready to do the body work. My car doesn't need much body work thankfully.

Here's a link to show what I use. It's doubled in price since I bought my last quart nearly 10 years ago. The stuff doesn't seem to go bad. It usually doesn't take much. A little splash on a shop rag and rub. I have squirted it on the top back side of trim and let it set for about 10-15 minutes. Then warm the trim with a hair dryer and gently pull it off. Sometimes it will peel off clean. No tools involved.

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I'd like to see it with the new wheels posted earlier. Beware your old tires, I have 4 truck tires from 2003 that all have sidewalls cracking(they did get a lot of sun). I'm pretty much down to the new tires I bought in December.
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I use 3M adhesive remover. It's what we used in the body shop I worked for. It works really well and leaves no residue. To be honest, it smells like lighter fluid that would be used in a zippo lighter. I haven't removed the trim from my Cougar yet. I will do it when I get ready to do the body work. My car doesn't need much body work thankfully.

Here's a link to show what I use. It's doubled in price since I bought my last quart nearly 10 years ago. The stuff doesn't seem to go bad. It usually doesn't take much. A little splash on a shop rag and rub. I have squirted it on the top back side of trim and let it set for about 10-15 minutes. Then warm the trim with a hair dryer and gently pull it off. Sometimes it will peel off clean. No tools involved.

https://www.amazon.com/3M-General-Pu...f902e31d1cdba1
Yep, I ordered it already. As soon as I get it this is on my list of things to do.

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I'd like to see it with the new wheels posted earlier. Beware your old tires, I have 4 truck tires from 2003 that all have sidewalls cracking(they did get a lot of sun). I'm pretty much down to the new tires I bought in December.
Yep, that's on my list of things to do as well.

I actually have a set of tires on there from another car now which are only about two years old. The really old tires got pulled off a couple of months ago.

Once I have that part done I'll post pics.

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I wonder if there's some white stickers you could add to make the hood blend in without the expense of painting.

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I took the molding off my old 95 Ford Contour SE;, I recall is was a lot of rubbing the gooey residue with my finger to wad it up enough to pull off.


I modded that car quite a bit, probably TOO much.

You Bird looks great, the rear rebuild is really nice!
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Any pics of the car after the STR wheels were mounted?
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I wonder if there's some white stickers you could add to make the hood blend in without the expense of painting.
I actually have something in mind. My original plan was to take most of the proceeds from selling my truck and put them into paint and body for the car but as I've worked through my mechanical things and gotten closer to having it ready to run I have decided that putting ~$5000+ into paint and body may not make sense for how I plan to use the car.

So, I have some thoughts on how I can resolve some of these items.

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Any pics of the car after the STR wheels were mounted?
Coming ~soon.

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You Bird looks great, the rear rebuild is really nice!
I have a 99 Contour; which exhaust fits the 2l dohc?

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I have a 99 Contour; which exhaust fits the 2l dohc?

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been a LONG time since I was on there!
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I just want to say. Great car Martigan.
Me Too!

Your car is the inspiration for the 400HP I want out of my DOHC; higher compression is the way to go!

I doubt I'll get there with my initial config, but I have high hopes in Leaf Blower Technology.

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Thanks for the compliments guys. It has been a longer journey to get it back on the road than I thought but it's pretty much there. I can't wait to run/race it in the spring and summer this year.

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The working list is in progress. The next move is a new Griffin radiator. I have the fan attached. Now I need to figure out a way to mount it.
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The working list is in progress. The next move is a new Griffin radiator. I have the fan attached. Now I need to figure out a way to mount it.
What mounting points does it have?
If they're Cobra, it's not too bad.

I put a Mishimoto cobra radiator I put in the Red Cougar; the newer ones are even better. Lifetime warranty, too.
I used the cobra fan with the dropping resistor for low speed, and swapped the fan plug.

I followed racecougars' Cobra Radiator Swap directions, and hammer modded the brackets to fit, lol.
You basically remove and reshape the top brackets, and mod the holes at the bottom to fit. I slotted one hole ~1/2", iirc.

I had to cut the metal tray to clear the drain plug, ymmv.

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What mounting points does it have?
If they're Cobra, it's not too bad.

I put a Mishimoto cobra radiator I put in the Red Cougar; the newer ones are even better. Lifetime warranty, too.
I used the cobra fan with the dropping resistor for low speed, and swapped the fan plug.

I followed racecougars' Cobra Radiator Swap directions, and hammer modded the brackets to fit, lol.
You basically remove and reshape the top brackets, and mod the holes at the bottom to fit. I slotted one hole ~1/2", iirc.

I had to cut the metal tray to clear the drain plug, ymmv.
It has exactly no mounting points. It's a universal. That's OK, I'm on my way. I've started fabbing my bottom brackets. Once I have those worked out then I can make the top brackets. I'm using right angle metal brackets as the source. I'm not too far away from working it out.

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Might not be appealing to do on a fancy new radiator but if you gently push away a few fins you can run bolts through the core to mount the shroud, that's pretty common practice with people doing electric fan conversions using our cars (Mark VIIIs) fans

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"You can take the billy out of the hills but you can't take the hills out of the billy."

Bottom brackets/supports fabbed mostly from parts laying around the garage and how the fan is mounted to the radiator.
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Pardon my blurry picture but I believe that I have the mounting brackets worked out.
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Built Darrin/dirtyd0g AOD with wide ratio gearset
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My radiator mount brackets are similar but I was a little more worried about the my bracket unduly stressing the aluminum griffin radiator so I cut up a spare yoga mat to line the bracket. IIRC, some rubber cement -- or maybe some black duct tape (i forget) holds the squishy stuff in place in the brackets. In comparison, with 4 bolts versus my own single bolts, I also think you are more worried about the top brackets coming off the rad support brace than I am.

I also had a real welder TIG an aluminum bung into the radiator end tank closest to the engine intake. This way I can screw in my aftermarket coolant temp gauge sender and see exactly how hot the water is going into my engine. I also know that given how low in the coolant system my temp sender is mounted, I will always read water temp. In a previous racing debacle, my top of the engine mounted coolant temp sensor started reading air when an overheating condition caused the coolant level to drop below the level fo the temp sender. THAT particular engine cooked itself when I didn't realize WHY the temp sensor dropped from 250F to 150F.

Oh, I also use a sacrificial anode for my drain petcock since I run pure water in my car (because of lemons regulations) and I'm a little worried about all the different metals causing electrolysis (Iron, aluminum, and I think there's a little bronze where I replaced my heater crossover pipe to simplify my cooling system).
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My radiator mount brackets are similar but I was a little more worried about the my bracket unduly stressing the aluminum griffin radiator so I cut up a spare yoga mat to line the bracket. IIRC, some rubber cement -- or maybe some black duct tape (i forget) holds the squishy stuff in place in the brackets. In comparison, with 4 bolts versus my own single bolts, I also think you are more worried about the top brackets coming off the rad support brace than I am.
The pic is of a dry fit so I'm not quite done yet. The brackets I made are aluminum too but I plan to use a piece of bicycle inner-tube to form some vibration dampening. Also, the brackets I made for the bottom actually sit in the OEM holes where they are dampened by the rubber grommets.

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I also had a real welder TIG an aluminum bung into the radiator end tank closest to the engine intake. This way I can screw in my aftermarket coolant temp gauge sender and see exactly how hot the water is going into my engine. I also know that given how low in the coolant system my temp sender is mounted, I will always read water temp. In a previous racing debacle, my top of the engine mounted coolant temp sensor started reading air when an overheating condition caused the coolant level to drop below the level fo the temp sender. THAT particular engine cooked itself when I didn't realize WHY the temp sensor dropped from 250F to 150F.
OK, well, I'm past that point right now but this has given me something to think about. I bought an inline housing for my fan controller sensor and now I'm a little concerned that I'm making a mistake because I was planning to put it inside the top hose. That now seems like a bad plan. I guess I can just revert back to using the pencil probe sensor since that has proven to work just fine.

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Oh, I also use a sacrificial anode for my drain petcock since I run pure water in my car (because of lemons regulations) and I'm a little worried about all the different metals causing electrolysis (Iron, aluminum, and I think there's a little bronze where I replaced my heater crossover pipe to simplify my cooling system).
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Typically the metal that's most susceptible to corrosion ends up being the sacrificial anode so your drain petcock was probably already sacrificial.

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Pardon my blurry picture but I believe that I have the mounting brackets worked out.
How much room do you have in between the Water Pump snout and the Mark VIII fan motor?

I don't recall you saying what Griffin radiator you're using, have a part number??





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How much room do you have in between the Water Pump snout and the Mark VIII fan motor?

I don't recall you saying what Griffin radiator you're using, have a part number??
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I'm using Griffin Aluminum Pro Series Radiators 1-26242-XS.

I would said that there is less than half an inch but the fan motor sits lower than the front of the pump so there isn't any real overlap. I also cut the threads for the mechanical fan off the nose of the water pump. If I ever replace the pump then I will buy one for a Mustang instead of for a Thunderbird.

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Thanks, that gives me a better idea of what to expect interference wise..If I decide to use the same universal Griffin radiator..

I'm sure you saved a few bucks going with the universal vs the MN12 Griffin radiator as well..

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Thanks, that gives me a better idea of what to expect interference wise..If I decide to use the same universal Griffin radiator..

I'm sure you saved a few bucks going with the universal vs the MN12 Griffin radiator as well..

Nice work..
SCP wants ~$650 for the application specific model. This was about $175. I think it's worth it to make your own brackets.

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Rear brakes are done just short of bleeding them. The bigger rotors are definitely bigger. The new wheels definitely fit. They will also definitely stick out a bit but I'll need that with 275's on all four corners.

That second picture has "motion blur".
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Mac 1 5/8 long tube headers
FRPP 42# injectors
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Built Darrin/dirtyd0g AOD with wide ratio gearset
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