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95 T-bird IRS in 48 Ford F-1

A lot of old Ford truck builders want this in their trucks.
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NICE. Looks like they shortened the width of the 4 mounting points to make it fit.

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NICE. Looks like they shortened the width of the 4 mounting points to make it fit.
We did raise the front mounting and shortened the width to fit the frame. On the back mount we made that fitting to weld to frame and mounted support to it. We also have the front suspension from the T-bird in the frame. The truck drives and handles very good. We still have a bit of body work before it is finished.

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That looks awesome, I enjoy seeing the updates on your project.

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And....used the stock mufflers.

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Soon to have some MHS parts, cams, 'luminum block, lower compression, ported heads, autorotor, and need to make long tubes. I have almost all the stuff and need some #42-50s a bypass valve, and maybe a few other things.
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Nice project, and great job.

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Very cool, and well executed.

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Looks like a great project... I did see one old truck finished that had the IRS in it. But.. LOL what are you going to use for wheels? Or are you going to do the Mustang Hub swap to increase your choices?


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Tbird drivetrain IS a great truck drivetrain. The 3rd and 4th Gen Explorers and Expeditions are IRS setups similar to the bird.

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Looks like a great project... I did see one old truck finished that had the IRS in it. But.. LOL what are you going to use for wheels? Or are you going to do the Mustang Hub swap to increase your choices?
I am going to relocate the bolt pattern holes for a 5x4.50 in the original hubs. It is such a shame that the pattern is 5x4.25. I am going to use smoothie wheels and Ford hubs caps with beauty rings . The wheels will be painted the same red the trucks is. I am trying to go for original look of the truck with easy driving and dependability. My machinist said relocating the holes will not be a problem. I can order wheels for the 5x4.50 but no one makes any for 5x4.25.
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Did you guys fab up the mounting points and spring mount or is it available somewhere? I know some guys with T-Buckets who would love to do something similar.

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I am going to relocate the bolt pattern holes for a 5x4.50 in the original hubs. It is such a shame that the pattern is 5x4.25. I am going to use smoothie wheels and Ford hubs caps with beauty rings . The wheels will be painted the same red the trucks is. I am trying to go for original look of the truck with easy driving and dependability. My machinist said relocating the holes will not be a problem. I can order wheels for the 5x4.50 but no one makes any for 5x4.25.
It is also possible to use the 03-04 Cobra rear hubs. they fit in the T-bird rear suspension and already have the 5x4.5 pattern. the front of course is easy, just swap on Mustang front hubs and rotors.


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Wasn't sure of the years... thanks.

Of course, so will drilling them as he mentioned. Just wanted to point out other options in case he'd rather not have the extra holes.


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Did you guys fab up the mounting points and spring mount or is it available somewhere? I know some guys with T-Buckets who would love to do something similar.
We did all the fabrication and made all the parts we needed. I don't think any parts are available for this application. It was an opportunity we had because my neice wrecker her 95 T-bird and I got it for practically nothing. My son and I looked it over good and he said we could do this, so that was how we got started. It has been a lot of fun and we have something to enjoy driving. Tha original truck had a top speed of 48 MPH. Who could enjoy that? Thanks for the interest. Larry.
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That looks awesome, I enjoy seeing the updates on your project.
Thanks. This is the stage we are in now.
Truck complete mechanically and runs and drives very good. We plan to get some original looking wheels with beauty rings and original hub caps. Body work is slow going.
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Wow , what beautiful work you have done .

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I am green......I like them but LOVE the 51-6 (just like everyone else) effies.

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Soon to have some MHS parts, cams, 'luminum block, lower compression, ported heads, autorotor, and need to make long tubes. I have almost all the stuff and need some #42-50s a bypass valve, and maybe a few other things.
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That looks nice, you are progressing quickly I can't wait to see the next stage and the finished project.

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Didn't chevy (yuk) have a retro truck like that? That could be a concept for ford..I bet there would be lots of takers!

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The truck looks great!

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Didn't chevy (yuk) have a retro truck like that? That could be a concept for ford..I bet there would be lots of takers!
Now that you mentioned it I did see a Chevy truck in Charlotte at the Auto Fair that was a complete new deal. Seems to me the price was way over $30,000 but can't remember. I will be back in the spring and look it up if it is there again. It did look very good. Wish it had been a Ford.
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The truck looks great!
Thanks and I will keep posting new pictures as we progress. I am just itching ( sounds better than dying) to drive this on a trip to a car show.
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Thanks and I will keep posting new pictures as we progress. I am just itching ( sounds better than dying) to drive this on a trip to a car show.
What about to Carlisle? Or do you mean sooner than that.

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We used the complete stock exhaust system. Only mod was to shorten the width to bring them inside the frame. I think the original 48 bumper will cover up most of the mufflers and leave the pipes exposed. Hope so anyway.
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You really used just about everything from the bird didn't you?? Your building that on a budget aren't you? Looks great!

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You really used just about everything from the bird didn't you?? Your building that on a budget aren't you? Looks great!
Definately on a budget. Haven't had to pay any labor on anything but crimping the a/c fittings so far. Bought quite a few after market parts but still way under budget. It has been very enjoyable and I am looking forward to posting a finished picture. I was hoping to finish in 3 years but now it looks like closer to 4. Started in Sept 2005. Thanks for the interest. Larry.
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Definately on a budget. Haven't had to pay any labor on anything but crimping the a/c fittings so far. Bought quite a few after market parts but still way under budget. It has been very enjoyable and I am looking forward to posting a finished picture. I was hoping to finish in 3 years but now it looks like closer to 4. Started in Sept 2005. Thanks for the interest. Larry.
Could something like that become a daily driver? Can it be street legal in your state?

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