Stock (Vin H) - 390-2V Thunderbird V-8, 275 hp @ 4400 rpm, 405 ft-lbs @ 2600 rpm, 9.5:1 compression ratio
Stock - C6 trans ( code U ), 2.75:1 9" non-locking rear ( code 8 )
I took a chance and bought it on eBay in December 2002. It turned out to be a good buy. The body is solid with only a little rust that needs to be cleaned up. Underside and frame are clean. The engine is tired but still runs well. I just picked up a second engine which is a factory 4 bbl. The plan is to install that one while I build up the original. Body and interior work are done as time, parts, and money are available. Everything depends on available funds. Please feel free to make a donation or remember me in your will.
Worn suspension / steering After the new ignition was installed, I went for a road test. I heard new noises coming from the front end on the way home. The noise turned out to be worn out ball joints and tie rod ends. Since I won't do this kind of work, I will have to pay through the nose to have it done.
Upgraded ignition I had lots of trouble with knocking and pinging. After trying colder plugs, retarding timing, mid-grade and premium gas, and gas additives, I decided to rip out the old points ignition. I did not want to spend $300+ on an aftermarket ignition, though. I heard that the mid '70's Ford trucks still used the FE block and had duraspark solid state ignition. I got a distributor and control module from a local discount auto parts store for about $115 including $30 i had to pay for the core. I did the conversion in about 3 hours and it fired up on the first try. No more pinging and I can run regular gas.
Choke cable I bought the car with a carburetor that had a manual choke but no choke cable. It was fun opening the hood, setting the choke, starting the car, then getting out again to reset the choke once it was warm. I put a cable in last year, but it wasn't strong enough to push the choke back to the open position. Today, I got fed up and tried some silicone lube with graphite in it. I shot some in both ends of the cable and then on the choke linkage. Everything moves more freely now and works ok.