Frame: +442E purchased mostly complete from another builder.
Engine: 1999 firebird 3800 V6
Rear End: IRS from a 1991 Thunderbird Super Coupe
This is a father-son build located around Kansas City. No straight up donor car, as we don't have anywhere to put it. We picked up the frame, a volvo red block, and a rear axle on May 25 2013 from another builder who was sadly abandoning his project. His build thread was here. His original plans were for a custom nose, volvo donor parts for quite a bit of it. We liked the frame, considered the engine it came with, but ultimately decided we might want more power, and were definitely interested in IRS.
File comment: Picking up the frame from MN.
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We purchased the front spindles, rotors and whole IRS assembly from a 91 Thunderbird Super coupe. We were able to transport them to the shop to work on them. Of course, they didn't fit in the frame as it was.
We trimmed off the rear mounts (a gigantic pain in the ass) because the mounting angle was all wrong and there would be clearance issues if we tried to use them. We are planning on mounting to the holes near the center of the rear part of the subframe. To do make sure everything was clear we needed to trim the two large mounting pieces off of the frame in the back. We are redesigning the rear end with this subframe in mind now.
We should have plenty of clearance, and I think we've got the front and rear mounts figured out for the subframe, but bracing is a little fuzzy, we just need to attempt to find the option that will produce the minimum amount of headaches.
File comment: Good picture of the rear end, you can see the sway bar connected to the frame pieces we needed to remove.
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File comment: Tbird front spindles and rotors. Not sure what we're going to do with this big arm coming out the top, but that's a problem for another day.
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File comment: Dad working on the frame.
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File comment: Rear end with the sway bar and rear mounting pieces removed.
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