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Old 06-06-2012, 12:50 PM
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90's Tbird/Probe racecar advice

I have owned 2 90's Tbirds, one '94/3.8v6, and one '97/4.6v8. I love these cars, for the money nothing handles, drives, or looks as good. The other good thing is that you can find a nice one for under 1k. I want to race on the salt, initially in stock (or nearly) form, what would be the best all around engine/trans combo? 3.8SC, 4.6l, 5l push rod (preferably w/carb on top), AOD trans, 5sp manual, etc.? I also have had thoughts of putting drive train components in the back end of a probe, (leaving the originals in place) to make a twin engine, AWD car. Is the Probe a suitable platform? Thanks for your thoughts.

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Having owned 6 or 7 Birds (89-93) and a few cougars (same) I would say stick with the t bird.
I had a super coupe with a hammering rod, i put the wheels and the twin exhaust on another 93 , light blue(nicer body and interior Than the SC had) stuck a 5.0 and AOD from a lincoln in it , with carb, and duraspark from the u pullit. Also front half of exhaust was 5.0 stang with shorty headers. Ran good, sounded good to. Motor mounts were the pricey part. The 92-93 was the only years (IIRC) the 5.0 was put in as a V 8 option, they went to the 4.6 next.I had to go to the blu oval store to find the correct mounts. Also had to use a pretty low profile air cleaner on the carb to clear the hood.
All in all, in ran pretty sweet on the street, would fry tires,haul butt and got good mileage . Also being a larger kinda fella, the bird was more comfortable and easier to get in and out of.
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I fyou plan on running on the salt get in touch with SCTA as they are the organizers and get a rulebook..You will need it..

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