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What have I found?

I found this Continental junker in the boonies. The guy said it was a nice car and a good runner before it was vandalized. It has 72k on the clock with a 5.0 and what I assume is an AOD. The disc equiped rear appears to be an 8.8.

Door tag says it was made 6/82 and AX code is "Y".

As some of you may know I recently acquired a surprisingly straight and rust free 57 Fairlane,,, minus engine and rear end.

Maybe I found some running gear?

After surfing I see a lot about Mk VII disc brake equiped rears but I only see mentioned 83 and up. I measured this 57 fender well from inside lip to inside lip and compared to the Conti outside wheel to outside wheel would give me about 1/2"-3/4" on either side. I thought about welding on some spring perches.

A 5.0 I think would cool in the 57 too (though I'd probably T5 it.)

Would anyone know if this Conti is a FOX body?

Am I missing anything here?
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Yes it is a Fox body,if you had a Fox body Mustang you'd have an easy swap ro a beefed up drivetrain. That is basically the underpinnings used in the SVO Mustang. While the rearend is pretty good, I think I'd go with a 9". Most Ford spring perches are the same width and will easily bolt in, including Mustang 8". The early Mustang have a much narrower tread though, you'd want a '67 or later. You might look under the car because the 9" first came available in 1957 and you may have one. You could sell the disc rear to a Mustang (FOX) guy and buy a disc kit for the 9".
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disc swap, 1984 thru 1990 Lincoln Mk VII to a ford 9



http://www.ultrastang.com/Ultrainfo.asp?Page_ID=14
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Both the 82/87 CONTINENTAL and MARK VII series are FOX (slight modifications). Being an '82, the axle is most likely a 7.5". Like Woodz says, there is no substitute for the 9" and a '57 should have nothing but. The rear disc assemblies can be adapted to a 9" with the kit Mustangsaly showed. The 302 in the CONT is not HO. The trans will be an early AOD which will require modification(s) from later assemblies to standup to heavy street duty.
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Yes it is a Fox body,if you had a Fox body Mustang you'd have an easy swap ro a beefed up drivetrain. That is basically the underpinnings used in the SVO Mustang. While the rearend is pretty good, I think I'd go with a 9". Most Ford spring perches are the same width and will easily bolt in, including Mustang 8". The early Mustang have a much narrower tread though, you'd want a '67 or later. You might look under the car because the 9" first came available in 1957 and you may have one. You could sell the disc rear to a Mustang (FOX) guy and buy a disc kit for the 9".
The 57 Ford is 57 1/2 " wheel to wheel same as most other unibody Fords. (The 62-65 Fairlanes are unique and have narrower spring perches.)
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