Junkyard gbody finds

bmxer_coon

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99 Cobra IRS​

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Well that solves that! I'm going back this weekend and if they still have it I might try to talk them down, or at least cut the back half off for experiment 😅
 
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gnvair

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I will second that it looks to be a Lincoln Mark 8 set up....
give aways are:
the round Ford pinion flange
the 8.8 cover on the center section
the air springs rather than coils.
Ford used a similar set up on the 89-97 MN12 chassis Thunderbirds and Cougars but those would have coil springs as would the 99-04 Cobras
 
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CopperNick

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Yo!! NO!!! cut up a decent clean frame?? I get that it has been modified significantly to accept that independent rear suspension and frame swaps are a monumental PITA but even if you talk them into red wrenching the rear section off, you still have to figure out how to graft it into another frame. And graft is the correct term since your pictures clearly shot that the supporting structure for that rear end is solidly welded into position. Apart from the afore-mentioned divorce, or personal bankruptcy, or loss of employment, or just plain loss of enthusiasm, the only thing that does come to mind is that whoever did the install didn't measure multiple times before doing the welding and the install is either crooked or the wheel base measurement got shifted somehow. Hard to tell without taking a tape to the frame and doing the measurements for yourself.

All this aside, it does look very pretty, even as rusty as it looks, which offers another thought that the project stalled sometime ago and the chassis got left out in a field or lawn without proper cover. To get to a bare clean frame is doable but labor intensive. Wonder if it was someone's dream car and the shop of choice either botched the job or went out of business.



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bmxer_coon

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Whatever it is, it was driven in the Michigan salt. That’s a pretty cool find but I’d pass on it due to all the rust. If you’re bound and determined to graft an IRS into a G body you’d be better served finding parts in the South.
This is true it's at the us Auto sterling heights and it definitely has its fair share of rust.

Its technically inline for the crusher so I wasn't gungho on trying to graft it Onto my car as much as trying to save it from total demise. However not at the $500 price tag lol.
 

1evilregal

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If the frame is rotted, cut it off before the forward connections, take it home and disassemble it, scrap the unused section of frame. The engineering has already been done, just cut and copy into your existing framework.
 

Streetbu

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Thunderbird/Mark VIII are 99% the same and that's my guess
 

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doood

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I want an 89-97 5.0L t-bird someday - do a 351W swap. These t-birds are not popular for restoration. I wonder why. Must be missing something, besides being super heavy compared to g-body.
 

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