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I've been lurking for a couple days, figured I'd register and check some stuff out. I currently have a nicely modded '92 SHO, but due to a knee injury, and family life and practicality, have started looking for something a bit more freindly. I've been a serious gearhead for a long time, and even owned my own performance shop. I'm a huge Mustang fanatic, so I should have fun with a T Bird. I've always had a soft spot for the birds anyhow. The SHO is a fantastic car, but with the clutch I have, it ust doesnt work too well in city traffic with my knee, and the bird has a much larger trunk for the family thing(and tuneage..).

Besides, I've missed that V-8 growl.

the car I'm looking at is a near mint '94 LX, 4.6 car. I know the 4.6 I had in my '96 Cobra would haul tail and responded well to mods, but it was a DOHC. How do the SOHC motors handle this? I'm not looking for rocket performance, just some more oomph. Right now my SHO would tear this thing apart, so my goal is to make it a hair faster than it.

It's all stock except for a recent trans overhaul including a nice trans cooler and B&M transkit(shift kit and upgraded clutches). This thing shifts hard!!
 

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Very cool, the pre 96 4.6 motors are prone to burning oil at the valve seals. They are good motors, they are not used for alot of performance buildups, the 96+ thunderbird has the new intake/fuel setup and if you want to build up one then do one of those.

As for the 94, I'd call that 4r70w "done" with that B&M ****kit installed in it.

I wouldn't buy it unless it were very cheap.
 

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Welcome. :wavey:

One thing to consider on a 94/95 MN12 is that the heads and intake are the worst casting available. :redmad:

So a lot of the hop up parts work, but really don't yield as much results as on the 96+ MN12's.

IMHO, the best "bang for the buck" MN12 is a 96 Sport. But with that said, the 94/95's are usually VERY cheap, and with a simple engine swap (to a PI engine), gears, and a good transmission, they will be very "sporty"! :D I hesitate to say "haul" mainly because you're used to a DOHC Cobra.... :D

Good luck, and again, welcome to the boards. :thumbsup:
 

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I'm actually getting it for a peppy daily driver anyhow, and I am getting it cheap considering the condition. My wife's step mom has owned it for a long time, and before that it was owned since new by a very good friend of her dad's, so I know the maintenance history is VERY meticulous. Car has 170k on it and doenst burn a drop of oil at all. I know, because I used to share commuting drives with her step mom since we worked the same hours 3 blocks apart. I also help them work on the cars, since I'm a fuel injection junkie. The only flaws on the car are the ground effects(I believe some aftermarket kit put on by the dealer when new), they have a few chips in them from curb bumps and a couple speed bumps that didnt agree with it. Oh, and the AC doesnt work, but isnt really needed here.
 

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Welcome to the TCCoA, and our forums :) . You'll find a lot of info here, and opinions :D . When I was looking for a T'bird, I wanted a '94-'95 because I think they have the nicest front clip (that's just me :rolleyes: ). You can get power from these, but as stated, is alot tougher. So, Welcome. PS- I had a '92 SHO that was mint :D . Had to sell it though :( .
 

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Holy snot!! You're SHO is identical to mine!!! All your missing is the rear spoiler(added from a later model), and the moonroof.
 

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Unless you are getting a really good deal a 96+ car is a better platform to start with. Getting these boats as quick/quicker then a quick SHO will require some work N/A, easy with a blower but forged internals are a must as far as I'm concerned. With 170 on the ticker I'd look into the records for...

Upper and lower control arms (incl BJ), Strut arm bushings, rear diff bushings, sway bar end links...
Got Drums?
Heater core
Alt
Rear pass side bearing
4R70W (don't bother with it, older ones suK. get a trans from Darrin and a TC from DirtyDog here on the site)
Gummed up EGR passages, EGR valve, IAC
Trans cooler
ETC...

Nothing wrong with a '94, I drive one as much as I can...






Again, if it's super cheap go for it! Do a search on the Exploder swaps as they are geared more for the the 94-5 cars.


-Scott
 

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why rear passenger side bearing? is it because of that wheels seeing more torque regularly than the driver side?
 

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The car has all the maintenance records, so I'll definately check it out. Thanks for the heads up! If the engine does puke, I do still have a nice '02 Stang GT engine I was building for a fox body Stang drag car project I had. Engine is all stock right now, but runs killer. The trans doesnt bother me either, since my bro-in-law knows these T-birds like the back of his hand, and specializes in performance trans work. I had him check it out and he said with what was done to it, I should be able to hold all the power I want to throw at it for now.
 

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Full rebuild including all worn hard parts, shift kit, better TC, and trans cooler, plus whatever it is the trans shop that did it does to make these things hold up. I know the shop that did it quite well, and they do killer work. Very rarely does anyone else touch my stuff besides me, and they used to do a lot of my trans work for other cars(before my bro-in-law left to open his own shop).
 
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