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How was fitment/quality? Looks like you got it pretty close.
 

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How was fitment/quality? Looks like you got it pretty close.
On the hood? Could be better. I got it pretty close. But we chose not to use the hood due to how far we knew we were going with the car. Everyone's project is different. This wasn't for us. The hood is still currently for sale...
 

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@supergordo thats the hood you have for sale right? Can it be made to fit a 96? I am missing a headerpanel anyway.
Yes this is the hood that is for sale. I would think you can make it fit a 96. Just know the front edge of the hood is shaped for the 1994/95 headlights. That would be the biggest stumbling point. But I'd say it's not insurmountable.
 

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Here are some before and after shots of when we painted the engine bay.
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My son wanted Black and Gold like an old Thunderbird. We like it.
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I’m so glad I never had a battery blow up! Excellent work, engine looks stunning with the black with gold valve covers!

Nice 64 Galaxie btw 🙂
That is my friends Dads place. The 64 Galaxie is his project. It's a nice west coast car. 500xl. White interior. Bucket seats and a center console. No rust on the body. Ready for full restoration. Nice car overall.
 

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Here are some pics of when we installed the engine and trans. We had to make a trans harness out of two harnesses. Used a Marauder TC.
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So how do emissions work in Vegas? You obviously have performance mods on the car and it passed emissions. Is it so long as the car passes the sniffer test that it doesn't matter what is on the car?

Great build BTW!
 
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So how do emissions work in Vegas? You obviously have performance mods on the car and it passed emissions. Is it so long as the car passes the sniffer test that it doesn't matter what is on the car?

Great build BTW!
OK here is how it works in NV. Everything 1996 or newer the plug the smog machine into the OBD2 port. In that instance all you need is most of the monitors set, and no check engine light. If you meet that, then you pass. Everything 1995 and older needs an actual tail pipe sniffer test. Now in our case for all you other Tbird experts here are our details. My sons car is a 1995. We are not California, so the Headers are allowed. Our car does have cats. And all the smog gear. The smog guy suggested to me that they were hollowed out. But they are not. Sooner or later my buddy Chris_Murder will eventually chime in. He is fully licensed in smog in Nevada. The thing that most likely threw our smog tech off was that we have all the 1997 Tbird intake and wiring. Nevada sends a book to the smog guys with diagrams of where all the smog equipment is supposed to be. All of you know what the differences between 94/95 and 96/97 intakes are. All that being stated, with Trick flow heads, Kooks headers, this car passed the sniffer test. For what it is worth, we had not gotten the tune yet at this point.
 

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These are pictures of exhaust day. Now we had the exhaust completely done in 2017. We did 2.25 inch pipe with the single mid mount Magnaflow mid mount 11385 muffler. So on the day we are taking the pictures all we did was connect the custom exhaust to the headers. In order to install he engine with the headers on. I had to cut the pipes just beyond the cats. I put the cats in the trunk. Had the car towed to the shop. My Exhaust guy Chapo did his thing. and reinstalled the cats, and tied the exhaust back together. When we did this there was no dash in the car. No electricity and no steering column. So I clamped 2 vise grips to a long 1/2" drive extension to steer the car on and off the tow truck and in and out of the exhaust shop.
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Exhaust day steering wheel...
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OK here is how it works in NV. Everything 1996 or newer the plug the smog machine into the OBD2 port. In that instance all you need is most of the monitors set, and no check engine light. If you meet that, then you pass. Everything 1995 and older needs an actual tail pipe sniffer test.
This is the same here in California, except for 2000 and 1999 gets the sniffer.

Now in our case for all you other Tbird experts here are our details. My sons car is a 1995. We are not California, so the Headers are allowed. Our car does have cats. And all the smog gear. The smog guy suggested to me that they were hollowed out. But they are not. Sooner or later my buddy Chris_Murder will eventually chime in. He is fully licensed in smog in Nevada. The thing that most likely threw our smog tech off was that we have all the 1997 Tbird intake and wiring. Nevada sends a book to the smog guys with diagrams of where all the smog equipment is supposed to be. All of you know what the differences between 94/95 and 96/97 intakes are. All that being stated, with Trick flow heads, Kooks headers, this car passed the sniffer test. For what it is worth, we had not gotten the tune yet at this point.
So it sounds like as long as you have emissions equipment untampered / unmodified, everything is fine. So headers, heads, etc. OK so long as EGR, IACV, and CATs are still there and functioning properly.

@Chris_Murder is this right?
 

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This is the same here in California, except for 2000 and 1999 gets the sniffer.



So it sounds like as long as you have emissions equipment untampered / unmodified, everything is fine. So headers, heads, etc. OK so long as EGR, IACV, and CATs are still there and functioning properly.

@Chris_Murder is this right?
That's correct. Where is Chris_Murder?? ;)
 

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Here are some pics from the couple days before the car was towed to the paint shop.

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Wow, lots of "junk in the trunk"! ;)

Joe
NO kidding! That was about 2 or 3 underdash wiring harnesses. I cleaned all that out before it went to paint.
 
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