Are You Ready for This?
… PROJECT HEAVYWEIGHT
(I COULDA BEEN A CONTENDER)
1990 Lincoln Town Car
Log #001 March, 2003
By now you are familiar with liteweight, well hold on to your hoofs…it’s time for something completely different. How about a 1990 Lincoln Town Car with a Keith Craft/Frankie Ford 408 Windsor Stroker! The car in it’s recently previous life had a 306 with GT40P Heads and a carburetor. It just wouldn’t motivate the car or the owner for that matter.
When Mr.Smith first came to my shop the fuel injection had already been removed with all the usual mistakes made when doing these fuelie/carb swaps. The AOD T.V. cable was not functioning properly, the fuel injection distributor was still retained even though it has no advance provisions when used in this manner. The fuel pump was not proper for this application as well as the stock ignition source.
While the car had it’s 306 I straightened out some of these stale points. An MSD 6AL and Billet Distributor replaced the inadequate ignition sources. A Mallory Comp 110 Fuel Pump fed the fuel, and to really hook this beast up we use a FB (Freddie Brown) Full Comp Trans Brake AOD transmission. This eliminates the use of a T.V. cable which is often a sour point with carbs and AODs.
Much of this project will entail setting up a fuel system capable of handling upwards of 500 hp in a 4500-5000 lb car. We’ve also discussed NOS, but we’ll get into that at a future date. That’s the basics, more will follow as this project is well under way already. Stop by and check it out….it’s no mustang, I can tell you that!
Project Heavyweight 1990 Lincoln Town Car
- Block: ’79 351W .030
- Crank: Scat Cast Steel
- Rods: Eagle SIR “I”Beam
- Pistons: TFS(Arias) 10 : 1 Comp.
- Heads: TFS Twisted Wedge Track Heat Ported by Frankie Ford
- Pushrods: TFS Chrome-Moly
- Rocker Arms: Comp Cams Pro-Magnum
- Timing Chain: Ford Racing
- Lifters: Ford Racing Hydraulic Roller
- Intake Manifold: Edelbrock Performer RPM Ported by Frankie Ford
- Headers: MAC 1 5/8 Mustang Shorties
- Carb: Allstate-prepped Bill Mitchell 750 Holley
- Rear End: 8.8 w/ 4.10 Axle Ratio
- Transmission: F.B. Full Race AOD w/9.5 Converter
This just in..
“Project Heavyweight Loses it’s Battle with the Bulge”. Heavy as we called it has been dismantled and sent via the wrecking cruncher to the great gig in the sky. Enough euphuisms already, but I told him so! He now plans on putting this drivetrain into a ’94 Mustang, carbed and all! Stay Tuned.