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Old 08-12-2015, 11:36 PM
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190/5.8 track car for sale, $13,995

My 190 has been a track car for NASA time trials and doing DE laps when I'm not instructing. The car has been run for almost 6 years with this reliable drivetrain but now needs a new owner to enjoy it.

The motor is a Ford motorsport 4 bolt main block, bored .070" over and has a .400 forged stroker crank along with forged pistons and rods....354". The heads are Edelbrock (2.05 intakes)with a Victor Jr intake, has a MSD distributor and ignition box. The engine when new was dynoed at 446 hp and 410 torque at the flywheel.
The transmission is a Tremec TKO3550 with a .80 fifth gear. It has a SPEC stage 3 aluminum flywheel, clutch cover and disc. Also runs through a one piece drivesahft to a Ford T'Bird IRS (Torsen) diff and Spicer axles with Ujoints, no CVs!

It has all the right running gear with 4 piston calipers, custom struts, adj. swaybars, VW steering rack, Fluidyne radiator, Accusump etc. The car weighs 3055 and is 54/46% weight distribution. At VIR it is quicker than GT3s on the straights!! It uses 9.5 X17" wheels with 275/40 Hoosiers. It does have fender flares which are steel.

Car is located in NC and has been from Watkins Glen to Pocono, Barber, BeaveRun, RdAtlanta, Roebling Rd., CMP and many more tracks during its life. Any questions, feel free to ask....
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Old 08-13-2015, 08:47 PM
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Hi, tell us more about the T bird diff and axle combo! I'm looking to use a aluminum T bird 8.8 IRS diff in my R129 SL project.
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Old 08-14-2015, 01:11 AM
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I've done this twice now for the same car!

The first time I used the diff from an IRS Corvette which was far easier to do as the Vette diff already has Spicer (#1350) U joints inboard and outboard. This makes it easier to make axles for it. I sold it as there weren't any decent gear ratios available for it I could use. I would go this route if I did it again!

The second used the T'bird IRS diff but the axles used are very different from the GM parts. They use a very large heavy three eared trunion joint inboard and a CV outboard. I mounted the diff into the OE rear subframe by cutting out the middle and making plates etc to mount the diff. to. I centered it because I had to make the axles from scratch so no length problems. I removed the outer hub flanges , put them in a lathe and cut off the CV part...that metal is soft. Next welded on a short piece of heavy wall driveshaft tubing about 2" long. To this gets welded a Spicer flange to accept a U joint.
The inner is the problem....had to anneal the trunion to soften it to cut and then welded a machined flange to bolt the joint to. I then took the inner part to be case hardened but they always messed up and made it too hard so it would break! Not good so I went to The Driveshaft Shop in Salisbury, NC that makes all kinds of custom CV joints, axles etc for everything. They made me a pair of inners using M300 Swedish steel guaranteed to hold
800 hp! They never broke again! The axles are sliding spline shafts normally found on one ton truck driveshafts.
My diff has 3.55 gears and a TruTrac torsen gear style limited slip, great for road racing! My five link arms are all aluminum with with heim joints for adjustment. I didn't use metric joints but 1/2" and drilled out the metric holes to 1/2" which is far easier, available and cost far less!

Hope this answers all your questions. If not, I have pictures!
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:05 PM
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Yep, got is thanks.
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Old 08-25-2015, 02:36 AM
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got any pics / video?
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Old 09-05-2015, 01:39 AM
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I'd love to pics of this beast. From every possible angle!
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