This is my 1985 Thunderbird under construction. I picked up the Bird in Maryland, (I live in New York, can you say Salt-Rusts-Everything?) being a bone stock V6 car, rust free, straight, and recently painted. Drove it home, parked it in the garage, and started removing everything not performance oriented....Engine, trans, rear, etc.
As you can see, I totally stripped all accessories and non-essential wiring from the engine compartment. Finished this off with sanding, seam sealing, and painting the compartment. It looks much, much cleaner now.
Then I removed the original factory K-member and set it aside in favor off a QA1 Mustang Tubular K-Member. This piece is lightweight, giving me a ton of room for headers, etc, not to mention a MUCH cleaner look in the engine bay.
I'll be ordering the new lower control arms in the near future, then mount late model Mustang spindles and brake components (rotors, calipers, etc) and eventually clean up and transfer the original rack and pinion unit from the original K-member.