Ford Thunderbird for it s parts has 3.9 liter V8 engine that produces 280 horse power and 286 pound feet of torque, Electronic throttle control and variable cam timing improved performance, power, and fuel economy, a select-shift automatic transmission was added that allows semi-manual shifting. Ford Thunderbird Part has restyled the seats, and added three new wheel designs, new appearance packages, and new interior appointments.
Ford Thunderbird Performance Parts very well equipped the Thunderbird with anti-lock brakes; all-speed traction control; Homelink three-button garage-door opener; leather-wrapped, power tilt steering wheel; power mirrors and windows; AM/FM stereo with in-dash six-disc CD player and clock; center console with storage; cup holders; keyless entry; six-way power driver's seat; two-way power passenger seat; SecuriLock security system; speed control; dual vanity mirrors; dual driver and passenger automatic temperature control; leather bucket seats; second-generation front and side air bags for driver and passenger; and P235/50R17 tires on 16-spoke painted aluminum wheels.
Other notable Ford Thunderbird body parts which add to its impeccable performance include heated seats and seven-spoke, 17-inch chromed aluminum wheels; 16-spoke bright machined aluminum wheels, a sand-colored convertible top, seats, steering wheel, shift knob, and optional soft boot, plus cream-colored gauges. This package also features bronze metallic appliqus on the instrument panel, door trim, center stack, shifter bezel, and scuff plates.
The heater on my Ford isn't working. It doesn't make the cabin warm enough. There's good airflow from the vents, but the air isn't there's not enough heat. What should I do to get the heater working? What are the possible defects in the heating system?
It sounds like the thermostat of your Ford isn't working right. It may be stuck open. Because of this, coolant isn't properly circulated around the engine. It isn't able to reach the required temperature, so even if it does flow through the heater core, it doesn't get to produce enough heat to keep the cabin warm. Most probably, the warm air is just coming from the air vents. To fix this heater, you may also have to check if the engine is running low on coolant, which creates air pockets leading to heat loss. A coolant flush, in which case, may be required to fix it. Another possible cause to look into is a clogged heater core or a defective heater control valve.
It's odd that there's this sweet smell coming from the air vents of my Ford. Where could this possibly come from? And what does it mean? Should I be worried?
The sweet smell from the vents could be coming from a leak in the heater core. The leak may be dripping into the heater ducts and the car's flooring, which explains why there's a sweet smell flowing around the cabin when the blower is switched on. You have to fix the leaky heater core. You also have to gauge the coolant level, if it's too low. In which case, you'll need to find the source of the leak through a pressure test in the system. Fix the coolant leak and make sure there's enough cooling fluid circulating around the engine to prevent overheating.
Why do I smell oil in the radiator of my Ford Thunderbird? How did it get in there? When I checked the coolant, it appears muddy. Should this be a cause for concern? What should I do?
You have to find the source of the leak. This could be caused by a blown head gasket or a leak from the transmission assembly. You have to check the engine oil and trace any leak. If the leak is from a fractured component or a broken fitting, this should be fixed or replaced to prevent oil from mixing into the coolant and causing contamination. The radiator should be flushed if oil has leaked into it. This should then be refilled with the right mixture of antifreeze and water. After refilling it with coolant, you have to check if the antifreeze mixture is working. Take note of any sign of cooling problem.
What could possibly go wrong if the radiator only has water in it and doesn't have enough antifreeze?
Water may freeze when it gets really cold, and that's where the problem starts. The frozen water will expand, and this would ruin the radiator, water pump, and other cooling system units. Make sure there's enough antifreeze. The recommended mixture is typically 50% water and 50% antifreeze. Check the manufacturer's recommendations to feed the cooling system with the right mixture.
Ford Thunderbird: A Truly American Legend
Few brands can claim to be as solidly American as Ford is. Since 1903, the company started by Henry Ford has been expanding the company’s influence well beyond America’s shores. Among all the vehicles the manufacturing giant has produced, few have had such long term impact as the Thunderbird. Taking the name of a powerful beast of Native American folklore, this Ford classic had a lot to live up to.
1955-1966: The birth of a legend
The Thunderbird actually came off the line in February of 1955 as a response to Chevrolet’s newest sports car at the time—the Corvette. Funnily enough, the T-bird was not marketed as a sports car but as personal luxury car to create its own segment. The very first Thunderbird had a two-seater coupe/convertible set up and, despite the rebranding, actually did look sleeker and more athletic than other Fords.
Other than the look, the Thunderbird was mechanically similar to its siblings: a 102.1 inch wheelbase frame and a 4.8-L Y-block V8 capable of 210-225 horsepower output. Of course, the whole point of the Thunderbird was to trounce the Corvette—this it did ably by a margin of 23:1. So successful was the first outing of the car that it remained wholly unchanged up until 1961.
The look of the Thunderbird was overhauled to give it a bullet-like appearance. It got a hefty 6.4-L V8 that produced a whopping 300 horsepower. As in 1955, the Thunderbolt sold fast and became very popular—it was pace car for the 1961 Indianapolis 500 as well as JFK’s inauguration. 1966 saw yet another upgrade—a new egg-crate style grille with a huge Thunderbird emblem and a bump in engine performance up to 315 horsepower.
1967-1997: A period of growth and evolution
The 1972 Thunderbird represented the first truly radical shift in the overall design paradigm of the model. Overall, it became one of the largest Thunderbirds ever built, sharing the heavy body and frame of the Lincoln Mark IV. The engine options were equally large: either a 7.0-L or 7.5-L V8! Sales peaked at 87,000 units in spite of the 1973 oil crisis.
1983 saw still another major redesign. This new Thunderbird was far sleeker, more aerodynamic, and had a shorter wheelbase. Ford toned down the engine to more efficient—but nonetheless powerful—3.8-L Essex V6 or 4.9-L Windsor 5.0 V8. Both engines benefited from fuel injection. Eventually, both of these were supplanted by a turbocharged 2.3-L OHC 4-cylinder engine that produced up to 155 horsepower!
The 1990s would see substantial improvements in the Thunderbird before it would go into hiatus for five years. A new engine, of course, was front and center in these changes: Ford’s brand new Modular 4.6-L OHC V8 replaced the Windsor. Ford also installed the 4R70W 4-speed automatic, which was more responsive and intelligent due to electronic control.
2002-2005: The last great flight of the Thunderbird
In 2002, the Thunderbird went back to its roots, sporting a retrofuturistic design that blended the original T-bird’s two-seat coupe/convertible layout with a lot of rounded curves and surfaces. The one engine for this last iteration was a Jaguar-designed AJ-30 3.9-L DOHC V8 which gave it an impressive 252 horsepower output—which was bumped up to an AJ-35, giving it variable valve timing, electronic throttle control, and 280 horsepower.
While sales were still impressive, they were not enough to justify the development of newer generations. On July 1, 2005, the last Thunderbird rolled off the assembly line.