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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 12-15-2000 08:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...the most unloved cars on our web site!

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cpmaverick
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posted 12-15-2000 08:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Steve I'm driving an 88 Bird right now, I love it!!!! Not much to talk about, no problems at all, 100k miles! Turbo & everything original. My father was the original owner.

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Stewart
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posted 12-16-2000 12:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stewart   Click Here to Email Stewart     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
100K on the turbo and no mechanical problems?

Wow!

Stewart

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jkilroy
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posted 12-16-2000 11:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jkilroy   Click Here to Email jkilroy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Turbos are no problem as long as you remeber to do one thing....

Change the oil....

Often....

I have a lot of Turbo experience if anyone wants to discuss them. They are far superior to mechanical superchargers in almost every respect.

If you take a look at almost all areas of racing Turbos always show up at the top of the heap sooner or later. Fuel and Alky racing are the only two classes that don't and thats more a marketing decision than anything else. Turbos would wipe up on big roots blowers with ease if the rules allowed their use, and be a lot easier on the motors.

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BlackLead
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posted 12-17-2000 11:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlackLead   Click Here to Email BlackLead     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
it may be the most unloved on the sight, but I say that I love my 66 T-bird, and it dosnt run yet

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wythors
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posted 12-18-2000 12:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wythors   Click Here to Email wythors     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll take a new one, thank you! Or a '62. I'm not picky.

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Stewart
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posted 12-18-2000 03:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stewart   Click Here to Email Stewart     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jkilroy:
Turbos are no problem as long as you remember to do one thing...change the oil...often....


Turbos would wipe up on big roots blowers with ease if the rules allowed their use, and be a lot easier on the motors.


So you're saying that turbo's are not as hard on an engine as superchargers?

Don't get me wrong, I know absolutely nada about either, except that turbo's cost a heckuva lot more than a S/C unit.

How about longevity? Which units last longer...turbo's or S/C?

What are the better turbo's out there? I understand Incon has a nice twin turbo setup for the 5.0 engine. Do you know anything about them?

Stewart

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 12-18-2000 08:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BlackLead:
it may be the most unloved on the sight, but I say that I love my 66 T-bird, and it dosnt run yet

I was hoping to find some T-bird lovers! I wish we could attract more.

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Dean T
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posted 12-18-2000 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dean T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I happen to have 2 66 T-Bird Town cars (one I want to rebuild and another I bought for parts) but I haven't had the time to do much with 'em.

Right now, I'm trying to figure out how the power windows know when to stop moving and adjust the LH vent window so it closes completely.

Anyway, I'm learning about 'em.

Regards,

Dean T

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cpmaverick
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posted 12-18-2000 07:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jay's right, Turbos are very reliable if you just keep the oil changed. Another thing you need to do is let the car idle for about 30 sec without using the turbo, this isn't hard to do if you live on a sidestreet.

If you put the Turbo away hot the oil just bakes in it.

As far as vs. a supercharger, the Turbo is just as reliable if you take care of it. Turbos also have the capability to be MUCH faster than a supercharger. A friend of mine has a Plymouth Laser (Eclipse) with a 4-cyl Turbo and he runs 11s in the 1/4 and drives it everyday. Its a lot easier to adjust boost with a turbo than a supercahrger.

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BlackLead
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posted 12-19-2000 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlackLead   Click Here to Email BlackLead     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well Dean, I don't know what type of research you have done on the net, but I found a sight that has a bunch of clubs on it, and I noticed you are in south Ca. and there are a lot of t-bird clubs in Ca. any way, here is the sight, and I hope you can get in touch with some one that can answer your question
www.tbird.org

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Joe Clutch
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posted 12-21-2000 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joe Clutch   Click Here to Email Joe Clutch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
I was hoping to find some T-bird lovers! I wish we could attract more.


I love 'em! So much, in fact, that I flat refuse to die before I own at least one T-Bird.


-jc

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kid vishus
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posted 12-22-2000 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love my '96 that I bought new. I'm going to keep it till it quits. Can't buy any other new car now that size or kinda "sporty" looking that will fit more than 2 adults for the amount I paid for it.

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cougarlover
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posted 12-22-2000 05:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cougarlover   Click Here to Email cougarlover     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My uncle just got done restoring his '55 (or is it'56) T-Bird. It looks awesome!! He belongs to the Pajarito Club in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has won many trophies and I plan on making it to a few of the same shows this year. He is very busy and doesn't get on here much, I've tried to get him here. With his permission I'll get a pic to you.

Sandra

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Big D
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posted 01-01-2001 09:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Big D   Click Here to Email Big D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a '90 ThunderbirdSC. I loved it. It was the best driving car I have ever had.

My son was driving it back from Utah hit a black cow at midnight. Fortunealy he and his friend were buckled up and escaped with minor injuries.

As for the SC, it was done. And it was cherry too.

I always thought it would have been cool to take the V6 and other parts and swap over to a street rod

Don

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Thud
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posted 01-02-2001 07:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Thud     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a '90 SC, too! Oh man, didn't they drive great? I miss mine... My fondest memory was the banzai run down GA400, speedo pegged; and nothing but quiet and smooth.

I traded mine on my Lightning, got great trade-in because they already had someone who wanted the SC. DaddyMoney gave it to his baby boy who wrecked it within two weeks. *sigh*

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Ken&Shell
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posted 01-02-2001 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken&Shell   Click Here to Email Ken&Shell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I Drive a 94 T-bird and am not completely happy with it. It is on it's third transmission since I bought it. That was 3 yrs ago. It has 123,000 miles on it. I loved it when i got it. Everything tailors around the driver which is what I liked when I bought it. Now the front suspension is shot on it. when you hit a slight bump in the road you feel everything. Kenny is not looking forward to replacing it either. Everything is a major undertaking on it. I get a cussing everytime he has to change the oil. He has threatened to pull motor and transmission and replace it with something less "computerized"

I have also had a ton of sensors go out on the thing. Costs a fortune everytime one goes out. Then you replace it, it is stronger and another one needs replaced a month or two later as a result. Or at least that is how the dealer explains it to me.

As for classic T-birds, to me that is a different era. Those were nice. Don't own one though.

Michelle
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ctastang
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posted 01-06-2001 06:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ctastang   Click Here to Email ctastang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There was one night at our local cruise-in when we had not one, not two, but three, yes, THREE t-birds present. Two were parked side by side. Now, get this.....drum roll....they were the same color!!!!! On top of that, they were all the 2-seater models from the 50's (forget what year). They were all aqua (don't know Ford's color name) with white tops. It was way cool! I wouldn't mind having one of those myself. Maybe one from the year I was born.

Carole

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bfxcomet
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posted 11-23-2002 12:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bfxcomet   Click Here to Email bfxcomet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve, thanks for the T-Bird forum. I have a 84 T-Bird for a drag racer.There is alot of different years of T-birds that I like. I even have fond memories of a 74 T-bird my Dad had. It was green with a dark green leather interior and 460 under the hood. Man that car could fly on the highway.
Roger

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kid vishus
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posted 12-07-2002 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by kid vishus:
I love my '96 that I bought new. I'm going to keep it till it quits.

WOW!! how plans change. I dont appear to have that car anymmore.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 12-07-2002 10:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It musta quit!

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Ken&Shell
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posted 12-23-2002 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken&Shell   Click Here to Email Ken&Shell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah kid.. I was gonna ask you about that, then I read the post and said,, OH, This posts is old... I dont have my 94 tbird anymore either..

I am fixing to be driving a 86 though.. I'll let you know my opinion on it when it happens though. Somedays things move in SLOW GEAR around here if ya know what I mean.

Shell

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itlbrnmoff
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posted 12-24-2002 03:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for itlbrnmoff   Click Here to Email itlbrnmoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now that would freak me out!!
Good thing no serious injury. [QUOTE]Originally posted by Big D:

My son was driving it back from Utah hit a black cow at midnight.

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posted 01-17-2003 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for corder13   Click Here to Email corder13     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Right now I have 5 T-Birds, and I've had 6 altogether.

1) '93 LX: 5.0 HO/AOD (traded in)
2) '77 T-Bird base: (now a parts car)
3) '85 Elan
4) '86 Turbo Coupe: SOLD
5) '77 T-Bird Town Landau: For Sale ($1000 or partial trades accepted)
6) '86 Turbo Coupe: (parts car)

I love T-Birds. If anyone needs to know any basic info on them, let me know. I probably know it. LOL

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posted 01-18-2003 08:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Top money car at Barret Jackson yesterday was a 57 Bird. $74k.

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