Wednesday, May 9, 2018

3rd Gear Rubber: 1978 Ford Thunderbird

The seventh generation of the Ford Thunderbird was released in 1978 and it was a miserably slow car.  Blame it on the aging buyers who wanted a gushy & quiet ride, or the ever-increasing safety standards that added weight, or the ever-tightening emission standards that choked power, but the biggest beast of a V8 engine 400 cubic inch Cleveland V8 that pushed out a hilarious 166 horsepower.  What that means 40 years later is that the car makes the perfect sleeper because nobody expects a vehicle from the height of the malaise era to be able to go toe-to-toe with a new Tesla in a drag race. Find this 1978 Ford Thunderbird offered for $4499 in Anaheim, CA via craigslist. Tip from Sean S.

From the seller:

1978 Ford T-Bird 
fuel: gas 
title status: clean 
transmission: automatic 
Fully built race motor, 460 ci motor, cobra jet heads, 11.5:1 compression, 9 inch rear end, c6 transmission, will burn rubber into 3rd gear


Call or text Aaron

See a cheaper way to get a built 460ci engine?


  1. I think this guy was the original owner...

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  2. This thing must need 100 octane fuel.

  3. Even if this isn't your style, the drive train is worth the sale price alone if he's got a Dyno slip to back up the 500hp claim.

  4. why on earth spend the time and money on this car? So many better options for that drivetrain. I'm guessing the car was near free and the engine was from a wrecked race car. All profit for this guy.


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