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LX 2dr Coupe LX


Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.5 x 1.0
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Brake Type Power
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8 x 1.0
Brake ABS System
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.1 x 0.7
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.1

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 12.6
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 14.0


Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 650
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 540
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 130


Engine Order Code 99W
Engine Order Code 994
Engine Type Gas V8
Engine Type Gas V6
Displacement 4.6L/281
Displacement 3.8L/232
Fuel System SEFI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 205 @ 4250
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 145 @ 4000
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 280 @ 3000
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 215 @ 2750

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (in) 113.0
Liftover Height (in) 24.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.2
Track Width, Front (in) 61.6
Height, Overall (in) 52.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.2
Length, Overall (in) 200.3

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.0

Interior Dimensions

Front Leg Room (in) 42.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 101.0
Front Hip Room (in) 55.6
Second Head Room (in) 37.5
Second Leg Room (in) 35.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.9
Second Hip Room (in) 56.6
Passenger Capacity 5
Front Head Room (in) 38.1


EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17


Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.1
Steering Type Power Rack & Pinion
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.6
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.75


Vehicle Name Ford Thunderbird
Body Style 2 Door Coupe LX


Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 30.2
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 30.2
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.06
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.96
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.94
Suspension Type - Front Short Long Arm
Suspension Type - Rear Independent H-arm


Rear Tire Order Code T37
Spare Tire Order Code
Front Tire Size P225/60R16
Front Tire Size P215/70R15
Rear Tire Size P225/60R16
Rear Tire Size P215/70R15
Spare Tire Size T125/90R15
Rear Tire Order Code
Front Tire Order Code T37
Front Tire Order Code


Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)


Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Clutch Size (in)
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.32
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.70
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.56
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.84
Trans Description Cont. Again Electronic
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD,
Trans Type 4
Trans Order Code 44L
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.27


EPA Classification Mid-Size

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3644
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3506


Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.5
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Front Wheel Material Chrome
Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Spare Wheel Size (in) 15 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material Chrome
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0