Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
July 26, 2006
Photos By: Michael Galimi, Scott Parker

3rd Place
'93 Thunderbird Super Coupe
Paul Roberge, La Habra, CA
14.84/93.47

With Contestants dropping like flies just days before the event, Paul Roberge called us out of the blue and said he might be able to provide two capable Super Coupes. It turned out that one of the cars couldn't make it, so Paul drove his own personal SC to the meet.

What was surprising was that the ringer he had brought suffered several problems throughout the day and never ran faster than Paul's own daily driver, which had half as many mods as the other.

High-14s from a 4,100-pound coupe are respectable enough, until you figure in that the Super Coupe's powerplant has 169,000 miles on it and just a handful of minor mods.

STRIP SPECS
Owner:Paul Roberge
Hometown:La Habra, CA
Driver:Paul Roberge
Year/Model:’93 Thunderbird Super Coupe
Weight w/Driver:4,114 lbs
Engine:232 ci (3.8-liter) V-6
Built By:Ford
Intercooler:Stock air-to-air
Power Adder:Stock Eaton M90 supercharger
Maximum Boost/ Nitrous Qty.:13 psi
Intake Manifold:Stock
Cylinder Head(s):Stock
Compression Ratio:Stock 8.2:1
Camshaft(s):Stock
Ignition:Stock
Exhaust:Stock manifolds with DynoMax resonator back system
Transmission:Stock AOD
Converter/Clutch:Stock
Rear Type:Stock IRS with 3.27:1 ring-and-pinion
Wheels:Stock 16x7
Tires F/R:225/60/16
Suspension Front:Stock
Suspension Rear:Stock
Best ET/MPH:15.37 / 90.09

STRIP LOG
Run #60-FT1/4-MileMPH
12.2714.9692.68
22.2914.8493.47
32.3114.9293.54