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A 1988 Ford Thunderbird Sport Fox-Body That’s Far From Original
Snapshot: 1988 Thunderbird Sport
Vincent Seeman • Ardmore, OK • 1988 Thunderbird Sport
Vincent picked up this 1988 Fox-body Thunderbird Sport from a salvage yard about 15 miles from home. Piece by piece he started saving it, and now he takes it grocery shopping and to the track, cruises the highway, and graces a few car shows in between. Everything has been replaced except the brakes, which are next on the list. Inside the car is a 5.0L engine with an Ed Curtis custom camshaft from Lunati, Trick Flow Twisted wedge 170 heads, Scorpion roller rockers, GT-40 tubular intake with TMoss ported lower, 70mm throttle-body and EGR delete spacer, a 1993 X3Z Cobra computer and MAF, 24-pound injectors from Summit Racing Equipment, an MSD billet distributor, and Canton aluminum valve covers. He also installed a 130-amp 3G alternator, smog and EGR delete, and a three-row aluminum radiator with an electric fan out of a Ford Taurus. Delivering fuel is a 255-lph fuel pump and an Kirban adjustable fuel pressure regulator and fuel pressure gauge under the hood. Air and exhaust gases are routed through a BBK CAI setup, shorty headers, and an off-road H-pipe to Flowmaster mufflers. It also features a BBK strut tower brace, a hand-fabricated aluminum belt cover, and a steel filler panel between the core support and header panel. Transmission is a Ford Racing Z-Spec T-5 with a Hurst billet shifter and a pistol-grip shifter knob. Vincent also added an aluminum driveshaft from a Crown Vic, an 8.8 rearend with 3.55 gears, CHE tubular control arms, SN95 lowering springs, a Ford Motorsport 140mph speedo, sequential tails, and deep Cobra R wheels. The exterior is DuPont Pop Green Effect and has a 1972 Torino hoodscoop grafted to clear the intake manifold. It also has a custom ducktail spoiler, a 2004 Mach 1 chin spoiler, and a 2004 Bullitt fuel door painted to match. The header panel and front bumper came from a Turbo Coupe T-bird.