1977 Ford Thunderbird Overview

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Big Red Land Yaught by Scott1972
 — This really does feel like a boat to drive, and is about the same size as one. You can barely tell you're even on the road. The car has no road feel, is extremely quiet, and comfortable. The transmi... Read More
My Beast by 77_BLUE_TBIRD
 — this is my favorite car yet she is ford blue with navy blue interior 0 gauge AMP kit,, 2 12 inch rockford fosgate P3's and 1500 watt fosgate mono block amp 6 pioneer 6x9 at 500watts a piece shes very... Read More
This Would Be A Great First Car. by Thunderbird1177
 — This car accelerates fast with lots of power, does burnouts a quarter mile down the road, brakes good with anti-locks, and handle just right. This car when first bought needed a new fuel pump to run, ... Read More

1977 Ford Thunderbird Overview

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1977 Ford Thunderbird

For 1977, Ford downsized the Thunderbird dramatically.  Reinvented as a mid-sized car, on a platform based on the now-discontinued Torino sedan, the 1977 Ford Thunderbird was a zippier, sportier breed of bird than its immediate predecessors.  The 'Torino Bird' slimmed down dramatically, dropping 900+ pounds of weight (quite a makeover!)  Ford also trimmed the list price by almost $3,000.  Buyers responded with delight, and sales rose significantly.

The sporty new '77 Thunderbird hadn't lost all of its luxury stylings, though.  Inside the cabin, plush comfort was still the focus, with bucket seats and touches of chrome.  Sharper, squarer lines were the hallmark of the 1977 Thunderbird's exterior redesign (echoing the boxy, shoulder-padded, razor-edged look just then hitting the fashion runways).

Downsizing made its impact under the hood as well.  The '77 Ford Thunderbird shipped off the line with a smaller engine than the previous year's.  The standard engine was a 5.0 liter, 302 cubic inch small-block V-8; buyers had the option of upgrading to a 5.8 liter, 351 cubic inch or 6.6 liter, 400 cubic inch V8.  This was definitely a disappointment to drivers looking to the T-Bird as an ultimate muscle car, especially for folks who had come to love its giant mill on drag strips and stock tracks.  On the other hand, the new TBird was so much lighter that few drivers noticed a loss in everyday performance.  

And the 1977 T-Bird was so much easier to feed!  Its improved fuel efficiency made a big difference at the pumps, and that was as strong a selling point in the Carter Administration as it is today.

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Ford Thunderbird Questions

Howard3578
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What Would Cause The Lights To Cut Off While Driving At Night?

I would be driving at night and the lights would just cut off with no warning. I would have to cut them off and cut them back on, just to get them to come back on. They won't stay on longer than 30 mi...

34 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 months ago)
Keith Wilson
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1977 Thunderbird Hidden Wipers Do Not Return To Home Position When Off?

39 views with 4 answers (last answer 10 months ago)
xander
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Hidden Headlight Covers Slowly Open...where Is The Problem ?

262 views with 4 answers (last answer 11 months ago)
JimTKing
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Where Can I Find A Y-pipe For 1977 T-bird 351w

I can't seem to find one anywhere

56 views with 1 answer (last answer about a year ago)
Rogelio
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Does My Starter Get Hot Causing Not To Start?

My 1977 T-Bird runs great and all with A/C on and temperature guage staying under low normal temp. After a few miles or so 25 to 30 miles shutting off engine. Engine has a hard time cranking over to...

161 views with 3 answers (last answer 2 years ago)