1986 Ford Thunderbird Overview


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I Love This Car!!!!!! by blockbustedblonde
 — I got my T'bird in 1990 for 5K and it was in showroom condition. It has about 42K miles on it and I haven't had to do any major repairs on it other than the usual kinds (breaks, ect.) It still perfo... Read More
T-bird Til The Day I Die by br4ndonn4bors
 — If you take care of your '86 thunderbird, and put a little work into it, it can evolve into the best car you'll ever own. I split the exhaust from the manifold and turned it into dual exhaust--along w... Read More
She Was A Damn Good Car by someone
 — She died at 330,000 miles at no fault of her own. It was me the driver that caused her death. She still runs, but it is not safe to drive her with a large chunk missing from the frame. I was the secon... Read More

1986 Ford Thunderbird Overview

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1986 Ford Thunderbird

Not much change was made for the 1986 Ford Thunderbird model year.  There were a few minor exterior tweaks, most notably the addition of a third brake light.  The most significant change was under the hood, with the 5.0 liter V-8 engine getting the added power of fuel injection.  The entry-level V-6 engine and the Turbo Coupe’s innovative turbocharged four-cylinder remained the same for the '86 Thunderbird.

Trim offerings were the same as the previous year's, with the Heritage, FILA, Elan, and Turbo Coupe available.  The interior was stylish, with a European racing feel.  Ford hit a good note with its 'Aero Bird' generation: the look and feel combined the sexiness and zip of a classic sport performance car with the plush comfort of a luxury sedan.  The '86 Ford Thunderbird had enough muscle to zip around highways and streets, but was streamlined enough not to be a gas guzzler: fuel economy was estimated at 24-30 mpg highway, depending on engine and model.

The 1986 Thunderbird is a good buy, if you can find one out there.  Often overlooked in the hoopla that surrounded some of the following year's innovations, the '86 T-Bird is a solid performer loved by tuners and project-car junkies alike.


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