1985 Ford Thunderbird Overview


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1985 Ford Thunderbird Overview

The 1985 Ford Thunderbird was offered in a special 30th Anniversary Edition, with distinctive blue paint, jazzy racing stripes, and the 5.0 liter Windsor V-8 engine. This special 'Aero Bird' was a much more fitting inheritor of the T-Bird mystique than some of its disappointing 'Box Bird' predecessors of the early 1980s!

Regular trim offerings for the '85 Thunderbird included the Heritage, FILA, Elan, and Turbo Coupe. The interior of the 1985 Thunderbird saw a pretty significant redesign, while the exterior got a few tweaks here and there, including yet another new look for the front grille and rear taillights.

Under the hood, the '85 Ford Thunderbird shipped off the line with the 3.8 liter Essex V-6, clocking at 110 horsepower; an upgrade to the 5.0 liter Windsor V8 brought 140 horsepower. As for the Turbo Coupe's turbocharged 4-cylinder, a reengineering brought that all the way up to a 155-horsepower output.

The mid-eighties 'Aero Birds' had finally found that sweet spot in the automotive market of the day. With the look and feel of a European-style sport performance car, the comfort and options range of a luxury vehicle, and the fuel efficiency of a family sedan, the 1985 Ford Thunderbird was an easy sell. You'll still find some of these beauties on the streets today: their low-to-the-ground styling and solid construction make them favorites with the tuner and low-rider crowd.


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Engine And Transmission Swap

I have a Ford crate motor M-6007-XF3M 5.0 that has a Lakewood LAK-15201 bell housing. Will a 1983-1993 Ford Mustang T-5 tremmec transmission #1352-000-251 work on this set up, and fit nicely in a Ford...

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What Engine And Transmission Can I Put In My 1985 Turbo?

Stock is hard to find. It's a stock 3spd manual (C5) with a 2.3L turbo engine. That's all I know about the car. I want something more modern, hopefully with a 5 spd manual but not too difficult.

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Where Are The Power Door Lock Relays Located On A 85 Turbo Coupe. Can't Fi...

Need to replace the door lock down relay and cannot locate it. Have inspected the entire dash area and cannot find them. Any idea where they are located?

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Would It Be Worth Restoring 1985 T-bird 30th Anniversity Edition

body is straight,need interior work has been converted to 4bl carb 2nd.owner

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I'm Some Difficulty Removing A Door Panel From A 1985 Thunderbird

I removed all the screws except for one that is inside the armrest. I can see it where the handle for the latch is coming from. I don't know how to detach the armrest to access the screw. It feels l...

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