1986 Ford Thunderbird Overview

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1986 Ford Thunderbird Overview

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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    Nortonmichelle
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    Instrument Lights

    The light just for the speedometer went out my instrumental is digtal

    13 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 months ago)

    1986 "talladega T Bird"

    I recently ran across this 1986 "Talladega T Bird" and couldn't resist... they told me it was a limited edition and that only around 2000 were made. I've never seen or heard of one, does anyone have a...

    2,059 views with 26 answers (last answer 5 months ago)
    Dixidee
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    86 Tbird Speedometer Dark

    Mechanic took out dash to clean a/c fan. Digital Speedometer light won't work.

    11 views with 2 answers (last answer 5 months ago)
    darkpryan
    10

    For Sale

    12 views with 1 answer (last answer 7 months ago)
    Tankypoo75
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    Wiring On 1986 Ford Thunderbird V6 3.8

    15 views with 2 answers (last answer 8 months ago)