My 1978 Thunderbird starta right up then it quits in traffic and won't start for a while. After sitting runs no prob.

Nolan Rapier

Asked by Oct 25, 2014 at 11:00 PM about the 1978 Ford Thunderbird

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I've replaced fuel filter, thermostat

3 Answers


It could be the coil getting hot. Or something in distributed if it does it again check to see if the car has fire at the plugs


You are describing a classic ignition module for those years, most likely it has a blue grommet where the wiring goes into the unit, most part stores will have this in stock, it might be a good idea to replace the distributor pickup inside the distributor at this time, especially if it has never been changed. That too should be at your local parts store.


I had the same problem on one of my 65's and I replaced the coil (which was fire hot after running) and the ignition module. Now it runs fine.

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