My 1986 Turbo Thunderbird

1986 Ford Thunderbird
Turbo Coupe



    My 1986 Turbo Thunderbird


    Here's a recent photo of my 1986 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe. I purchased it as a demo in the fall of 1986. This is my second Thunderbird, the first being a brand new 1977 which my dad bought new in 77. I still have this car, with all of 1,200 odd miles on it. He prefered to drive my 76 Celica instead....The 77 is currently parked on my mum's driveway with a dead fuel pump. Could be gummed up fuel lines as well since it's been a lot of years since it was started. Guess this will be my next project one day as the car is like new.

    My 86 TC is basically original except for the wheels and tires which were recently replaced. The only other modification was to replace the stock air filter with a K&N air filter several years ago. I've replaced the clutch once, starter, rad as well as std stuff like brakes. Otherwise everything under the hood is original including the exhaust system.

    I have just under 96,000 kms (Canadian Car) on my Bird and it has never been winter driven. It has either been covered or now garaged and has all original trim pieces and the original factory paint. The factory rims were stored a couple of years ago when I replaced the tires.


    My 1986 Turbo Thunderbird


    One interesting styling cue is the decal just above the molding. Nothing that was a factory option but I believe this was put on by whoever detailed the car for the autoshow. From a distance it's an interesting visual cue, perhaps to make the car appear to be lower? Also many thanks to the folks on the NATO website for sending me the missing piece of trim I lost!

    Some factory options on my Tbird,

  • Premium Sound, *the speakers are the weak link in this setup.
  • Graphic Equalizer
  • Electronic Climate control
  • Autolamp system
  • Cornering lamps
  • Speed Control
  • Illuminated Entry system
  • Tilt wheel
  • Power antenna
  • Dual 6-way power seats
  • Power lock group


    My 1986 Turbo Thunderbird


    This is an extra tag attached to the crossmember holding the rad on this car. The folks at the North American Turbocoupe Organization messageboard were able to confirm that this is a buck tag that signifies that the car was used at the Toronto International Auto Show in 1986.


    My 1986 Turbo Thunderbird


    Pretty stock stuff here, note the extra controls for the autolamp and autodimming functions. Also the stick for the tilt steering wheel.


    My 1986 Turbo Thunderbird


    This sensor behind the mirror is part of the autodimming function. When it sensed an oncoming car the high beams would automatically be shut off.


    My 1986 Turbo Thunderbird


    This is the setup for the graphic equalizer and cassette stereo. The amplifier for the stereo was mounted in the trunk under the package shelf.


    My 1986 Turbo Thunderbird


    The controls for the dual power seats, one day I'll get around to sticking this trim plate back down!


    My 1986 Turbo Thunderbird


    I lost this piece of door trim a few years ago, it's only held in by several plastic pins molded to the back of the piece. Note holes on metal trim.

    A big thank you to everyone from the www.turbotbird.com website and board who responded to my request for help in locating a replacement part!


    My 1986 Turbo Thunderbird


    I also saved a number of Thunderbird brochures over the years. Click here to see the 1986 Ford Thunderbird brochure that was sent to Canadian dealers. *note, page is about 670k in size due to the photos.


    Ford Performance


    Picked up this copy of Ford High Performance magazine in 86, the SVO catalog had some interesting goodies.

    Here are brochures and articles I saved over the years. I've posted several and hope to scan and upload all of them eventually.

    Technical information from the 1986 Shop Manual.



    My e-mail address is kevino@newsroom.net









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