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    Thumbs up Curb weight '86 base Bird

    I'm actually kind of impressed with the weight (or lack there of) on my T-bird. It's just a 3.8L base model but it came in at 3100 lbs. exactly without me in it and around a half tank of gas.

    Carry on...

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    Sometimes these cars aren't as heavy as people think. My 88 was 1610kg, or about 3500 pounds. This was a 5.0 car after the subframe connectors, tubular adjustable rear control arms, 8.8 swap, and t-5 swap, with a 12" sub, amp, and associated wiring.
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    My 88 LX (every option but a sunroof) tips the scales at 3556lbs with no driver, empty trunk (except for spare and jack) and 18 gallons of gas in the tank. That's with no Thermactor system, catalytic converters, or EGR valve. It's 3700lbs+ with me. Heck it even has aluminum heads. I wouldn't doubt in stock form it was close to 3600lbs sans driver.
    '88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, Edelbrock 70mm TB, 76mm C&L MAF, 30lb injectors, 2.5" exhaust, AOD with 2800 PI converter, 8.8 with 3.73 gears, 31 spline Traction-Lok, 31 spline Moser axles, 04 Cobra front arms, Maximum Motorsports extreme duty rear arms, subframes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder Chicken View Post
    Sometimes these cars aren't as heavy as people think.
    Yeah, that was part of the reason for running it across the scales. I think everyone sees Thunderbird and immediately thinks boat. Yet, the base model is pretty darn light and not that far off a similar year Mustang. Perfect for making fast!

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    My car is parked next to a new 4 door Honda Accord. It actually makes my car look not so big.
    '88 Sport--T-5,HURST shifter,TMoss GT-40 intake,Ed Curtis cam,Trick Flow heads,Scorpion rockers,70mm t-body,3G,mini starter,Taurus fan,BBK headers,O/R H-Pipe, Flowamaster 40's, deep and deeper Cobra R wheels,Mass Air, Mass Air and 24's,8.8 with 3.73's,140 mph speedo,Mach 1 chin spoiler,SN-95 springs,CHE control arms,aluminum drive shaft and a lot more..

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    Those new Accords and Camrys are huge. Heck, the new Corolla is the same size as my old 97 Camry!

    1986 T-bird 3.8 *SOLD*
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    Right, it's like sometimes I think my tbird is a big car then you park next to nothing but newer cars and they really make our cars look small
    Heck I'm actually always parking in "compact" spots lol
    1987 T-Bird TC: 5-Spd, 5-lug conv., CHE Rear CAs, '04 Cobra wheels and 13" Brakes, Vac Assist conv: '93 Cobra BB/MC & Wilwood PV, Gutted/Knived Intakes, T3 turbo, RFE6 Mani, Stinger 3" Exhaust & Oil Feed, 255HP Walbro, Kirban AFPR, RR Cam, Esslinger Cam gear and Round Tooth Conv., Gillis Boost Valve, Speedway Dual Valve Spring, K&N, 130a 3g Alt conv., 140mph Speedo
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    I just did some checking, a base 88 with the V8 weighs about 200 lbs less than a base 89 with the V6.
    Last edited by White85GS; 10-10-2015 at 05:12 PM.
    Current: 1986 Thunderbird, 105k 3.8/C5, 2 tone Midnight Wine/Medium Taupe, wing windows, wire wheel covers.


    Former: 1985 Cougar GS 115k Oxford White/Regatta Blue, 5.0, full console, 14" 8 hole aluminum T-Bird rims, Edelbrock valve covers.

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    I really want to scale mine. Manual everything and only real options are 302 and console now.
    Quote Originally Posted by jcassity
    I honestly dont think you could exceed the cost of a new car buy installing new *stock* parts everywhere in your coug our tbird. Its just plain impossible. You could revamp the entire drivetrain/engine/suspenstion and still come out ahead.
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    Mine is 3450 without driver. A/C system completely removed, Kenne Bell added in it's place, aluminum heads, Tremec TKO500 no sway bar, no cats, subframe connectors. Not bad considering how heavy the 2 all-electric front seats are.
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