1968 Ford Thunderbird 429 Thunderjet from North America

Summary:

429 Thunderjet oh ya!

Faults:

Drive shaft u joints.

Freeze plugs.

General Comments:

I bought this car for $50. It was sitting in someone's driveway not running. I bought a new battery, did a tune up and put a new 2 1/2" dual exhaust w/hush thrush mufflers. I took it out of the shop for a test drive, and lit the back tires up for about 200 feet. That car had a mountain of torque. I had a lot of fun with that car, and never turned down a race and never got beat, even when it was the PD. :o.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th November, 2010

1968 Ford Thunderbird Landau Coupe 429 Thunderjet from North America

Summary:

Never been rebuilt after almost 250,000 miles! Runs great!

Faults:

Transmission started leaking slightly at about 75,000m.

Starter motor died at 210,000m.

Steering box started leaking some power steering fluid at 230,000m.

Some rust just above rear wheel lips.

General Comments:

This car is amazing!

It's closing in on 250,000 miles and has yet to be rebuilt once.

The big 429 has enough power to push this 6000lb car to 15 second quarter mile times. Which is usually enough to whoop up on 5.0 Mustangs and more than it's fair share of Camaros and Firebirds.

It's floaty, like most Fords from the era, but that's what makes driving it so nice. Most comfortable car I've ever driven.

It has 2.90 highway gearing, so gas mileage is surprisingly good. Even though you have to fill up with the highest octane you can find... which can sometimes be difficult.

Other than the problems I listed before, the only other problem with the car is sometimes you have to jiggle the gear lever around in park to start the car, because of the safety switch which keeps you from starting the car in gear.

All in all, I'd have to say it's one great and often overlooked piece of engineering history.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2007

5th Apr 2009, 12:31

Good review but here are a couple of correction on your stats.

These cars do not weigh 6000 lbs. Depending on equipment and number of doors (the 4 door cars were slightly longer and heavier), they weigh 4100 - 4500 lbs.

Also, your rear end gear ratio was not 2.90:1. The stock ratio was 2.80:1, with an optional 3.00:1 ratio.