1988 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 gas from North America
I love my Thunderbird
My heater core ruptured at the hose cap weld on the core. This is my first major breakdown with this T-bird. There is a lot to this repair, but it's not impossible. Just time consuming. The dash and instrument panel must be removed. The install was much faster than the tear down. I documented all stages of the repair by photo, because I had a hard time finding references for this fix.
I am back to enjoying my favorite car again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th January, 2011
I have to do the same fix. Just finished with an ABS brake unit. Phil.
I also have a 88 Tbird Sport. Nothing wrong with it, very low mileage for her year. She has less than 200,000 km on her.
Good car, lots of power, never had to put it in a shop for anything; just her thermostat needs to be changed, but it's hard to reach her bolts.
But the one thing I am forever wondering, is what are the itty bitty shock at the rear for? The ones that are kind of sideways?
When you floor the gas pedal and take off fast with a car, the rear end tries to rotate and that causes wheel hop. The horizontal shocks you see absorb the shock when the rear end tries to rotate to stop the wheel hop. I like Ford's system just fine. It's simple and it works good. The Chevrolet Camaro uses a different system to prevent wheel hop. It uses a structural tube that runs from the rear end parallel to the drive shaft and connects to the transmission. I am sure it works fine too, but I think Ford's system is better because it takes up less space and it is simpler. You may recall seeing cars in the sixties and seventies with ladder bars under them. Ladders bar do the same thing.