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Cars > Challenges > “Lightning” Vs “The Black Car”


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Halifax, Nova Scotia





1995 Ford Thunderbird LX


1985 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28

“The Black Car”

Photo of: 1995 Ford Thunderbird
Photo of: 1985 Chevrolet Camaro

Head to Head


About “Lightning”

My 1995 Ford Thunderbird LX, equipped with a 4.6L OHC "Modular" V8 engine, rear-wheel drive and a healthy dose of torque built on the MN12 platform.

I have owned "Lightning" for about 2 years now as both my main project car and previously as my daily driver.

Even with some of the issues she had due on one part to poor previous ownership and on another to the harsh climate here. I really love this car for a lot of reasons and I find it impossible to let it go.

I just recently got her off the road to begin the resurrection project after I found another daily driver (1999 Ford Escort SE). One of the biggest parts of this challenge is not working on her though, it is actually demolishing the old garage and building a proper one in it's place, so that I can actually work on the project properly and safely.

I will post the to-do list of everything I am doing to Lightning on here eventually.

To-Do List For 2011-2013:

Everything, seriously..

About “The Black Car”

I bought this car in 1989 and drove it daily until 2005 when I started to heavily customize it. The motor is rebuilt and supercharged. The hood wears a custom fiberglass scoop. The dashboard is fully digital.


Specs for “Lightning”

- MN12 Platform
- 4.6L OHC "Modular" V8 (281ci.)
- 205 hp @ 4,500rpm, 265 lb·ft @ 3,200rpm
- 4R70W 4-Speed A/T + O/D
- 2-Door Coupe
- 200.3" - Length
- 72.7" - Width
- 52.5" - Height
- 113" - Wheelbase
- 3,725lb Curb Weight

Mileage: 132,000 km's

Specs for “The Black Car”

The car is powered by an LG-4 305 rebuilt and supercharged with a WEIAND 142 miniblower. Smog-legal SLP 1-3/4" headers, 3" Catco convertor and Flowmaster exhaust. A Three Rivers Aluminum driveshaft spins the 3.42 rear (w/disc brakes and an EATON posi unit). Spohn subframe connectors tighten up the rear along with tubular control arms, a "Wonderbar" and Panard bar.


Factory Options for “Lightning”

- Power Everything
- Independent Rear Suspension
- Variable Assist Power Steering
- Leather Interior
- 6-Way Power Driver Seat
- 2-Way Power Passenger Seat
- AM/FM Radio
- CD Player (Original Ford)
- Illuminated Keyless Entry
- Remote Starter
- Rear Window Defroster
- Moonroof / Sunroof
- Cup Holders
- A/C

Factory Options for “The Black Car”

Air Conditioning, Tinted Windows. 4BBL V-8 700R-4 Auto
Z-28 Trim package, antisway bars.


Mods for “Lightning”

- N/A

Mods for “The Black Car”

Supercharger, Hurst dual-gate shifter, Street Raptor Torque Convertor, Ram-air scoop, 16 " Z-Q8 wheels, 1989 Trans Am side skirts, fender vents and turn signals. Headlights come from a 1989 Berretta GTU. Custom driving lights are installed in the front nose. Hand -made fiberglass dashboard (with Knight Rider-style gauges). Front and rear video cameras. An ABS overhead console houses a police scanner and radar detector. The rear seat has been removed and replaced with a "Back to the Future" inspired flux-capacitor panel that is powered by two solar panels on the deck-lid.


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