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Cars > Challenges > “Lightning” Vs “RamAirTA”


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Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Circle Pines, Minnesota
United States


1995 Ford Thunderbird LX


1998 Pontiac Trans Am Convertible Ram Air WS6


Photo of: 1995 Ford Thunderbird
Photo of: 1998 Pontiac Trans Am Convertible

No longer owned


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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 “RamAirTA”

There have only been two owners of this TA. Both right here in the Minneapolis area. I am the 2nd owner of those two. I have had three TA convertibles and when I sold the 2nd one, I decided it was a mistake. So the search was on for a replacement. Little did I know that the replacement car would be just a few miles away! And it was an exact duplicate of our RED 2002 WS6 that we sold. So I was really happy to get a chance to pick it up.

Car is totally stock. Even retains the Factory single 3" exhaust. That single pipe always is good for a conversation or two at the car shows.

There are few cars you can buy that are so much fun and really so reasonably priced at the LS1 powered WS6 cars.

I did have to pull the orginal wheels off this summer. At 26,328 miles, they started to weather check and crack to the point of not really being safe. I left them on the original wheels and put a set of 2002 Speedline WS6 wheels on as they were just laying around the garage with new tires ready to go.

You can find me regularly making trips down the the St. Croix River valley and Stillwater, MN on the weekends. It is just a blast to drive.


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 “RamAirTA”

The 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS6 was a special edition Trans Am that came with a ram air package. This package allowed for a mild increase in performance.

The WS6 package took the LS-1 V8's horsepower up to 320 horsepower at 5,200 rpm.

The WS6 package jumped the torque rating up to 345 foot-pounds at 4,000 rpm.

The WS6 took all of its power and turned it into good performance numbers. It went from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.2 seconds with a manual transmission and 6.0 in an automatic. It ran through the 1/4-mile drag strip in 13.4 seconds at 106.2 MPH and had an overall top speed of 165 MPH.

Fuel Economy
With all of this performance considered, the Trans Am WS6 was easy on fuel. It get 18 to 19 MPG in the city and 26 to 28 MPG on the highway.


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 “RamAirTA”

LS1 V8 Engine
Automatic Transmission
WS6 Ram Air
Power Convertible Top
Factory Boot
Leather Interior
PW, PL, PSeats
Power Trunk Release
Tilt and Cruise
17" WS6 Wheels
Air Conditioning
4 Wheel Disc Brakes
AM-FM CD Stereo System
Traction Control


Mods for “Lightning”

- N/A

Mods for “RamAirTA”

2002 WS6 wheels and new tires. Otherwise totally stock.


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