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Cars > Challenges > “Lightning” Vs “Sir Isaac”

 

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Zanting

M–24
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada

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CorvairJim

M–52
Norristown, Pennsylvania
United States

 

1995 Ford Thunderbird LX

“Lightning”

1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Sport Sedan

“Sir Isaac”

 
Photo of: 1995 Ford Thunderbird
Photo of: 1965 Chevrolet Corvair
 

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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 “Sir Isaac”

(I don't have this car anymore. Believe it or not, it was stolen right out of my locked garage while it was partially disassembled for restoration back in the mid 1990's. The car's picture, and those in it's album, are of a similar car sourced from the Internet.)

As a Corvair nut, it's kind of obvious that I like unusual cars. Well, this one was unusual even for a Corvair! How's this for a build sheet: The base 95 h.p. engine hooked up to the optional 4-speed transaxle, and powering the rare factory-optional air conditioning? Not only that, but it had the ultra-rare AM/FM radio too! I got a great screamin' deal on this car, and it served me very well as a nice weather car as well as taking myself and my three kids in comfort to several out-of-town Corvair Club events. It may not have been blindingly fast, but that air conditioning sure made up for a lot of that!

 

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 “Sir Isaac”

164 c.i.d., horizontally opposed, air-cooled 6-cylinder engine

95 h.p.

4-speed manual transaxle

0-60: @14 seconds

1/4 mile: @18.5 seconds

Top Speed (Rated): 105 mph

Top Speed (observed): 90 mph

 

Factory Options for “Lightning”

- Power Everything
- Independent Rear Suspension
- TCS / ABS
- 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 “Sir Isaac”

4-Speed Manual Transaxle

Air Conditioning (Includes Soft Ray Tinted Glass)

AM/FM Pushbutton Radio

Lighting Group (Includes Engine Compartment, Trunk, Glovebox, and Ashtray Lights)

Deluxe Seat Belts (Front)

Deluxe Seat Belts (Rear)

Full-Width Floor Mats

Bumper Guards

Sand Beige Paint

Black Vinyl Interior

 

Mods for “Lightning”

- N/A

Mods for “Sir Isaac”

Absolutely NO modifications except for modern Radial tires. It still wore it's original wheel covers

 

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