Motortopia: Where your passion parks

Motortopia: Where your passion parks.

Why Join Motortopia? Show off what’s in your garage... Add Photos! Keep a Journal! Add Videos! Sell Parts!

  1. cars
  2. bikes
  3. boats
  4. planes

Cars > Challenges > “Lightning” Vs “Sleeper”

 

Zanting’s Profile Photo

Zanting

M–24
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada

ProphetOfZoom’s Profile Photo

ProphetOfZoom

M

 

1995 Ford Thunderbird LX

“Lightning”

1972 Dodge Charger

“Sleeper”

 
Photo of: 1995 Ford Thunderbird
Photo of: 1972 Dodge Charger
 

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 “Sleeper”

This car lives up to it's name: She looks tame on the outside, but when I put my foot in the worked Mopar small block, she just hunkers down and takes off! The engine was left appearing completely stock (until you take off the air cleaner housing with it's K&N low restriction drop-in replacement filter and see the Holley 750cfm 4-barrel, that is!). If you look closely, you'll see the headers that dump into a 3" true dual exhaust system with Dynomax mufflers for a mellow yet purposeful sound.

 

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 “Sleeper”

The engine started out as a mild-mannered 318, but it's been worked within an inch of it's life. Bored out .060 over, stroked 3/4", and the compression bumped up to 10.75:1, and featuring a mid-race cam. The heads have been completely gone through as well, being extrude honed and port-matched, with a three angle valve job. She has a 727 Torqueflite automatic with a shift kit and a 2,000 stall converter, all built to handle the power. It's all backed up by a Posi rear, of course.

Best times to date -
0-60: 4.8 seconds
1/4 mile:13.1@104mph

 

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 “Sleeper”

Automatic Transmission, AM/FM Stereo, Air Conditioning

 

Mods for “Lightning”

- N/A

Mods for “Sleeper”

The engine and transmission have been gone through top to bottom, with a full dual exhaust system. Other than that, the factory stereo's been changed out for an AM/FM/Multi-Disc CD player.

 

Photo Albums 1 – 2 of 4

 

Previous Photo Albums Next Albums

Photo Albums 1 – 1 of 1

 

Previous Photo Albums Next Photo Albums

 

Vote This challenge has ended!

Points for Lightning Total Votes Points for Sleeper
25 13 40

 

Comments on this challenge

Log in to post comments.

Read comments on this challenge

Log in to view challenge comments.

Download Drive Magazine Now!

Advertisements

    Special Offers & Deals

Advertisement

 

Cars > Challenges > “Lightning” Vs “Sleeper”

Print your passion at Motortopia.com (http://www.motortopia.com)