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Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Norristown, Pennsylvania
United States


1995 Ford Thunderbird LX


1961 Chevrolet Corvair Lakewood 700


Photo of: 1995 Ford Thunderbird
Photo of: 1961 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 “Woodie”

(DISCLAIMER: The car in the picture above and all of the pictures in it's album ARE NOT the actual car! I only had the car briefly, and I don't think I ever took any pictures of it. I lost track of the car right after I sold it.)

I I had wanted a Corvair wagon ever since I realized that Chevy had made such a beast, about two months after I bought my first Corvair. I was already hooked on Corvairs by that time, and with a wife and baby, what could be more convenient than a little wagon? About six years later, I heard through a friend in the local chapter of the Corvair club that there was a decent one for sale about 25 miles from where we lived. I phoned the owner and made an appointment to go look at it that weekend. We arrived with checkbook in hand and I managed to talk the seller down from his $500 asking price to $300 - he had been trying to sell it without success for about half a year.

Flash forward a month. I had the car at a friend's place for a monthly meeting of the club and a friend of a member who was visiting from out of town saw the car... and immediately offered me $1,000 for it! Hey, I really wanted a Corvair wagon, but if I can turn a profit of 333% in just one month of owning the car, consider it SOLD!

Chevy only built them for 1 1/2 years, from the start of the 1961 model year 'til halfway through the '62 model year, when they changed over to production of the new Corvair Convertible. In total, there were just short of 30,000 built, with the majority being '61 700-Series cars like mine


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 “Woodie”

84 Horsepower, 145 C.I.D., Horizontally Opposed 6-Cylinder Engine
Powerglide 2-speed Automatic Transaxle
0-60: Slow...
1/4 Mile: Slower...


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 “Woodie”

700 Series trim, which included:
Passenger-side Sun Visor
Dual rear-seat armrests
Color-keyed rubber "Carpet"
Beltline Polished Stainless trim
Deluxe Colth Upholstery
Bright Dashboard Trim
Back-Up Lights
Two-Speed Windshield Wipers

Additional Options:
Powerglide Automatic Transaxle
Gasoline-Fired Heater
AM Pushbutton Radio
Driver's Side Door Mirror
Day/Night Rear View Mirror
Cigarette Lighter
DeLuxe Wheel Covers


Mods for “Lightning”

- N/A

Mods for “Woodie”

One really lousy repaint!


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