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New England Mc, New South Wales


1995 Ford Thunderbird LX


1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SEL Sedan


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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 “GRACE”

well iv had her for about 9 weeks now and at the moment shes of the rd i need a new motor and iv just lost my job to sucks hay well
life must go on the motor im geting is bigger than one of got in it now is a 380 one im geting is a 420 geting it for $1500 with 60.000
kmh on it but i have to get a jod


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 “GRACE”

General Information
Make Mercedes-Benz
Model 380 SEL
Production Year 1985
Production Number
Model Code
Model Family S
Chassis and Dimensions
Chassis Type 4/5S SAL
Number of Doors 4
Wheelbase 3070 mm (120,9 in)
Front Track 1540 mm (60,6 in)
Rear Track 1520 mm (59,8 in)
Length 5135 mm (202,2 in)
Width 1820 mm (71,7 in)
Height 1430 mm (56,3 in)
Ground Clearance 150 mm (5,9 in)
Length / Wheelbase Ratio 1,67
Weight 1615 kg (3557,3 lb)
Weight Distribution (front/rear)
Fuel Capacity 90 litre (19,8 Imp gal , 23,8 US gal)
Drag Coefficient
Frontal Area
Engine Specifications
Engine Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Engine Location Front
Engine Alignment Longitudinal
Engine Construction
Coolant Type Water
Engine Type SOHC
Number of Cylinders and Placement V-8
Valves per Cylinder 2 (Total of 16 Pieces)
Engine Displacement 3839 cc (234,27 cu in)
Bore 88 mm (3,46 in)
Stroke 78,9 mm (3,11 in)
Bore / Stroke Ratio 1,12
Unitary Capacity 479,88 cc/cylinder (29,28 cu in/cylinder)
Number of Main Bearings 5
Compression Ratio 9,4 : 1
Fuel System Type Bo K-Jet fuel inj.
Aspiration Type Normal
Compressor Type -
Intercooler Type None
Catalytic Converter No
Maximum Engine Power 204 HP (152,1 kW)
Maximum Engine Power rpm 5250 d/d
Maximum Engine Torque 315 N.m (232,5 lb.ft , 32,1 kg.m)
Maximum Engine Torque rpm 3250 d/d
Engine Torque at Max. Engine Power rpm 276,7 N.m (5250 d/d)
Power / Weight Ratio 126,3 HP/ton (94,2 W/kg)
Power / Engine Displacement Ratio 53,1 HP/litre (39,6 kW/litre)
CO2 Emissions
Fuel Consumption
0 - 80 km/h
0 - 60 mph
0 - 100 km/h 9.3 sec
0 - 160 km/h
80 - 120 km/h (in top gear)
0 - 400 m Acceleration
0 - 1000 m Acceleration
Top Speed 215kmh
Gearbox and Transmission
Transmission Type 4A
Top Gear Ratio 1 : 1
Final Drive Ratio 2,47 : 1
Drive Wheels RWD (Rear Wheel Drive)
Handling, Suspension Geometry and Brakes
Steering Type recirculating ball PAS
Steering Turns (lock to lock)
Turning Circle Diameter 12,3 m (40,4 ft)
Suspension (front) I.UW.CS.ARB.
Suspension (rear) I.STA.CS.ALC.ARB.
Brakes (front/rear) Di/Di-S
Brake Disc Diameter (front)
Brake Disc Diameter (rear)
Wheels (front)
Wheels (rear)
Tyres (front)
Tyres (rear)


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 “GRACE”

No factory options listed.


Mods for “Lightning”

- N/A

Mods for “GRACE”

No modifications listed.


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