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Frame Off Built Thunderbird 4.6L 32V EFI V8 4 Speed Auto Air Ride ABS Disc Brake

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  • Condition: Used
  • Item location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
  • Make: Ford
  • Model: Thunderbird
  • Type: Other
  • Doors: 2
  • Year: 1961
  • Mileage: 8,455
  • Color: Black
  • Engine size: 4.6 Liter DOHC 32 Valve V8
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Interior color: Black
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Ford Thunderbird 1961 Description


Modified 1961 Ford Thunderbird body / 1994 Lincoln Mark VIII mechanicals
4.6 liter Lincoln InTech V8
4R70W 4-speed automatic transmission / 3.08 rear gears
Lincoln Mark VIII interior / Modern air conditioning
Lincoln Mark VIII air ride suspension
Power moonroof / Power windows
Remote Keyless Entry / Power door locks
17-inch Dayton wire wheels
Power rack-and-pinion steering / 4-wheel power disc brakes
Sale includes build photos and build receipts

Since the earliest days of hot rodding, ngine swaps have served as a means for sophisticated gearheads to continually satisfy their need for more speed, etter performance and less weight. But rare is the masterpiece that can so seamlessly blend two completely different vehicles as this stately Ford Thunderbird. You see, his classic bird's profile is merely an attractive illusion as, nderneath its surface, mooth 1994 Lincoln Mark VIII mechanicals are right and ready to cruise! Complete with a rebuilt InTech V8, modern automatic transmission and independent air ride suspension, his stunning Lincoln, rr, ord mixes the best aesthetics of one of Detroit's most storied creations with the mechanical prowess of one of America's greatest luxury coupes. Looking for a truly exceptional, ruly unique collector car? This imposing 'Bigbird' is unmistakably you!


Professionally assembled by Charlotte's own Finished Dreams Restoration, nd professionally painted by Winston-Salem's The Paint Shop, his Ford's lust-inducing body reflects a picturesque coat of Raven Black 2-stage. From its glossy shine to its chip-free rocker panels, hat paint's deep finish is nice enough to be the star at any local cruise night, nd certainly nicer than the car's original, actory-applied pigment. Naturally, star of that caliber requires top notch panel fit, s the folks who bolted this coupe together spent ample time making sure its jet-inspired fuselage maintained excellent cohesion. Modern headlights, ark VIII door handles and a power moonroof perfectly complement turquoise birds and brilliant trim that was carefully refinished by the pros at Advanced Plating in Nashville, ennessee. And today, his classic rolls as a stunning tribute to one of the coolest designs to ever fly out of Dearborn, ichigan.


Toss the car's chrome-trimmed hood and you'll find a 32-valve dual overhead cam Lincoln InTech V8 that's one of the hottest and most versatile engines Ford ever produced. Stout, olid and highly adaptable, hese Teksid aluminum blocks have spent the last two decades powering everything from Mustangs and street rods to Aviators and Panoz roadsters. And not only does the modern gem crank out roughly 300 horsepower, t also features a tidy appearance that, hen combined with the car's monochromatic engine bay, iterally looks tailor-made. That high tech mill, ully rebuilt back in 2009, ends power to a Mark VIII-spec 4R70W 4-speed automatic transmission. And that gearbox twists a Mark VIII-spec rear axle that's fitted with mild, .08 gears.


The interesting thing about Finished Dreams is the quality of their conversions. Instead of a simple engine swap, r a pro-touring style adaptation, his '61 T-Bird's body is actually mated to its Lincoln donor chassis as one complete structure. The car's floor and frame are straight Lincoln. That duo is supported by Lincoln's fully independent suspension, hich retains the computer-controlled air ride that made the Mark VIII so famous. Power rack-and-pinion steering provides modern turning ability. Pound on the left pedal and power-assisted, -wheel disc brakes utilize factory ABS to fulfill a quick stop. Romp on the right pedal and a Ford-spec exhaust system creates a subdued roar. And at the corners, andsome Dayton wires twist 275/40ZR17 BF Goodrich g-Force Sports.


One of the central themes of pro-touring is creating cars that, espite their appearance, re much easier to live with than their factory-correct peers. Nowhere is that mindset more prevalent than inside this 'bird's full Mark VIII interior. The passengers are treated to plush leather seats, hich feature full power adjustment for the driver and front passenger. In front of those seats, driver-oriented dash anchors Lincoln telemetry beside Lincoln air conditioning and Lincoln audio. Below that dash, resh carpet centers a simple console between color-keyed floor mats. At the sides of that carpet, culpted door panels cap power windows and remote controlled power door locks. In front of the driver, Thunderbird-branded steering wheel laps a modern, ilting column. And behind the passengers, fully finished trunk features enough luggage room for a quick weekend getaway.


Build photos
Build receipts
Alignment specs
A copy of Standard Catalog of Thunderbird 1955-2004
A 1994 Lincoln Mark VIII Owner's Manual
A 1994 Lincoln Mark VIII introductory cassette
Two keys and fobs

This splendid Thunderbird is an extremely impressive cruiser that's been professionally finished to exacting standards. It'll run the tires off a stock T-Bird. It rides like a true luxury coupe. And best of all: the car's modern mechanicals can be serviced at any Ford dealer on the planet. Pro-touring is rarely this accessible, nd if you're the kind of guy who wants something nobody else has, ere's your first class ticket to exclusivity!

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