1979 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop

The Ford Thunderbird Hardtop is a coupé with 2 doors and a front mounted engine which transmits the power through the rear wheels. It's powered courtesy of a naturally aspirated engine of 5.7 litre capacity. This unit features overhead valve valve gear, 8 cylinder layout, and 2 valves per cylinder. It has an output of 135 bhp (137 PS/101 kW) of power at 3200 rpm, and maximum torque of 386 N·m (285 lb·ft/39.4 kgm) at 1400 rpm. The power is delivered to the wheels by means of a 3 speed automatic gearbox. It weighs a quoted 1813 kg at the kerb.

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Key facts

1979 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop information summary

What body style?
2 door fixed-head coupé with 4/5 seats
How long?
5517 mm
How heavy?
1813 kg
What size engine?
5.7 litre, 5732 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
137 PS / 135 bhp / 101 kW @ 3200 rpm
How much torque?
386 Nm / 285 ft.lb / 39.4 kgm @ 1400 rpm

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2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5732 cm3 151 PS 149 bhp 111 kW 1813 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 4942 cm3 131 PS 129 bhp 96 kW 1749 kg

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1979 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2893 mm 113.9 inches
Track/tread (front) 1605 mm 63.2 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1603 mm 63.1 inches
Length 5517 mm 217.2 inches
Width 1994 mm 78.5 inches
Height 1341 mm 52.8 inches
Ground clearance 128 mm 5 inches
length:wheelbase ratio 1.91
Kerb weight 1813 kg 3997 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 80 litres 17.6 UK Gal 21.1 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Ford
Engine code
Cylinders V 8
Capacity 5.7 litre
5732 cc
(349.788 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 101.6 × 88.8 mm
4 × 3.5 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.14
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output
(DIN)
137 PS (135 bhp) (101 kW)
at 3200 rpm
Specific output
(DIN)
23.6 bhp/litre
0.39 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(DIN)
386 Nm (285 ft·lb) (39.4 kgm)
at 1400 rpm
Specific torque
(DIN)
67.34 Nm/litre
0.81 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump
compression ratio 8.3:1
Fuel system 1 Fo carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 846.2 kPa (122.7 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 716.5 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter Y
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed
Power-to-weight ratio 75.5 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
55.53 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
74.46 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.03 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 18.01 kg/kW
30.08 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km
km/litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering
turns lock-to-lock 4.100
Turning circle
Front suspension I.W.CS.ARB.
Rear suspension LA.RA.TorqueA.CS.ARB.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R VeDi/Dr-S
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area 2374 cm2
Gearbox 3 speed automatic
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 2.47
general
Carfolio.com ID59576
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 51.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1979 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop added 1996-11-18.
Last modified 2013-02-28.