LeMons Update: Mad Cow Cops a ThunderChicken
If there's two things a LeMons racing team needs, it's a catchy (but stupid) name and a valuable parts car. Thanks to Troy Hogan, our crew's chief lunatic, team "Mad Cow Motorsportz" has a Thunderbird Turbo snagged from the lonely pages of Craigslist. Just what we need– another hunk of shit Fox body, right? Not! This $250 purchase paid for itself immediately, since the Miami Vice-ish Enkeis and rear discs are wet dream material for 5.0 Mustangers in Members Only jackets. And someone else wants the low-mile turbo'd mill for their four-banger Ranger. So yes, what was once a C/D 10 Best winner still has the juice. And its coil springs, sway bars and manual transmission goodies help the Hot Rod Lincoln come to life in grand style. Yet I pity the turbo-chicken; its first owner thinks his pride and joy deserves a full restoration. No dice, but now we know that one man's trash can also be his treasure.
Forget the Hod Rod Lincoln, that ought to be your race car!
I agree with Theodore. I have had several 85-86 Thunderbird Turbo Coupes and now drive a Super Coupe and I think if you treat that 2.3 right with a little more boost you will be surprised what these cars can do. Suspension wise it should be ready to go and since it is a race car you can strip it and it will be pretty light. Unless your Lincoln is an LSC this would be the better choice. Just my two cents. Cheers Swervin
Agreed. The Tbird would be better, except for the fact that it has a lot of valuable parts that we'd prefer to sell and not trash in a race. That is, to make quick $$$ towards racing an air-suspended LSC that needs its coil springs and perches. The vintage wheels, scoop'd hood, rear axle and engine (including EEC-IV) will pay for a lot of stuff, including safety things like firesuits, helmets, etc.