LeMons Update: Mad Cow Cops a ThunderChicken

Sajeev Mehta
by Sajeev Mehta
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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.

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  • Theodore Theodore on May 27, 2008

    Forget the Hod Rod Lincoln, that ought to be your race car!

  • Swervin Swervin on May 27, 2008

    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

  • Sajeev Mehta Sajeev Mehta on May 27, 2008

    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.

  • Doctorv8 Doctorv8 on May 28, 2008
    wet dream material for 5.0 Mustangers in Members Only jackets. Heyyyyyy..I resemble that remark!