Listening on 141.850 mHz!
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Westland, Michigan
Gonzo's 97 Tbird Limited Edition DIED today - 20 October 2010
There's been a death in the family. My 1997 Thunderbird Limited Edition is now without a heart. The engine seized, locked up and white smoke poured out of the underhood and into the air vents in the passenger compartment. It was pinging like crazy and spraying green coolant onto the passenger side outside windshield while I was leaving downtown Detroit via I-96 west to I-94 west. I was able to make it to Merriman Rd and Ecorse Rd to a BP station and it pretty much died because I slowed down. If the light were green I would have made it further north! I just had it towed home now.
It's in front of my house in Westland and I'm hoping $500 is reasonable enough for the whole car minus the AM/FM/MiniDisc radio and speakers and the L.E. floor mats and fender badges. With a replacement engine the car will live again!
It has Magnaflow high-flow cats, a mid-mount dual in/dual out Magnaflow muffler, and true duals all the way to the chrome exhaust tips out back. There's also Eibach lowering springs at each corner that brought it down 1.5 inches. I put new performance P225/60R/15 tires this past January and they've got 95%+ tread on them. The interior is clean. The Limited Edition floormats are in OK shape, the driver's side has a hole in it from my heavy heel, and I may end up keeping the mats and the fender badges because there is a very good chance of another 97 Thunderbird in my future to transfer them to and make my own L.E. out of it.
If this car doesn't sell then some damned junkyard is going to get it and offer me $350 for it. Rather than have it destroyed and the parts living on in others I'd like to see it go to someone who can replace the engine and enjoy it. The car has 162,500 miles on it, and the tranny has 82,000 miles. The original one was replaced under warranty for "slipping".
Pics later when I get the time! Interested? Contact me at my e-mail shown below or call my AT&T cell phone at 734-637-8596.
My Tbird has served me well since 19 March 2001.......
Gonzalo Duque "Gonzo"
1997 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC 4.6L Cobra V8
1997 Thunderbird Limited Edition 4.6L V8 - gone.
Might be a 2005-2007 Jaguar XJ-8 L in my future.
Westland, Michigan - but I'm from central New Jersey!
- My hoodliners I make!