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REFERENCE LIBRARY

CAPACITIES & SPECIFICATIONS

Revised June 22, 2016

 

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

1983-86

1987-88

Wheelbase (in)

104.0

104.2

Overall Length (in)

197.6

200.8

Overall Height (in)

53.4

53.8

Overall Width (in)

71.1

71.1

Front Tread (in)

58.1

58.1

Rear Tread (in)

58.5

58.5

Trunk Space (cu ft)

14.6

14.6

 

ENGINE

2.3L I-4 TURBO

3.8L V6

5.0L V8 SO

5.0L V8 HO*

VIN CODE

A or T or W

3 or 4

F

(T)

TYPE

OHC

OHV

OHV

OHV

FIRING ORDER/ROTATION

1-3-4-2 / CW

1-4-2-5-3-6 / CCW

1-5-4-2-6-3-7-8 / CCW

1-3-7-2-6-5-4-8 / CCW

SPARK PLUG GAP

.034

.054

.054

.054

TIMING (Factory)

AUTO: 10 degrees BTDC / MANUAL:13 degrees BTDC

10 degrees BTDC

10 degrees BTDC

10 degrees BTDC

OIL FILTER

Motorcraft FL-300

Motorcraft FL-1A

Motorcraft FL-1A

Motorcraft FL-1A

 

ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS

Cu. In.

Bore & Stroke (in.)

Fuel Delivery (U.S.)

Compression Ratio

Horsepower @rpm

Torque @rpm

1983

3.8 V6

232

3.80 x 3.40

Carb

8.6:1

100@3800

175@2200

5.0 V8

302

4.00 x 3.00

TBI

8.4:1

130@3200

240@2000

1984

I4 Turbo

140

3.78 x 3.12

MPI

8.0:1

145@4600

180@3600

3.8 V6

232

3.80 x 3.40

TBI

8.7:1

120@3600

205@1600

5.0 V8

302

4.00 x 3.00

TBI

8.4:1

140@3200

250@1600

1985

I4 Turbo manual

140

3.78 x 3.12

MPI

8.0:1

155@4600

190@2800

I4 Turbo auto

140

3.78 x 3.12

MPI

8.0:1

145@4400

180@3000

3.8 V6

232

3.80 x 3.40

TBI

8.7:1

120@3600

205@1600

5.0 V8

302

4.00 x 3.00

TBI

8.4:1

140@3200

250@1600

1986

I4 Turbo manual

140

3.78 x 3.12

MPI

8.0:1

155@4600

190@2800

I4 Turbo auto

140

3.78 x 3.12

MPI

8.0:1

145@4400

180@3000

3.8 V6

232

3.80 x 3.40

TBI

8.7:1

120@3600

205@1600

5.0 V8

302

4.00 x 3.00

MPI

8.9:1

150@3400

270@2000

1987

3.8 V6

232

3.80 x 3.40

TBI

8.7:1

120@3600

205@1600

5.0 V8

302

4.00 x 3.00

MPI

8.9:1

150@3400

270@2000

1988

3.8 V6

232

3.80 x 3.40

MPI

8.7:1

140@3600

205@1600

5.0 V8

302

4.00 x 3.00

MPI

8.9:1

155@3400

275@2000

 

CAPACITIES

ENGINE

Oil Crankcase (quarts)

Rear Axle Fluid (pints)

Fuel Tank (gallons)

Cooling System (quarts)

2.3 I4

5.0 (w/ filter)

3.5 (7.5" axle)
3.8 (8.8" axle)

18

10.0

3.8 V6

5.0 (w/ filter)

3.5 (7.5" axle)

22.1*

11.8

5.0 V8

5.0 (w/ filter)

3.5 (7.5" axle);
3.8 (8.8" axle)

22.1*

14.2

*1983-85 models have 21.6 gallon fuel tanks. See owner's manual to confirm this info.

 

TRANSMISSION

Code

Fluid (pints)

T4 manual

4

3.5

T5 manual

2

3.7

C3

V

8

C4 **

W

10

C5

C

11

AOD

T

12.3

A4LD

L

12.3

** Pre-'82 models and retrofitted C4 Cougars only.

 

BRAKE SPECIFICATIONS

1983-88 Cougar/Thunderbird (Except 1987-88 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe)

Front Brake Disc Min. Thickness (in.)

Front Brake Disc Max. Runout (in.)

Front Brake Disc Diameter (in.)

Rear Brake Drum Diameter (in.)

Front Min. Lining Thickness (in.)

Rear Min. Lining Thickness (in.)

0.810

0.003

10.000

9.000/10.000

0.175

0.123

1987-88 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe (and retrofitted cars)

Front Brake Disc Min. Thickness (in.)

Front Brake Disc Max. Runout (in.)

Front Brake Disc Diameter (in.)

Rear Brake Disc Diameter (in.)

Front Min. Lining Thickness (in.)

Rear Min. Lining Thickness (in.)

0.895

0.003

11.000

10.000

0.175

0.123

 

STOCK CASTER/CAMBER SPECIFICATIONS

For more information visit Global West's site here.


 

Left

Right

1985-86

Camber
(tolerance .75 degrees)

.25 degrees

.25 degrees

Caster
(tolerance .75 degrees)

.75 degrees

.75 degrees

Total Toe
(tolerance .25 degrees)

.38 degrees


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