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1977 Ford Thunderbird
Production Numbers/Specifications

PRODUCTION NUMBERS
INTRODUCTION DATE:
October 1, 1976
TOTAL PRODUCTION:
318,140
Chicago: 235,884 (G)
Los Angeles: 82,256 (J)
TOP LINE: BODY CODE/MODEL NAME/BASE PRICE
BOTTOM LINE: WEIGHT/PRODUCTION
Model 87/Style 60H Thunderbird $5,063
Weight: 3,907 Built: 318,140
Model 87/Style 60H Thunderbird Town Landau $7,990
Weight: 4,104 Built: (incl. above)
SPECIFICATIONS
ENGINE CODE
ENGINE DETAILS

1. F

Optional:

2. H (351 Windsor)

3. Q

4. S

Note: 351 CID engine required with California or High Altitude emissions equipment.

1. 5.0L (302 CID) 2V V-8
Bore and Stroke: 4.00 x 3.00 in.
Compression Ratio: 8.4:1
Brake Horsepower: 130-137@ 3400-3600 rpm
Torque: 243-245 lb.-ft. @ 1600-1800 rpm
Carburetor: Motorcraft 2150 2V

Optional:

2. 5.8L (351 CID) 2V V-8 (Windsor)
Bore and Stroke: 4.00 x 3.50 in.
Compression Ratio: 8.3:1
Horsepower: 149 @ 3200 rpm
Torque: 291 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm
Carburetor: Motorcraft 2150 2V

3. 5.8L (351 CID) 2V V-8
Bore and Stroke: 4.00 x 3.50 in.
Compression Ratio: 8.0:1
Horsepower: 161 @ 3600 rpm
Torque: 285 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm
Carburetor: Motorcraft 2150 2V

4. 6.6L (400 CID) 2V V-8
Bore and Stroke: 4.00 x 4.00 in.
Compression Ratio: 8.0:1
Horsepower: 173 @ 3800 rpm
Torque: 326 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm
Carburetor: Motorcraft 2150 2V
TRANSMISSION CODE
TRANSMISSION DESCRIPTION
U
X
SelectShift XPL Automatic
FMX Automatic
REAR AXLE CODE
REAR AXLE RATIO
1
J
6
O
2.50:1
2.50:1 Traction-LoK
3.00:1 (400 V-8 only)
3:00:1 (400 V-8/Traction-Lok)
TIRE SIZE
BRAKES
HR 78 x 15 Steel Belted Radial Blackwall
Wheels: 15 x 6.5"
Front: Power Disc
Rear: Power Drum
Total swept area: 372.3 sq. in.
WHEELBASE
DIMENSIONS
114.0 inches
Front Tread: 63.2"
Rear Tread: 63.1"
Steering ratio: 21.9:1
Turning diameter: 43.1 ft.
Weight distribution (F/R): 57/43
Length: 215.5"
Width: 78.5"
Height: 53.0"
Trunk: 14.2 cu. ft. (15.4 with Space-Saver Spare)
Front headroom: 37.3"
Front legroom: 42.1"
Rear headroom: 36.2"
Rear legroom: 32.6"
CAPACITIES
Fuel Tank: 26.0 gals. (22.0 on standard 351 V-8 California model)
Cooling System: --
SPECIAL NOTES
T-bird Trivia:
Despite offering many luxury features, a power antenna was not offered on the 1977 Thunderbirds!
The 1977 Thunderbird was a completely new, smaller, more efficient car than the 1976 model. Due to its smaller size and lower price, '77 was a record sales year for the car.

New Ways, But the Love Stays

Image: 1977 Ford Thunderbird

The Thunderbird has always been a much loved car. From the sporty two passenger convertibles of the fifties to the more glamorous creations of the sixties and early seventies, the T-bird was the car everyone would have loved to own. Many who thought them to be extravagant or too flashy for their own good still secretly wanted one.

The Thunderbird has always been a trend setter. When new trends were formed, chances are the Thunderbird led the way. For 1977, the trend was smaller, more efficient cars, and once again the T-bird was there. Its trimmer size and improved fuel economy were just what America wanted at the time. And a new lower base price made the T-bird more affordable than ever to those who had always been Bird watchers, but never Bird owners.

With its trim new dimensions and chic good looks, the car gave up nothing and retained everything people had always admired about the car. In base form, it was a nicely equipped car, and the options list was long enough to satisfy almost everyone's desires. If you wanted an affordable car that would look good on the occasional night out on the town, the Thunderbird was your car. If you wanted a luxury car that would maintain your upper crust image at the country club, once again the Thunderbird could do it. It was truly the right car at the right time.

Like never before, people were parking new Thunderbirds in their driveways and garages. While it was still a regular in the parking lots of America's finest stores, country clubs, and anyplace where the wealthy gathered, it was also appearing in all the places the not so wealthy frequented. And there's good reason for that. The Thunderbird offered people the luxury of choice. Whether you wanted the base model with just a few options, or a Town Landau loaded with everything, it was possible with Thunderbird.

Consider the luxury of choice for 1977 Thunderbird buyers. They could choose from 17 different paint colors. About a dozen vinyl roof colors, and another dozen accent stripe colors. There were 6 basic interior trim colors to choose from, but you could change component colors to suit your taste, which made a total of 74 different interiors to choose from! If you wanted bench seats with cloth upholstery, you could have it at no additional cost. A vinyl bench seat was just $22 more. Or you could have bucket seats and a console, in vinyl or cloth and vinyl. Or split bench seats with velour, vinyl, or genuine leather seating surfaces.

The good news for those considering restoring a 1977 Thunderbird is that parts are plentiful, and fairly easy to find. Since so many were built, there are still quite a few survivors, and mechanical parts were shared with other Ford models, which keeps demand for them high, and encourages after market parts manufacturers to reproduce parts.

These cars are dependable, affordable, easy to work on, and are great drivers. They're comfortable on long trips, and they have the unique features and looks that make them attractive to classic car enthusiasts. For 1977, there was a new kind of Thunder, but most of what people always liked about the older models stayed the same.