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Specifications
1959

Thunderbird script
Standard 300-Horsepower
Thunderbird 352 Special V-8
Optional 350-Horsepower
Thunderbird 430 Special V-8
Thunderbird 352 Special V-8 Thunderbird 430 Special V-8
ENGINE CODES
ENGINE CODE/DESCRIPTION

H Thunderbird 352 Special V-8
Bore & stroke: 4.00" x 3.50"
Comp. ratio: 9.6:1
Horsepower: 300 at 4600 RPM
Carburetor: Holley 4-barrel
Dual exhaust system
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ENGINE CODE/DESCRIPTION

J Thunderbird 430 Special V-8
Bore & stroke: 4.30" x 3.70"
Comp. ratio: 10.0:1
Horsepower: 350 at 4400 RPM
Carburetor: Holley 4-barrel
Dual exhaust system with resonators
LIMITED AVAILABILITY DURING 1959 PRODUCTION
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ENGINE CODE/DESCRIPTION

G 332 Cubic Inch Thunderbird Special V-8
Bore & stroke: 4.00" x 3.30"
Comp. ratio: 8.9:1
Horsepower: 265 at 4400 RPM
Dual exhaust system
LOW OCTANE FOR EXPORT ONLY
TRANSMISSION CODES

CODE/DESCRIPTION

1 Standard (3-Speed Manual)
2 Standard with Overdrive
4 Cruise-O-Matic (3-Speed Automatic)*
    I.D. Tag PBL-U (352); PBB-M (430)
     *Required with 430 Engine
REAR AXLE CODES

CODE/DESCRIPTION

1 3.10:1 (Cruise-O-Matic)
3 3.70:1 (Standard and Overdrive)
5 2.91:1 (430 Engine)
0 2.91:1 (430 Engine)
A 3.10:1 Equa Lock (Cruise-O-Matic)
C 3.70:1 Equa Lock (Standard and Overdrive)
F 2.91:1 Equa Lock (430 Engine)
WHEELBASE: 113"

OVERALL LENGTH: 205.4"
WIDTH: 77"
HEIGHT: 52.5" (Hardtop) 53.1" (Convertible)
WEIGHT: 3,903 lbs. (Hardtop) 3,813 lbs. (Convertible)
Thunderbird 352 Special V-8 Engine Features:
Thunderbird 352 Special V-8 Engine Features
Wedge-Shape Combustion Chambers are efficient, extract more power from fuel. Smooth, more complete combustion results with a uniformly controlled high-compression ratio.
Precision Fuel Induction brings more instantaneous and responsive power. The fuel-air mixture moves quickly through 8 passages from carburetor to combustion chambers.
Hydraulic Valve Lifters are self-adjusting for zero lash. This provides smoother, quieter engines and longer valve life. Valve lifters adjust automatically, eliminating the need to set tappet clearances.
Thunderbird 430 Special V-8 Engine Features:
Thunderbird 430 Special V-8 Engine Features
In-Block Combustion Chamber uses aluminized oversize valves with zero-lash hydraulic lifters; gives longer valve life, better intake and exhaust action, and smooth even combustion.
3-Stage Cooling circulates coolant in three stages: (1) to intake manifold and cylinder heads; (2) to block; and (3) to radiator. Provides fast starting warm-up and progressive temperature control utilizing three thermostats.
Fuel System Advances feature exclusive preheated carburetor air system and water-jacketed intake manifold to keep the fuel-air mixture at proper temperature for maximum combustion efficiency.


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