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Automotive Mileposts  
Specifications
1962 Thunderbird script
ENGINE CODES

M


R



Z
 


Thunderbird High Performance 390 Sports V-8 (340 Horsepower)
  3 x 2-Barrel Holley Carburetors/Dual Exhaust System

390 Cubic Inch V-8 (275 Horsepower)
  4-Barrel Holley Carburetor/Dual Exhaust System
  (Export only; low octane)

Thunderbird 390 Special V-8 (300 Horsepower)
  4-Barrel Holley Carburetor/Dual Exhaust System
TRANSMISSION CODE

4

M
Cruise-O-Matic (Automatic, 3-Speed)

Cruise-O-Matic (Automatic, 3-Speed) (Apparently a typo, usually found on units with "M" code High Performance Sports V-8 Engine option.)
REAR AXLE CODES

1
2
2*
A
B
 
3.00:1
3.10:1
3.10:1 (Possibly denotes Equa Lock)
3.00:1 Equa Lock
3.10:1 Equa Lock
WHEELBASE

Length
Width
Height

Weight
113 Inches

205 Inches (Overall)
76 Inches
52.5 Inches (Hardtop/Landau)
53.3 Inches (Convertible/Sports Roadster)
4,132 Pounds (Hardtop) 4,144 Pounds (Landau) 4,370 (Convertible)
4,471 (Sports Roadster)
M-Code Thunderbird High Performance 390 Sports V-8 Engine

These limited edition engines differed in many details from the standard Thunderbird 390 Special V-8, and are identified by the "M" code letter stamping located in the fifth space of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) as well as on the data plate mounted on the driver's door lock facing. We will add to this list as we verify information.

Chrome Dress-Up Kit (Standard with Sports V-8 option; Ford part numbers appear in parenthesis)
- "THUNDERBIRD" raised lettering on valve covers (RH: C3AZ-6582-F; LH: C3AZ-6582-G)
- Valve cover retaining bolts
- Oil breather cap (C2SZ-6766-A)
- Fuel log (C2SE-9D303-A)
- Dip stick loop handle (C3AZ-6350-C)
- Power steering reservoir cover (C2SZ-3A582-A)
- Power steering reservoir filler cap (C2SZ-3A006-A)
- Brake master cylinder reservoir cover (C2SZ-21162-A)
- Radiator surge tank (C2SZ-8A080-A)
- Radiator cap (C2SZ-8100-A)
- Finned aluminum oval air cleaner assembly with Thunderbird ornament (Air cleaner: C2SZ-9600-A; ornament: C1SB-63606A08-A)
New for 1962:

Thunderbird Landau
shown at right in
Raven Black with
Black vinyl roof.

Is there a Sports
V-8 lurking under
the hood?
1962 Ford Thunderbird Landau