Does anyone have pics or info on the AWD thunderbird? I tired a search, but nothing came up.
SCCoA has pictures and (at least used to) own the car...it's a rusted, tired old POS that has been beaten to death....sad, really.
I just looked up the thread, it was in the "Little Known Facts About Our Cars" thread, and the pics link is broken. here is a vid i found on youtube though,Theres a thread on here somewhere, that has the link to the pictures. Though I dont remember where.
You haven't seen anything yet. The front rotors were so bad that they were splitting in two.I can't believe how rusty that thing is.
That is a brief summary of the car.SCCoA AWD SC Forum said:All Wheel Drive (AWD) Super Coupe
I am pleased to announce after much effort on the part of several individuals the last known prototype AWD SC has been donated to the SCCoA by Dana Corporation. This was an attempt by Ford to produce a AWD MN12 originally farmed out the Porsche as a development project. The program was killed by Ford management though before being released for production. Porsche took a shot at it with perhaps as many as 6 vehicles. Dana was then took a shot at it for one car to reduce the cost of the package. This is the car we were given.
The car is a 89 production car with around 38,000 miles, modified at least as follows. The rear suspension looks stock. The car is an AOD car with a transfer case mounted to the rear of the tranny. The drive shaft runs along the drivers side of the engine and is attached to a front differential. There is a custom AL front subframe with the passenger side axle shaft running through a custom oil pan. The upper control arms and shocks apper to be stock but the lower control arm and spindles are all custom parts. There is a "bump out" in the drivers side tranny tunnel to accomodate the transfer case. The Dana System is electromagnetic based controlled to transfer torque as needed to each set of wheels. It is a full time AWD system. The car looks stock at normal ride height. The only tip off on the AWD is a couple of lights on the dashboard (purpose to be determined) and the fact the car has what appears to be Porsche 928 wheels.
Present plans are to restore the car as a club project and take it to various shows to increase public awareness of this unique historical development vehicle. Given the terms of transfer of ownership, and due to the "experimental" nature of the car it will never be driven on publically owned highways. We may drive the car on private property though but I am sure folks will understand that it will not be thrashed by anyone.
Duffy Floyd SCCoA said:Arrangements will be made in the future for public showings/viewing. Remember we are going to be restoring the car so a lot of help will be needed. Given the ABS is on the fritz and the front rotors need replaced I did not drive the car over 5 MPH to get it on the trailer. I do know though that the the car pulled .92 G's on a skidpad during development on stock sized tires and wheels. Full wheel lock and punching it is the kind of thrashing I mentioned would not occur. Got to remember that there are many one off and custom parts on the car that would be extremely expensive to replace if we break something.