1978 Ford Thunderbird with a 545 BBF V8

1978 Ford Thunderbird with a 545 ci big-block Ford V8

The 1978 Ford Thunderbird came from the factory with either a 302 ci V8, 351 ci V8, or a 400 ci V8 which only produced 166 horsepower. Someone decided that his Thunderbird needed a Ford V8 that produced some serious power.

1978 Ford Thunderbird with a 545 ci big-block Ford V8

Under the hood you will find some serious Ford power coming from a 545 ci big-block Ford V8. The engine was built in 2007 and features forged 4.5 stroke crank, Eagle 6.8 H-beam rods, Diamond 12.25:1 pistons, Comp Cams XR304 solid roller cam, and Comp Cam Endure X roller lifters. It runs off a MDS 6AL2 ignition and distributor.

1978 Ford Thunderbird with a 545 ci big-block Ford V8

The engine also features TFS Street heads that were ported and polished with stainless valves, Comp Hi-Tech stainless rocker arms, 3/8 pushrods, Comp springs, titanium retainers, and a 1350 cfm SV-1 carburetor.

1978 Ford Thunderbird with a 545 ci big-block Ford V8

The owner had only taken it to the track once and it ran 11.01 sec at 124.6 mph. The engine was never dyno’d but the owner estimates it makes 625-650 horsepower.

1978 Ford Thunderbird with a 545 ci big-block Ford V8

Behind the engine sits a built C-4 automatic transmission with a Edge 4300 10″ stall converter connected to a Dyno Tech 3.25″ aluminum driveshaft. The rear end is a Currie housing and a Moser diff with 4.30 gears.

1978 Ford Thunderbird with a 545 ci big-block Ford V8

Source: eBay via Bangshift

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