FOLLOW ALONG WITH WHAT I GOT GOING ON
The Bird of Thunder
The year was 1993 and my GLH Turbo was gone. The kid I sold it to totaled it that very weekend. But, once the dark clouds cleared, I started scouring the local Auto Trader for my next hot ride. I kicked the tires of numerous Escort GT's, Rabbits, and RX-7's, but I ended up succumbing to the allures of a pristine 1984 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe. My folks had owned a 1984 FILA Edition T-Bird in the late-80's and I loved it. This car had a 2.3L turbo with a 5-speed and a host of options rarely seen in cars at that price range. I ditched the factory rims for a set of meaty 16-inchers and installed a thumping sound system consisting of two 10" JL Audio subs. I had a blast with that car until the throttle bottle started acting up. I would be sitting at a light and the engine would just starting revving all on its own. I took it to a couple of Ford dealers, but they wouldn't touch it. They told me some story about how there could be ten different throttle bodies for that car and they wouldn't know which one was correct. It was so bizarre. One guy offered to do an engine swap with a totalled 5.0 Mustang. I wasn't having any of that so I limped it to an independent used car dealer and got $1500 for it, wheels included. End of story.
I should also add that it was around this time that I developed a fascination with photographing my cars. I had no qualms when it came to backing up the driveway of a nice house and capturing a few glamour shots with my 35mm Fuji camera. I only ever had a guy yell at me once. Rich jerk.
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