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      # 221599241
      Ford Thunderbird 5.0L 1981, Cat4ward Block Hugger Stainless Steel Short Tube Exhaust Headers by JBA®. Primary Tubing Diameter: 1.625". Collector Outlet Diameter: 2.5". Emissions: EPA compliant. Header Style: Short Tube. JBA shorty...
      $605.61 - $719.41
    • (0 reviews)
      # 593817354
      Ford Thunderbird 1981, Redstuff Ceramic Low Dust Front Brake Pads by EBC®. This set of replacement ceramic brake pads offers OEM quality fit and operation with the superior stopping power, longer life, reduced brake fade, and lower dust...
      $114.97
    • (0 reviews)
      # mpn735714867
      Ford Thunderbird 1981, HiJackers™ Rear Air Adjustable Shock Absorbers by Gabriel®. Quantity: 2 per Pack. Gabriel® HiJackers® are the original air-adjustable shocks, providing customizable performance and support that can be adjusted...
      $117.89
    • (0 reviews)
      # 17624242
      Ford Thunderbird 5.0L with Stock configuration Cylinder Head with Ford Small Block Windsor Engine 1981, Performer™ Dual Plane Intake Manifold by Edelbrock®. This premium product is the best way to go for those looking for the highest...
      Designed to deliver trouble-free, consistent performanceRight for your vehicle and lifestyle
      $296.25 - $661.95
    • (0 reviews)
      # mpn4478773922
      Universal User Configurable LCD Dash Display by Auto Meter®. Designed specifically for the harshest of environments, the carbon composite housing is IP65 sealed against water and dust intrusion and will easily withstand 20g of...
      7.0” TFT LCD panel, 1000 nit brightness for unmatched daytime and nighttime visibility with 800x480 resolution. Onboard photo sensor for automatic brightness controlDimensions - 8.3" Wide x 5.2" High x 1.4" Deep
      $2,832.00
    • (0 reviews)
      # 1059901383
      Ford Thunderbird 5.0L 1981, 177 Blower Supercharger Kit by Weiand®. Weiand Pro-Street superchargers represent a significant leap in technology for obtaining substantial performance gains, while maintaining drive ability and reliability.
      Low ProfileOffset Ford Nose Style
      $2,949.95 - $3,349.95
    • (4 reviews)
      # 102206438
      Ford Thunderbird 1981, Thermocap™ Radiator Cap by Mr. Gasket®. Pressure: 16 lbs. Material: Aluminum. Keeping your engine cool is pretty important, so Mr. Gasket has a full line of cooling system accessories. Whether it’s a simple,...
      Brilliant triple-chrome platingPrevent boilovers
      +1
      $32.43 - $37.53
    • (1 review)
      # 568026708
      Ford Thunderbird AOD Transmission / C4 Transmission 1981, MegaShifter™ Automatic Shifter by B&M®. You can have B&M shifter performance with the Console MegaShifter. This shifter features full ratchet action performance, a lighted gear...
      Cable operated for quick installation and accurate shiftingReverse lockout feature meets NHRA and IHRA requirements
      $338.18 - $340.06
    • (0 reviews)
      # 139902359
      Ford Thunderbird 5.0L 1981, Mechanical Fuel Pump by Holley®. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by Holley features premium quality and will perform better than advertised. Perfect for your vehicle and lifestyle, it...
      Triple Chrome Plated HousingsTraditional Look Open Element Style
      $86.52 - $142.95
    • (1 review)
      # 803916692
      Ford Thunderbird 4.2L / 5.0L 1981, PlasmaCore™ Inconel Electrode Pulse Nickel Spark Plugs by Pulstar®. With Resistor. Inconel-electrode Pulse Plugs. Designed specifically for most popular vehicles, PlasmaCore™ Inconel Electrode...
      Increased horsepowerBetter torque
      $14.95 - $119.60
    • (0 reviews)
      # 897776840
      Ford Thunderbird 1981, Performance Rack and Pinion Bushing Set by Energy Suspension®. This is a set of polyurethane bushings that keep rack and pinion steering assemblies properly aligned to allow smooth movement and absorb noise,...
      Polyurethane bushing kits are available for rack and pinion assemblies, and rack and pinion "ram" assembliesDesigned to secure the steering rack assembly and related parts in place, properly positioned and aligned with a minimum of slop
      $13.06
    • (0 reviews)
      # 1120448133
      Ford Thunderbird 1981, Gear Reduction Starter by Tuff Stuff Performance®. Tuff Stuff starters are hand made from premium quality new components - not remanufactured - and are quality built in USA. Most Gear Reduction style starters,...
      Designed For High Horsepower And High Compression EnginesLighter And Smaller Than OE Starters
      $156.98 - $258.86
    • (0 reviews)
      # 585711272
      Ford Thunderbird with Ford 7.5" Series Axle 1981, Rear Axle Shaft Kit by Yukon Gear & Axle®. Yukon Gear and Axle offers an extensive line of general replacement and high performance axles for passenger car, truck and SUV applications....
      Enables you to keep your engine in the powerband for more giddy-up and high speedAllows for getting superior traction on just about any brutal terrain
      $166.39
    • (0 reviews)
      # 48222560
      Club X-1 Full Face ATM (Advance Thermo Material) Racing Helmet by Sparco®. Certification: ECE 05; Material: ATM (Advance Thermo Material) Designed for indoor kart racing where a fire proof helmet isn't required, this product is...
      Designed for indoor kart racingProvides ultimate protection
      $140.00
    • (0 reviews)
      # 450479564
      Universal PowerPack™ Turbocharger System by Banks®. The Banks Power Dual Exhaust PowerPack System is the complete towing package your pickup truck, with extended cab short bed configuration, deserves.
      Stunning Top GainsImproved Mileage
      $2,198.00 - $2,798.00
    • (0 reviews)
      # 447995399
      Ford Thunderbird 1981, Clippster Mid-Length Tube Exhaust Headers by Patriot Exhaust®. Primary Tubing Diameter: 1.75". Collector Outlet Diameter: 3". Emissions: EPA compliant. Header Style: Mid-Length Tube. This superior Patriot EXhaust...
      $358.97 - $479.66
    • (0 reviews)
      # 562699614
      Ford Thunderbird 1981, Stage 5 Super Street Dimpled and Slotted Front Brake Kit by EBC®. The EBC Stage 5 SuperStreet Brake Kit is designed for those looking for heavy-duty high gripping pads and rotors. Thanks to the 4000 Series...
      $348.77
    • (0 reviews)
      # 171398128
      Ford Thunderbird 1981, Sway Bar by Hellwig®. Quantity: 1 per Pack. Each application effectively reduces side-to-side body roll around turns, enhances tire grip, and optimizes vehicle stability at higher speeds. Balanced for neutral...
      Designed to provide optimum performance on lowered vehicles as well as lifted trucks with a higher center of gravityReduces side-to-side body roll around turns, enhances tire grip, and optimizes stability at higher speeds
      $246.13 - $377.85
    • (0 reviews)
      # 64867715
      Ford Thunderbird 5.0L 1981, Air Ram Series Intake Manifold by Weiand®. Designed for the 5.0L Ford and LS series families, this intake pick up where the factory left off. Engineered to build horsepower and torque through optimized plenum...
      Made with precision and quality in mindBuilt to last
      $176.95 - $232.95
    • (0 reviews)
      # 379675232
      Universal 4-Bank Chip Burner by SCT Performance®. SCT's single program and 5 program, four bank custom chips are specifically tuned for your car or truck by one of SCT's Custom Tuning dealers world wide.
      Easily switch between custom tunes using the optional Dial SelectorCan be custom tuned by one of SCT's Custom Tuning dealers world wide
      $349.00
    • (0 reviews)
      # 334669046
      Ford Thunderbird 5.0L With Ford Small Block Engine 1981, E-Street™ 170 Cylinder Heads by Edelbrock®. The modern combustion chamber design also improves the combustion process and the larger than stock intake and exhaust ports move...
      Modern combustion chamber designImprove the engine's efficiency
      $774.60 - $975.50
    • (0 reviews)
      # 86920075
      Ford Thunderbird 1981, Lo-Profile Direct Fit Single Electric Fan by Flex-a-Lite®. With Adjustable Thermostat Controller. Keep your engine cool and free up some extra horsepower and torque. The fan makes quicker cool downs, extended...
      Prevents your engine from overheatingProvides increased horsepower and torque
      $208.34 - $208.35
    • (0 reviews)
      # 1136294525
      Ford Thunderbird AOD Transmission / C4 Transmission 1981, Pro Ratchet™ Automatic Transmission Shifter by B&M®. This is the ultimate race shifter. If you're looking for a stout shifter – designed, developed, and refined by the...
      Quick And Easy To OperateReverse Lockout Meets NHRA And IHRA Requirements
      $303.07 - $304.97
    • (0 reviews)
      # 139902370
      Ford Thunderbird 5.0L Small Block Ford 1981, Ultra HP Mechanical Fuel Pump by Holley®. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by Titan features premium quality and will perform better than advertised. Perfect for your...
      Gold Dichromate finish for corrosion resistance and classic Holley looks500 CFM model 2300 outboard carburetor
      $313.95 - $525.95
    • (0 reviews)
      # 826428920
      Ford Thunderbird 1981, Billet Distributor by Fast®. Due to a variety of changes and updates developed by the talented electrical engineers at FAST™, these dual-sync distributors are plug-and-play for electronic ignition control with...
      20 AWG, extreme-duty flexible-style wires for increased strength and durabilityRevised sensor placement and advanced plate sleeve designs create increased accuracy and reliability
      $368.18 - $369.59
    • (0 reviews)
      # 40017813
      Ford Thunderbird 1981, Tie Rod Dust Boots by Energy Suspension®. Quantity: 2 per Pack. Largest Diameter Taper: 0.59". Socket Top Diameter: 1.375". Upgrade the protection for your steering system tie rods with replacement boots made from...
      Made of Hyper-Flex™ performance polyurethaneResistant to under vehicle fluids such as: oils, coolants, road contaminants, etc.
      $3.82
    • (0 reviews)
      # 775037562
      Ford Thunderbird 1981, OEM Style Starter by Tuff Stuff Performance®. Tuff Stuff starters are hand made from premium quality new components - not remanufactured - and are quality built in USA. Most Gear Reduction style starters, which...
      Designed For High Horsepower And High Compression EnginesLighter And Smaller Than OE Starters
      +1
      $123.69 - $164.97
    • (0 reviews)
      # 503449254
      Ford Thunderbird with Ford 7.5" Series Axle with 10 Bolt 1981, Rear Ring and Pinion Gear Set by Motive Gear®. Location: Rear. Motive Gear stock performance ring and pinions are excellent replacements for OE. Experienced installers...
      Quiet operationComputer controlled heat treatment
      $227.48 - $232.42
    • (0 reviews)
      # 69025922
      110 Series Single Layer Racing Suit by RaceQuip®. Avaliable in Colors: Black, Blue, Red. Get superior durability and comfort combined with overall flame and heat protection. Strong construction and advanced sewing techniques make this...
      Ensures heat and fire protectionGentle fabric provides superior comfort
      $99.95 - $139.95
    • (0 reviews)
      # 447916299
      Ford Thunderbird 1981, Lakester Exhaust Headers by Patriot Exhaust®. Primary Tubing Diameter: 1.625". Collector Outlet Diameter: 3.5". Emissions: EPA compliant. Classic design allows for hookup to an under chassis exhaust system while...
      $541.52 - $871.47




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    • Performance Brakes, Pads & Rotors
      August 10, 2018
      When Is It Time To Replace My Brake Lines?
      Hydraulic brake lines and hoses aren’t something most people think about when it comes to vehicle maintenance. That’s understandable, considering automakers...
      by Michael Grayen
    • Performance Brakes, Pads & Rotors
      August 09, 2018
      When Is It Time To Replace My Brake Calipers?
      Brake calipers, found only on disc brake systems, house pistons which use the force of hydraulic brake fluid to stop the vehicle. More specifically, those pistons...
      by Timothy Zahl
    • Suspension
      August 08, 2018
      When Is It Time To Replace My Vehicle's Springs?
      The springs on your vehicle are an integral part of its suspension system. Not only do springs keep all four corners suspended at a pre-determined, level ride height,...
      by Richard Reina
    • Suspension
      July 11, 2018
      When Is It Time To Replace My Suspension Bushings?
      Maybe you remember being pushed along in a wheelbarrow during childhood. The ride was bone-jarring - even with an air-filled rubber tire cushioning against the rough...
      by Timothy Zahl
    • Engines
      May 21, 2018
      How To Remove An Engine
      If you've grown tired of your engine's declining performance, inconsistent power, rough idle, exhaust smoke, knocking noises, rattles, and other maladies that plague...
      by Richard Reina
    • Engines
      May 09, 2018
      How Does An Internal Combustion Engine Work?
      An engine that uses liquid fuel to create energy, such as an internal combustion engine, is basically a large air pump. Cool air is drawn in, mixed with the fuel of...
      by Timothy Zahl
    • Engines
      May 02, 2018
      Glossary Of Engine External Parts
      Internal combustion engines are extremely complex and feature a wide array of components that rotate, pump, pressurize, or seal. Many of these components, while...
      by Timothy Zahl
    • Performance Engine Parts
      April 20, 2018
      What You Need When Rebuilding Or Replacing An...
      So you’ve decided to take on the project of rebuilding or replacing your vehicle’s engine. Modern internal combustion engines are quite complex – with a wide...
      by Richard Reina
    • Shift Knobs
      January 19, 2018
      Shopping Guide – Shift Knobs
      The knob at the end of your gearshift lever probably isn't something that most people notice when getting into your car or truck. But for a minimal cost, it can be. We...
      by Timothy Zahl
    • Running Boards
      November 29, 2017
      Shopping Guide - Running Boards
      Running boards date as far back as the automobile itself, being integrated into car and truck designs until falling out of favor after World War II. With the boom in...
      by Timothy Zahl
    • Off-Road Bumpers
      November 28, 2017
      Shopping Guide – Off Road Bumpers | Custom...
      There's a saying that advises out of all the paths you take in life, it's important to make sure a few of them are dirt. But while dirt can be found most anywhere you...
      by Timothy Zahl
    • Automotive Tools
      August 30, 2017
      What Special Tools Are Available For Exhaust...
      Exhaust work can be challenging. Old parts are usually corroded and difficult to separate, and new ones sometimes need minor fitment adjustments during installation....
      by Timothy Zahl

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