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Old 06-16-2011, 06:10 PM
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I've noticed something erie over the last several years. Have you guys noticed that alot of the most popular car and truck names are based apon past aircraft models? I have. The thing that sold it in my mind was when I heard of a version of a ranger being called the "Thunderbolt" which came from a WWII aircraft. Now if Ford were to use some design cues, and the names god knows what kind of business they'd do with the general public. That would be kool to see a ranger that looked like this wouldn't it? I wonder what a Thunderbolt version of the Ranger looks like?



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Old 06-16-2011, 06:13 PM
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Yeah automakers have been doing it for years. Hell back in the 50's and 60's they used to try and make them looks like airplanes

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Old 06-16-2011, 06:19 PM
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Yeah automakers have been doing it for years. Hell back in the 50's and 60's they used to try and make them looks like airplanes

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Yeah I know they've been doing it for years, but it just now kind of sunk in with me I guess. What does the Ranger Thunderbolt look like? I have yet to see one, but I have heard of it though.
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:22 PM
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Yeah I know they've been doing it for years, but it just now kind of sunk in with me I guess. What does the Ranger Thunderbolt look like? I have yet to see one, but I have heard of it though.
They look like a regular ranger but they have a hood scoop, ground effects, differnt wheels, a decal on the side, dual exhaust, lower stance and a little spoiler on the back. Do a google image search for one.

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Old 06-16-2011, 06:32 PM
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They look like a regular ranger but they have a hood scoop, ground effects, differnt wheels, a decal on the side, dual exhaust, lower stance and a little spoiler on the back. Do a google image search for one.

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I'll do just that later on. I bet it looks kool.

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Well I just now googled the Ranger Thunderbolt and it looks pretty kool, but I don't care for the raised whiteletter tires, and the non functional hood scoop on the base package. here's the link I found that has a few photos of it:

http://www.therangerstation.com/reso...hunderbolt.htm

They could've done a little bit better than what they did. Do they even offer that package anymore or has it gone by the wayside now?
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:35 PM
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the edge u have kind of has a non functional hood scoop...minus the hole for the air
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:42 PM
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the edge u have kind of has a non functional hood scoop...minus the hole for the air
I guess they did get rid of it then. Yeah I know I just want to change the look that mine has a little bit, and add a V8 to mine. No luck on the body kit yet. They aint cheap by any means that's for sure. The cheapest price I have gotten for a stealth looking custom body kit so far is $2K and it's unpainted to.
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Old 06-17-2011, 03:47 PM
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the Fairlane Thunderbolt pre-dates the Ranger t-bolt by a few decades
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:24 PM
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the Fairlane Thunderbolt pre-dates the Ranger t-bolt by a few decades
Oh I know. Fairlane's main design also came from a B-24 Liberator Bomber that Ford actually built during WWII. That same plane along with the P-38 Lightning also influenced Carol Shelby when he designed the 1965 427 Shelby A/C Cobra too. Google "Willow Run" and you'll see where Ford's aircraft connection starts. They played a huge roll in WWII during the long range bomber shortage. In fact a popular headline for the local news papers during that time was called "Will it run". Alot of history here concerning aircraft names. That's what I like is the automotive connection between WWII and Ford motor company. That's what gets me excited about WWII is the technology they came up with back then.
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:26 PM
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Continuing the Ford aviation connection - they built the Ford Trimotor and a light airplane called the Flivver in the 20's and 30's. And Lee Iacocca named the Mustang after the North American P-51 fighter.
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:31 PM
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Thats because airplanes are sexy. Trust me im a pilot. lol
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:32 PM
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Continuing the Ford aviation connection - they built the Ford Trimotor and a light airplane called the Flivver in the 20's and 30's. And Lee Iacocca named the Mustang after the North American P-51 fighter.
Yep. Lee Atwood was who designed the P-51 fighter, and the British coined the name "Mustang" to the fighter. When it first came out it was only good for low level recon attacks and info gathering. The 8th airforce didn't like it at all despite the rave reviews the British gave the new aircraft. The Merlin Engine didn't come into play until 1942 when a few pilots and mechanics proposed an engine swap to an american general. He approved it and went ahead to get the government's approval. The Merlin was a V12 British engine produced by Packard in the U.S. at that time. Afterwards, that was the only engine that came in the old P-51 fighter. The first engines were made by Allison a GM owned company. The first model to come out with a Merlin engine was the P-51 B model. The P-51 D had the absolute best visibility with it's "bubble top" canopy. Another aircraft connection right there.
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:07 PM
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Surely the most pitiful "aircraft" connection was the British Triumph Spitfire?

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Yep. Lee Atwood was who designed the P-51 fighter, and the British coined the name "Mustang" to the fighter. When it first came out it was only good for low level recon attacks and info gathering. The 8th airforce didn't like it at all despite the rave reviews the British gave the new aircraft. The Merlin Engine didn't come into play until 1942 when a few pilots and mechanics proposed an engine swap to an american general. He approved it and went ahead to get the government's approval. The Merlin was a V12 British engine produced by Packard in the U.S. at that time. Afterwards, that was the only engine that came in the old P-51 fighter. The first engines were made by Allison a GM owned company. The first model to come out with a Merlin engine was the P-51 B model. The P-51 D had the absolute best visibility with it's "bubble top" canopy. Another aircraft connection right there.
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