Apologies in advance, as this may appear like a paid commercial. It is not, I bought these parts with my well-deserved pension. Here’s my 1997 Thunderbird. I love it to bits, both to ride and to look at. This is our sixth season together and it is great on the open road. I have to admit though, that the engine has been a bit hesitant when starting up, and very dependent on the choke for the first couple of miles. In stop-and-go traffic it hasn’t exactly ran with confidence. It had just had a major carb clean when I got it. Still, the idle jets could perhaps do with a bit of extra service now for smoother running at low revs. That was my thought, anyway. Everywhere I read though, I notice that the original coils are an accident waiting to happen after all these years. Stick coils seem to be the way to go, to remove the risk of any high tension trouble in cables and connectors leading up to the spark plugs. So as a preventive maintenance, and a possibly better running engine as a bonus, I ordered a set of Paul Messenger’s stick coil kits this winter and installed it a couple of weeks ago. It was really plug and play. Boy, did they transform the old Bird! Now the engine runs strong and with confidence at start-up, I can close the choke after a minute or two, and no longer do I have to blip the throttle now and then in stop-and-go-traffic. The performance must be very close to how it was back in 1997. I may still replace the idle jets, but now I can wait until a thorough carb clean is again needed. So if you suspect your T300 may suffer from poor spark at low revs – Better Call Paul.