Updates

Updates:

- Marti's work is proceeding and on track for a Monday delivery. Radiator is in, and distributor is being changed out right now. Fuel tank and sender unit is in the mail and should be the last major system getting upgraded.

- GG's new engine. It turns out the engine was not a virgin block and will be bored .60 over. With that said, the build is going along well, and Tim (the master builder) is confident it's going to kick butt once installed. I had to order another $600 worth of engine parts, but that should be the last surprise there. Once it's done, the new engine is shipped up here, and GG's engine renovation will be accomplished.

Result: by Memorial day, I'll have 2 VERY happy birds in my nest!

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I ordered a battery for the Thunderbird from local Interstate store on 3 9 17...

I ordered a battery for the Thunderbird from local Interstate store on 3/9/17 and kept being put on hold.. First to see if he could find one in warehouse.. Then to get the number #29NF-VHD.. He said he would call when it can in.. I called them today 3/18/17 because I haven't heard from them.. was put on hold.. after 10 minutes hung up and called them back and a guy in the warehouse answered and said he couldn't help me so put me on hold.. I called back and kid said he couldn't find the order but he would call the manager and call me back.. (Doesn't Interstate have computers!!!! ) I ask him when that would be.. before noon.. He did call me back soon and the battery is on Backorder.. Interstate is a big battery company I don't get that these batteries are on backorder!!!!

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    Photos from Jack Koeppel's post

    A trunk of another color: I know they came with the Burtex liner, but I wanted something a little more classy. I've owned cars with extremely rusty trunks, but my 56 is clean as a whistle, with no rust is sight. I'll never have her judged so I went with a nice peacock carpet to finish off the trunk. The only source I could find for a custom made trunk carpet was Larry's ($64.). I installed the factory correct cardboard trunk sides at the same time ($26.) which I painted flat black. It took a long while to figure out how they were suppose to fit. I even refinished the tire jack and carefully fit it into the correct place lashing the lug wrench to the backside so you can't see it. I repainted some areas of the trunk that would be visible with the correct color (car came from factory black). I love the results! I'll be adding some 1956 props for car shows like a period correct picnic basket, cooler, portable radio and road maps. For less than a hundred bucks and a little paint and time - I'm very happy with the results. The original mat is under the carpet just in case.

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      I need some advice I have a 57 and the accelerator throttle linkage got bent...

      I need some advice. I have a '57 and the accelerator throttle linkage got bent when the rubber on the back of the pedal broke while I was accelerating. So, minimally I need a new pedal and throttle linkage. Other than ordering parts to repair the factory setup, I have seen different options out there for retrofit kits that improve the whole connection between the pedal and the linkage in the engine compartment. Anyone have any luck with any of these aftermarket mods? I'm against drilling any holes, so I would only be interested in a setup that could work without drilling.

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        Photos from Jack Koeppel's post

        Spring in February? Not quite, but it was almost 75 today in NJ. With my winter project to "dress up" the engine compartment almost complete it was time to take her out for a spin before winter's return this weekend. This was my first chance to take the car for a long drive since I purchased it last fall at Hershey. All I can say is these cars are amazing to drive. I guess most already know that - but I'm still new to the "fraternity". The car has 81K miles and the engine appears original (unrebuilt). It has the optional 312v 225hp version piped through a pair "Cherry Bombs". The sound is awesome - and the power really impressed me. I can't wait for spring.

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          Photos from Jack Koeppel's post

          Waiting for Spring: My aluminum valve cover reconditioning project.

          You don't realize just how beautiful the design of these original factory-optioned covers are until you pull them off and consider them on their own merit.

          To bring the "reconditioning" project on the engine compartment of my 56 to a close I pulled off both valve covers to "spruce them up". My research indicated Mother's Mag & Aluminum Polish gave excellent results. The before and after photos show the amazing transformation.

          However, I knew the results I'd get from my buffing wheel could improve on the shine. I saved an electric motor from an old furnace and added a cloth polishing wheel from Eastwood. You can see the results in the before and after shots but the photos don't do the finished covers justice - they look amazing. Sixty years never looked so good.

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            Photos from Jeff Bennight's post

            Ok, I have an issue with the 55 I just bought. The battery went dead and I figured out the alternator/generator wasn't charging it. Ordered and changed it with a newer style alternator and also replaced the external regulator. It's still not charging. This is my first Tbird and first car that was converted to 12 volt from 6 volt. Battery is a 12 volt so I'm assuming it's been converted. I know what they say about assuming but that's the best I can do at this point. My question is, is there something I could be missing that would keep it from charging? Here are pics of the alternator I used to replace the old one and the regulator I replaced with the same part number regulator. Any help is very much appreciated.

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              Experience a Reunion 60 years in the making as E and F codes come to Carlisle...

              Experience a Reunion 60 years in the making, as E and F codes come to Carlisle Ford Nationals!Time is now getting short. If you have an E or F Code 1957 Ford or Thunderbird you must register your vehicle before March 6th to take part in the largest gathering of these Fords in history. Clones, M-260, 260 Power Packs and M-335 vehicles will also be accepted.

              Learn More & Apply: http://www.carlisleevents.com/carlisle-events/carl isle-ford-nationals/carlisle-ford-nationals-detail .aspx?detailid=1468

              If you need a paper, mail in application, please PM me, Richard Stuck.

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                Photos from Joe Gentile's post

                Thinking of selling my 1955 thunderbird located in southern NH. Frame off restoration in 1998. Runs and drives excellent. Not completely original, but anyone who looks and drives this car will appreciate what this car has to offer. Beautiful Peacock Blue paint in excellent condition. Three speed with overdrive. 1957 312 with "E" option carburetor setup that is all correct. Dealer installed AC. All white leather interior. Lots of chrome added. Power steering. Power brakes. Power seat and windows. 4 new radial tires and Wire wheel non clip style hub caps. 6 month old new black soft top. Front Fog Lights mounted in Bumper as they should be. Correct hardtop same color as car itself (Peacock Blue non porthole) Well maintained. Many show trophies. Car is stored in a climate controlled garage. Serious inquiries only please. More photos can be provided. Thank you!

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                  Mike Blume shared a link to the group: 55 56 57 Ford Thunderbird Little Early or Baby Birds 1955 1956 1957.

                  Q: the next days I will fix my original early style Power Steering Control Valve of my '55 with an overhaul kit.

                  But: I wonder why I can't use a new part like shown here (see link below).... should it not fit anyway when I would use correct fitting hoses? (early 55 with Cast Clamp Early has 3 large hose fittings and 1 small. Later has 3 small hose fittings and 1 large)

                  Additional direct links where to get PS control valve overhaul sets highly appreciated :-) :-) Most of the kits don't have all parts needed esp. the seals.

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                    I just purchased a Y block 312 that came out of a 56 Mercury Montclair and it...

                    I just purchased a Y-block 312 that came out of a (56?) Mercury Montclair, and it came with this Fordomatic. I have no need for the tranny, so here it is! I know virtually nothing about the transmission, and I'm going off what the previous owner told me (who was NOT the Merc's owner). He never had the combo installed, so buyer beware/be aware.

                    Asking $400, but price is negotiable

                    Local pick up is preferred (Monterey, CA), but I could probably get my paws on a pallet. Shipping costs would apply, of course.

                    I'll be posting in multiple places, just for FYI.

                    Any questions, please feel free to message me.

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                      Dennis Potter shared a link to the group: 55 56 57 Ford Thunderbird Little Early or Baby Birds 1955 1956 1957.

                      Ok folks, it's shameless plea time...

                      I'd bet my next paycheck that everyone on this page has learned something about Thunderbird's on the internet. It's an invaluable resource for documenting and sharing helpful information about our favorite car. Personally I was able to find previously unknown history about my '55 retirement present / project.

                      Unfortunately we may permanently lose public access to a 64,000+ strong database open to all '55 to '05 Thunderbird's.

                      The Thunderbird Registry is a website maintained and financially supported by a single individual. If you've ever had to pay for a replacement phone or computer to keep up with 'newer standards' you'll correctly suspect this can be a significant burden.

                      Please make a donation to help keep the history of our cars alive.

                      https://www.gofundme.com/the-thunderbird-registry- upgrades

                      .

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                        This is what the car looked like years ago when the owner since 1974 cleaned...

                        This is what the car looked like years ago when the owner since 1974 cleaned out the garage a little and I happened to see the garage open. I walked over to talk to the gentleman and 1st thing was "not for sale at any price". With that we just talked about how he came into the car back then and what it was oh boy! A factory F code! According to the owner who we'll call "Bob" said the car was raced by a doctor new and was ordered with Raven black, blk and white int, white hardtop, black soft top, auto, back up lights, white wall tires (current tires are original 1965 thunderbird tires redline + whitewall) full wheel covers, fender skirts, heater, T&C radio, windshield washer, power steering, power brakes. It was painted white when he got it and its funny for such a extremely low mileage car (under 10K with doc's to prove). Bob told me he bought the car before he went off to pursue his job and it was left in the parents garage until he got back I don't know when that was. Never really drove it just liked looking at it and telling people he "had one". He's in his late 60's now and might get it out and about since all the 3 kids are grown up and have left, but that was years ago and it still sits today covered with 20 or so carpets. Maybe someday.....

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                          G Day all Thanks for the group it s great to be able to read your stories and...

                          G'Day all. Thanks for the group - it's great to be able to read your stories and see your cars. I am in Perth, Western Australia and am a few months away from completing restoration of my 55 Tbird. I would like to rechrome the Motorola Radio preset and OFF buttons but I can't seem to loosen the OFF button (the others are threaded). Does anyone know how to remove the "OFF" button? It seems that I should be able to work it off with a couple of screwdrivers but it doesn't want to move. The radio still works fine and I'd like to keep it in. Any pointers are really appreciated.Thanks and Happy New Year!

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                            Is there any particular battery anyone recommends for a 55 T bird

                            Is there any particular battery anyone recommends for a 55 T-bird?

                            Mine seems to be on its way out. I can charge it fully with the battery tender but after the car sits (like while I'm at work) for the day without it on, the charge is reduced. At first I thought some power source was being left on (without being aware of what it might be) but after charging it fully and then not connecting the cables to the battery and letting it sit overnight, the battery charge was reduced again after checking it with the tender again.

                            P.S. I just had a new alternator installed a couple weeks ago

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                              Photos from Hendrikus Van Den Groot's post

                              Check out my brand new Ford Thunderbird data pool under https://en.thunderbirdclub.de :)

                              I just finished work on the Classic Bird (55-57) sub-site. Moreover the Glamor Bird sub-site is done yet.

                              I still need some help with all the installed bulb types (e.g. 1157, 158). Post the bulbs you know under this post :)

                              Let me know, if there is something I should add/you´re missing.

                              I will start working on the next sub-site the next days.

                              I´ve also become a certified seller of the official Ford shop manuals, in case you still need it. Just click on "Shop".

                              The corresponding forum has moved to https://en.thunderbirdclub.de/forum

                              Check it out too!

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                                Thanks for allowing me to join Picked up this D code 57 in need of some love...

                                Thanks for allowing me to join. Picked up this D-code 57 in need of some love early this summer. It hasn't been regularly on the street lately because its previous owner since the late 80's suffered from Alzheimer's over the last 10 or 12 years. But he would go into the garage each day and sit in it - so his family didn't have the heart to let it go until he passed. I've had the tank and lines cleaned - carburetor rebuilt and the heads rebuilt with hardened valve seals. Starting to explore shops to strip her down and improve upon the Earl Schieb paint done in the late 80's. Once the paint is done, I'll replace the flat-spotted tires and get involved in local cruises. This car was meant to be driven...

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                                  Ron Harris shared a link to the group: 55 56 57 Ford Thunderbird Little Early or Baby Birds 1955 1956 1957.

                                  I was told this water pump will be good for my T-Bird. Casco Thunder Bird MODIFIED "HIGH OUTPUT" WATER PUMP

                                  CASCO now has available the modified water pump which increases the water flow. There are vanes added to the back side of the impeller our standard Thunderbird water pump. The modification components are all stainless steel. This pump is

                                  designed to push a larger amount of water through the radiator thereby helping to increase radiator cooling capacity.

                                  We also suggest that a thermostat with a larger opening be used with this modification for even more water flow. This thermostat is available as part number 8575C.

                                  The complete article on this pump modification can be found on the

                                  CASCO web site at www.classictbird.com 8501HO

                                  Water pump Modified for higher

                                  low RPM flow - with gaskets

                                  $149.00

                                  The "modified" water pump looked like a makeshift job, so I then found what I think is a much nicer high output . http://www.flowkoolerwaterpumps.com/store/p550/Wat er%20Pump%201635%20-%20Ford,%20Mercury%20Y%20Block%20%3Cbr%3E(1954-63)/product _info.html

                                  Just thought I would share :)

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                                    Question of the week lol

                                    Question of the week lol.

                                    When I bought my '57 bird, previous owner had new interior installed, but was 'missing' the glove box lock, and just used a simple Velcro strip to hold it shut..

                                    Well, I found it....... beneath the new dash pad!

                                    The moveable latch was flipped upwards inside, so couldn't tell was there. I bought a new lock with keys/matching trunk lock.

                                    So, to get old one out, should be just 2 screws on back, inside glove box, right?

                                    I'm assuming outer chrome bezel is missing, so how does lock go through pad and bezel ring around lock attach? Do I cut a small proper hole in pad, and do what with outer bezel to attach? Could use a pic to get a visual if someone has one.

                                    Here's a pic showing covered lock hole in dash.

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                                      Photos from Chris Low's post

                                      Greetings fellow Thunderbird enthusiasts. Three weeks ago I bought my fathers 1955 Thunderbird. He bought it in Lubbock, Texas in 1980 and a 12 month off frame, nut and bolt restoration was completed in 1984. I drove it in 1980 and it was a great car on the road. It was stored for 32 years in a 40 foot trailer were I removed it three weeks ago. It was built 12 Oct 54 so it is an early car. Today I put a scope in the combustion chambers. The cylinder walls were still shiny, so I put a socket on the crank and it rolled over without any hesitation. Still a lot of fussing to do, as well as installing front disk brakes. It was car number 424 off the line in Detroit. Just curious, how many earlier cars are on here? Any suggestions from members of this group?

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                                        30 شخص تسجل في الدورة لحد الان اخر اجل للدورة يوم 8 نونبر احجز مكانك الان

                                        30 شخص تسجل في الدورة لحد الان اخر اجل للدورة يوم 8 نونبر احجز مكانك الان

                                        للمبتدئين في مجال الادسنس للمواقع سأقدم لكم دورة حصرية وبثمن رمزي في مجال الربح من ادسنس وكيف تحقق 100 دولار الاولى لك لمدة شهر بالترافيك المجاني والمدفوع ايضا وسأقوم بشرح طريقتي التي حصلت بها على 6000 دولار في 6 اشهر و 1400 دولار في يوم واحد وهدا كله باثباثات دفع وساقوم بالتعاون معكم خلال

                                        شهر واحد واعطائكم جميع معلوماتي في هدا المجال ساقوم ببدء الدورة ب 100 شخص الاوائل بثمن 200 درهم فقط

                                        الدورة الثانية غادي تكون ب 500 درهم اغتنم الفرصة الان

                                        ثمن في متناول الجميع

                                        محاور الدورة من a الى z

                                        كيفاش تصوب موقع

                                        كيفاش تقبل في الادسنس

                                        كيفاش تفعل الكود البين

                                        كيفاش تلقا الكلمات الغالية

                                        كيفاش طلع الويب في المراتب الاولى في جووجل

                                        كيفاش تجيب الترافيك المجاني

                                        في الترافيك المدفوع ايضا ساريك

                                        كيفاش تخدم الترافيك المدفوع في الفايسبوك ومواقع اخرى

                                        كيفاش تقاد اعلان ممول ومستهدف

                                        كيفاش تخدم السيو

                                        كيفاش تحدم باكلينكات

                                        كيفاش تشري دومين واستضافة

                                        كيفاش تقاد سكريبتات وثيمات على موقعك

                                        كيفاش تختار النيش المناسب

                                        كيفاش تنشر في مجموعات الفايسبوك الاجنبية والعربية ب 0 دولار

                                        كيفاش طلع rpm

                                        كيفاش تستقبل الاموال عن طريق البنك

                                        كيفاش حققت 1400 دولار في يوم واحد

                                        والعديد من الدروس مع طلب الكوتشينح في اي حاجة مفهمتيهاش

                                        ستستفيد من كل الطرق التي نعلمتها خلال 4 سنوات من العمل الجااد

                                        ساقوم بتدريبك لمدة شهرين كامل حتى تصل الى 100 دولار الاولى لك

                                        لمن يهمه الامر المرجو الاتصال بي على الخاص لاتمام الخطوات وشكرا الدورة ستبدأ في 10 نونبر 2016

                                        اما لي غادي يجي قوليا نصاب وكنت كنطلب بنادم باش يوريني شي نيش في الموبايل حتى واحد ما عقل عليا وكيجيو يقولو ليك الفابووور ماكينا تاحجة فابووور كنت كنقول لبنادم لي واصل الله يحفضك ورينا شي نيش كندخل غير 1 درهم غير باش يتواضع وي يقوليك والو ولكن مانحزر حد لي بغا شي حاجة يخلص ويخدم هادي لي كنعرف

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                                          Photos from Stephen Bartley's post

                                          This is my dad’s 1957 T-Bird. He’s the 2nd owner and has owned the car since the late 60s. The car sat from 1972 to 1992 when it went thru a complete frame off restoration, completed in 1994. Unfortunately the car then sat in an “instant shelter” from the late 90s until now. All I have are these photos, I haven’t seen the car in quite some time as he lives a distance away. It does look very dirty but other than that I don’t see any rust. The frame and body were sandblasted and coated with an acid etch primer before painting. The frame and underbody was painted with several coats of Rust-Oleum for protection, since it was meant to be a daily driver, not a show car. The Colonial White exterior was finished in Lacquer. The original 312 engine was rebuilt as part of the restoration and probably has less than 2000 miles on it. Original bumpers, etc were re-chromed and the interior was brand new at the time. I think the wiring harness may have been new as well. I know the car will require a lot of work to make operational. I’m hoping to purchase the car from him and we are trying to establish a fair value. Can anyone here help me establish what the car may be worth from my description and these photos?

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                                            Carburetor guidance My 1955 T bird 292 is being restored to as close to...

                                            Carburetor guidance... My 1955 T-bird (292) is being restored to as close to factory as possible. But I am in conflict with the opportunity to update to a different carb. I do have the original Holley 4000 and a Carter that was on the engine when I got the car. Is there a recommendation that will help with this opportunity? The Holley is clean but missing the mixture adjusting screws and fuel inlet fitting, otherwise I think it is complete.

                                            Thanks for guidance.

                                            I am also hoping that the air filter will work with any of the non-standard recommendations.

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                                              TB is partly restored ready for the road and polished to shine again after 14...

                                              TB is partly restored, ready for the road and polished to shine again after 14 years sitting still before my ownership. Took a half year for me and my mate. I´ll post some more photos soon. One problem left: Leaking from the rear main engine seal. Does anyone here has experience and success changing the seal without removing the engine and crankshaft? G. Baumgartner describes in his manual that it works but it seems quite tricky. The problem is the top half of the seal. The old one has to be pushed out and the new one (neoprene) has to be pushed into the semicircular cavity. Does that really work?

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                                              We have a 57 Thunderbird that we are thinking about selling The car is in...

                                              We have a 57 Thunderbird that we are thinking about selling. The car is in great shape. We are the second owner, his aunt purchased it new. It has never seen snow and taken care of fantastically. It only has 26,000 miles. All Original Metal It has been painted, chrome cleaned up, new seals when needed. 8-cyl. 312cid/245hp 4bbl Ford O Matic Transmission rebuilt. Hard top. Original inside door covers, dash, seat covers have been replaced with oem parts. In fact any work we have done has been oem parts. Rockers are Straight and Solid Haggerty is showing between 51,000 to 75,000. I was wondering were you would suggest trying to sell it. We are outside Erie, PA.

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                                                OK on my 57 I have been working to get it running Rebuilt the carb bought a...

                                                OK on my 57 I have been working to get it running. Rebuilt the carb, bought a new fuel pump, new flex line, factory filter and fittings. Previous owner removed the filter and rigged up a rubber hose from pump to carb.

                                                Bought a filter to carb fuel line and fitting to carb. Went to attach it and found interference between the line and air cleaner. Original air cleaner and fuel line is for a 57 4bbl.

                                                I just saw in the catalog I bought from a custom bent fuel and fitting to prevent this interference. Any one got pictures of the glass bowl filter, fuel line to carb on a 57?

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                                                  Photos from Sandy Lanning Church's post

                                                  Made a quick stop earlier today to check out the "Little Birds" here in SD at the Crown Plaza Hotel. I hope my '55 looks as pretty as this little red one when I'm finished. I have seen several Mustangs turned into wagons but the first Tbird made from a '57 Ford wagon, and an over view of the hotel parking lot. A beautiful day in SD for a Classic Car show. I must explain~this isn't just a car show but these cars are judged in different classes and the winners will be announced tonight at the banquet. A lot of these 'Birds have come a very long way~~many out-of-state plates here!

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                                                    Hello People. So I m still having a problem with the charging rate in my car

                                                    Hello People. So I'm still having a problem with the charging rate in my car. I did motorize the Generator and it spun fine, so from all I am hearing the Generator is OK. I installed the voltage regulator but the only way I can get it to charge above 12.5 volts is to play around with the contacts. When I do that, especially the Bat. terminal on the regulator the voltage shoots up over 15-17 volts. I'm assuming then that the Generator is indeed OK. Ive cleaned all the points in the regulator, but no luck. Ive tried bending the spring tension on that particular contact, but I can't seem to "tune" it in to the correct charging rate. Guess I will go buy a new voltage regulator then and hopefully that will correct the issue. Is there any one brand better than another? Dose anyone make one with the adjustable contacts? Ive seen in the past small thumb screws on some regulators to make adjustments. Are these still available? My car has an A/C compressor on top of the Generator with a special bracket to accommodate the mounting of the compressor. Is there a conversion available to change my car from a Generator to an Alternator? Is it possible to convert my existing Generator to an Alternator? If so, how big a deal to modify the wiring? Thanks everyone!

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                                                      garage find white wall tire still in wrapping

                                                      Another garage find, still in wrapping 14 ' wide white bias-ply. P215/75R14. Black seen in photo is on tape, tire in good shape. Seem to remember it is coker brand. Bought it with 4 others for my 59/57. Will help with shipping but prefer pickup in Fort Worth TX $70

                                                      garage find white wall tire still in wrapping

                                                      $70 - Fort Worth, TX (76107)

                                                      Another garage find, still in wrapping 14 ' wide white bias-ply. P215/75R14. Black seen in photo is on tape, tire in good shape. Seem to remember it is coker brand. Bought it with 4 others for my 59/57. Will help with shipping but prefer pickup in Fort Worth TX $70

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                                                        OK so I spent the morning at the driveline shop with the Driveshaft I removed...

                                                        OK, so I spent the morning at the driveline shop with the Driveshaft I removed once again. Very tough getting it out. After spending at least 2 hours at the shop I'm not having any luck. I brought home with me to try a 16 spline yoke that he asked me to try in the tail shaft at the end of the transmission. It did fit on, but only a couple of inches from the back of the transmission seal, before it began to get hard to slip on. Didn't want to force it any further. Although my existing yoke as well as what I can see of the tail shaft appear to be in very good clean condition, at this point it appears that maybe the tail shaft has a problem. Again, if I rotate the tail shaft it appears by eye to run true, but I guess we are dealing with tight tolerances and it probably would take much to create this problem. This is the first time I have ever taken out the drive shaft since I've owned the car. I've had the car since 2000 and other than this slight vibration problem after 60MPH, the car hasn't had any problems. Great car for sure. I called a few of the Thunderbird suppliers, but none seem to have had this problem I'm having with the yoke. They tell me that the 55, and 56 thunderbirds with a standard transmission use the same yoke. The 16 spline style. The 57 used a finer spline. With me having the overdrive shouldn't make a difference with the yoke style. I really hate to pull the engine and transmission to dismantle and replace the output spline. At this point I'm tossing ideas to avoid doing that. If anyone has any other suggestions, it would be appreciated. Thanks to everyone over the past few days for all the help and support!

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                                                          Ok folks This is long so bear with me Sorry I had the new driveshaft made...

                                                          Ok folks. This is long so bear with me. Sorry! I had the new driveshaft made for my 55 little bird. They did an excellent job! No I haven't taken it yet for a drive to see if it's corrected the vibration ( I call it a vibration but I think it feels like more of an out of balance issue). Anyway, I think most of you know I mentioned I took the shaft out. However, I failed to mention how difficult it was to remove the Yoke end of the shaft out of the tail end of the transmission! Wow! I had to pound on the shaft with a mallet like you wouldn't believe! OK , so obviously I was able to get it out and to the shop. Now, the shop installed a new length of tube and a new end where it bolts up to the differential and balanced the whole assembly. They did use the original Yoke and on the other end installed two new U-Joints to the shaft. Really good ones that don't need greasing. When I got the shaft home I cleaned up the original Yoke inside spline and the outside where it rides through the rear transmission seal. Made sure everything at that end was as clean as possible and added some Lub to the inside spline as well as on the outside where it will pass tough the seal. I crawled under the car and as best I could I cleaned the little bit of the transmission end of the spline that was visible beyond the seal. Not much sticking out beyond the seal to clean. Lubed that up and started the new shaft into the transmission. This is what bothers me! It was just as hard to slip back into the transmission spline as it was to get it out!! Holy Moly! Had to pound it back it once again! A real pain! I really don't want to remove it again because I don't know if I can make the "slip" fit any better. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Should I worry about this situation? I know if I try to get it out again, it's gonna take the same effort to get it out again and I really hate pounding on the shaft (especially this new one) to get it out. Has anyone run into this problem? The only way I can think of correcting the problem is to remove and disassemble the transmission! Don't want to do that! No way! Once again. I really appreciate the help! Thank you!

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                                                            Photos from Bill Huff's post

                                                            Bird Brains! I need your input! Who's running EFI?

                                                            So GG and I are now living in the Monterey, CA area, and it's wreaking havoc on her carburetor. Just in this area alone, temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure fluctuate DRASTICALLY, and I'm constantly having to adjust her Holley.

                                                            Reluctantly, I'm considering switching to EFI, but 1, I don't want to do anything that permanently alters her. 2, I want something that LOOKS original (until you get close).

                                                            I'm considering the Holley Sniper Self-Tuning EFI, but what are the rest of you running?

                                                            thanks!

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                                                              Good Morning everyone I have an update on the vibration issue that everyone...

                                                              Good Morning everyone. I have an update on the vibration issue that everyone has been so kind to help me out with. This morning I jacked up my T-Bird, placed Jack Stands to support the car appropriately, and crawled underneath to check out the U-Joints, and the Tail Shaft bushing, that most of you suggested I do. Happy (very) happy to report that the Tail Shaft bushing (or bearing) appears to be fine. Thank goodness! No movement at all when I moved the Drive Shaft up and down. A little play (very little) with the U-Joint by the Yoke. It virtually disappeared once I greased the joint. The rear joint was in very good shape. So.. I decided to remove the Drive Shaft and take it to a shop that specializes in drive line repairs to have it checked for balance. A bit difficult to get the Yoke to come out of the tail shaft but, with a little per-swaging, with a mallet it came out. First thing the shop noticed was that there was not any evidence of the shaft being balanced, and he double checked both U-Joints prior to putting the shaft on the balancing machine. They agreed that both U-Joints were OK, and the little movement at the Yoke end U-Joint was due to lack of grease. So.. Once the shaft was loaded on the machine and started the process. First thing was to check for out of roundness at a very slow speed. It was very NOT good! You could see the wobble as the shaft was slowly revolved under power. His first comment was " there's your vibration no doubt about that! No need to go any further". He recommended that they make a new Drive Shaft, only using the Yoke end of the existing shaft, and install 2 new very high quality non-greasable U-Joints. He showed me the difference compared to the standard grease-able joints, and for the few extra dollars to use the non grease-able joints, I opted to go with those. This shop was great! They could have tried to fix the existing shaft they said, but recommended they build a totally new Drive Shaft. I went with there recommendation, and should have the newly made shaft in a couple of days. Can't wait to get it back on and hopefully, have the issue with vibration over 60MPG GONE! I will keep everyone updated, and once again, can't thank all of you enough for all the support! Thank you! Very much appreciated for sure!

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                                                                I have an update on my 55 T Bird vibration issue I crawled under the car today...

                                                                I have an update on my 55 T-Bird vibration issue I crawled under the car today to check the U-Joints on the driveshaft. The rear seems pretty tight but the front one up by the transmission has just a slight amount of play. Decided to try something. I drove down the road and at 60MPH the vibration started. I pushed in the clutch at that speed and it appears the vibration subsided a bit. Maybe that U-Joint is the culprit. Going to take the driveshaft off this week and replace that U-Joint. Has anyone tried this before? Will pushing in the clutch take strain off the joints? Worth a try don't you think to replace that joint? Thanks!!

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                                                                  Good Morning I m having a little problem with my 1955 Little Bird that maybe...

                                                                  Good Morning! I'm having a little problem with my 1955 Little Bird, that maybe someone can help. I've been having a problem after 60MPH with a slight vibration. I thought it might be a problem with the tire balance and it did get a little better once I had all 4 Radials. balanced using a very good shop. All 4 tires are virtually brand new. Diamond Back Classic 205-75R 15. But, still having an issue. Below 60 the car drives great, no problems, comfortably goes down the road very well. I've checked all the suspension and all appears to be in very good condition. The only thing I was thinking is that maybe a shock is creating the problem. The rear shocks do have helper springs to bring up the rear of the car slightly, but it feels like the issue is up front. The steering wheel is steady, not vibration at all. I do have the imitation Wire Wheel hub caps on the car. Could this be causing an issue, where the tires and wheels cannot be balanced with the hub caps? I haven't tried leaving them off and see if the vibration goes away. Think its worth a try? I was going to go and buy 4 new good gas shocks to see if that cures the problem. Any thoughts, or suggestions to try, would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

                                                                  Joe Gentile. Southern NH. USA.

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                                                                    Good Morning I m having a little problem with my 1955 Little Bird that maybe...

                                                                    Good Morning! I'm having a little problem with my 1955 Little Bird, that maybe someone can help. I've been having a problem after 60MPH with a slight vibration. I thought it might be a problem with the tire balance and it did get a little better once I had all 4 Radials. balanced using a very good shop. All 4 tires are virtually brand new. Diamond Back Classic 205-75R 15. But, still having an issue. Below 60 the car drives great, no problems, comfortably goes down the road very well. I've checked all the suspension and all appears to be in very good condition. The only thing I was thinking is that maybe a shock is creating the problem. The rear shocks do have helper springs to bring up the rear of the car slightly, but it feels like the issue is up front. The steering wheel is steady, not vibration at all. I do have the imitation Wire Wheel hub caps on the car. Could this be causing an issue, where the tires and wheels cannot be balanced with the hub caps? I haven't tried leaving them off and see if the vibration goes away. Think its worth a try? I was going to go and buy 4 new good gas shocks to see if that cures the problem. Any thoughts, or suggestions to try, would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

                                                                    Joe Gentile. Southern NH. USA.

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                                                                      Good Morning Need some suggestions I am thinking of replacing my rear shocks...

                                                                      Good Morning! Need some suggestions. I am thinking of replacing my rear shocks on my 55 little bird. Presently, I have stock rear springs with coil helper springs over them to help bring the rear of the car up to a more level position. I was thinking of putting a good set of Air shocks on the rear. Has anyone done this, and is this a good solution? Would these shocks affect the ride? Are there any other shocks that may be a better solution? Any suggestions as to which brand to buy? I would like to keep the rear of the car up to keep it level. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

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                                                                        1956 Ford Thunderbird For Sale 15 000 obo

                                                                        1956 Ford Thunderbird For Sale $15,000 obo

                                                                        Perfect for restoration

                                                                        California Garage Find, currently located in Central California (near Fresno). Bought with intent to restore but do not have time.

                                                                        Currently registered with Clean Title

                                                                        Last on the road in 2005.

                                                                        312/Auto and Soft-top (No hardtop)

                                                                        VIN P6FH139173

                                                                        BODY 40A

                                                                        COLOR K

                                                                        TRIM XB

                                                                        PRODUCTION CODE 1LP13

                                                                        The Bad:

                                                                        These pictures are meant to show all of the cars flaws.

                                                                        There is damage to the right front fender near front bumper.

                                                                        There was an earlier rust repair on both the drivers and passenger side below the door.

                                                                        Bondo was used on the car probably during the color change out

                                                                        The Good:

                                                                        California car for most (if not all of) its life

                                                                        The inside and truck floors look good.

                                                                        The motor starts and runs with no leaks

                                                                        All of the trim present, missing rear bumper but there is an extra front bumper (currently used as the rear)

                                                                        PM or email me matt@hamilton-inc.com for more pictures.

                                                                        Most interior looks great. Minor repairs and cleaning needed

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                                                                          Thanks for letting me join the group The main reason I m here is because my...

                                                                          Thanks for letting me join the group. The main reason I'm here is because my Uncle passed away last fall and he was a Thunderbird collector. We (his family) have had his collection appraised and now we start the process of selling his cars. He has a 56, 57, and 03 James Bond SE as well as a 48 Chevy Coupe all of which we are just starting the selling process. Eventually, I will probably list for sale in Hemmings or ebay but thought I would just put it out there to some of you collectors first. I'll start by just putting the one picture I have of all of his cars on here first. My aunt has mailed a package to me with the appraisal amounts, mileage, and better photos so I am limited to any info at this time...

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                                                                            I am working on getting the body straight and lined up on my 55 The car sat in...

                                                                            I am working on getting the body straight and lined up on my 55. The car sat in a barn for 30+ years with the hood leaning against the wall with junk piled up against it. It seams to have flattened it a little. Anyone have any experience/suggestions on how to get it back to the correct shape? I am thinking about making some cuts in the underside, getting it to the right shape and then tig welding them but I would rather bend it carefully back to shape. My fear is kinking it or damaging the top surface which all things considered isn't too bad.

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                                                                              Attention T bird and Mustang owners If you are looking for a custom fit air...

                                                                              Attention T-bird and Mustang owners. If you are looking for a custom fit air conditioning unit, I would like to inform of my experience with Classic Car Auto Air located in Texas. I ordered one and installed it and for three years attempted to get it to work properly. The main problem was that it would freeze up after an hour of driving the car. I made many attempts to troubleshoot with Classic's sales manager to no avail. I finally removed the unit from the car and asked the company for compensation. I was told that this request would have to come from the dealer who ordered the unit for me. The dealer is a friend and fellow club member. He called and was told that because of space it has a limited capacity and suggested I should try to sell the unit on E-bay!! There was clearly no intention on Classic's part to compensate me in any way. I am passing on this information to warn others before you deal with company so you won't have the same unfortunate experience I had.

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                                                                                Thanks for allowing me to join Just picked up a 57 about a month ago We are...

                                                                                Thanks for allowing me to join. Just picked up a 57 about a month ago. We are the 3rd owner. Never thought I would get one since I was always a Chevy guy. Currently working on my 72 Vette which I have owned for 32 years.

                                                                                Anyway the tbird has been in the same family for 50 years. We bought it from the son who inherited it 7 years ago. His dad owned it for 43 years. His dad bought from the original owner. I have the original title from when his dad boughtt it from the original owner. 69k original miles

                                                                                The car has not been driven and needs attention. The son drove it 82 miles in the 7 years he owned. We managed to get it started and pulled out of the garage but the carb was leaking like a sieve. Unloaded it from the trailer into my garage and the PS leaked all over the floor. I think it was marking its spot since I parked it next to the Vette. The son even told us about a leak his father saw at the transmission and fashioned a Prestone anti freeze and wired it up to catch the leak. the bottle is still inplace. Got that for nothing.

                                                                                The car is a 312 auto, PS. only options I see except the porthole hardtop and the tonneu cover. The car looks to be all original. It looks like the car may have been repainted original color, willow green with the green interior. It looks like some overspray in the engine compartment and under the frame. NO rust on the body or frame. The firewall was painted black for some reason and he painted over the data plate but was able to clen it a little

                                                                                Going to Ford Nationals this coming weekend at Carilsle for a fact fiinding and parts mission.

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                                                                                  Has anyone replaced their turn signal switch on their switch It has been...

                                                                                  Has anyone replaced their turn signal switch on their switch? It has been determined that my switch is bad and needs replaced, I have bought a new switch and was told to tie a string to the wires at the bottom and pull them thru the steering column and then tie the new wires and pull them back down but they don't seem to want to move very much and it seems very tight were they go into the bottom access area. I'm wondering if I need to loosen the steering column some to allow more room for the wires to get thru the access hole under the dash.

                                                                                  Any help would be appreciated

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                                                                                    Y all were so helpful with my other problems I thought I d bring you another

                                                                                    Y'all were so helpful with my other problems I thought I'd bring you another. Our Bird would read very high on the temp gauge despite there being no outward signs of overheating. Even while driving it would read hot and very hot when stopped/idling. Thinking either the sender or gauge were bad I replaced both when I changed it over to 12 volts. Dang if the new set up doesn't do the same thing!! With my infrared temp gauge it reads 185 right at the sender in the head. Everything else reads normal except for the dash gauge. The sender location seems odd since most other engines have the sender by the thermostat housing. I was thinking of moving mine there. Anybody have a solution for the original location or a problem moving it?

                                                                                    Thanks!!

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                                                                                      Photos from Gentry Zentmeyer's post

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                                                                                        P5FH100004 was on the cover of the May June 1974 issue of the Early Bird with...

                                                                                        P5FH100004 was on the cover of the May/June 1974 issue of the Early Bird with NO trim. P5FH100005 was owned by CTCI Treasurer George Watts for many years and had NO trim. ( His book "Caring for a legend" may be purchased today from CTCI. P5FH100006 was in the Ford museum for many years and had NO trim. P5FH 100009 and P5FH100010 were owned by a CTCI member in Downing California and sported NO trim. These two cars were for sale a couple of years ago. I keep a registry on `55-`57 Thunderbirds and know these facts to be true.

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                                                                                          Hallo everybody I need your help to solve a problem I own a 1956 Tbird with...

                                                                                          Hallo everybody, I need your help to solve a problem. I own a 1956 Tbird with Fordomatic that seems to work well. But when I move the gear shaft to P or N and I press the accelerator pedal the RPM don't increase but always remain the same (as the idle). The problem depends on the fact that the throttle control rod is blocked when the gear shat is only in P or N, when it is in D everything's normal. I've noticed this problem only when the engine (and transmission) is at normal working temperature. When I have just started the car no problem. Any idea or suggestion? Thank you!

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                                                                                            We went to local car show swap flea market yesterday i took Miss Patsy my b...

                                                                                            We went to local car show / swap flea market yesterday, i took Miss Patsy my b bird ! I left her alone for about an hour !

                                                                                            Came back and had a note on the seat !

                                                                                            It read Hi my name Mark my dad did the restoration on this car back in 1990 , tried to buy when it was sold to to the dealer XXXXXXX (same dealer we purchased from)

                                                                                            Well we know that didn't happen as I have her !

                                                                                            He asked if she was for sale ? if not if I was interested in history of the car he gave me phones ! home and cottage

                                                                                            Been a long time since a man left me his phone number ! LOL

                                                                                            Story doesn't end there Dave and I went back out looking for more treasures and came back with a few, we decided to leave and darn it another phone number do you want to sell ????? Frank

                                                                                            Well I know those notes were not for me but about that young Chick Miss Patsy ! AGAIN 1 year younger than me, but her body holding up better than mine ! She caused quite a stir !!!!!!! We did not stay until the end had a prior appointment !

                                                                                            Dave and I bought a couple posters will take pictures of them and post ! later today

                                                                                            Just thought I'd share a funny story and , YES I am calling Mark love to know more about my B Bird Miss Patsy

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                                                                                            Photos from Tommy Lowery's post

                                                                                            Looked at car today 1957 Tbird, E Code 312 with 2 Holley 4 barrel carbs, 3 speed manual with overdrive, 4:11 rear, repainted in 80,s.. I'll be getting back with him in next couple of days and need to know does this seem like a decent deal or not? Here goes how I happened upon the car. I bought a lake lot 5 years ago. He owner financed and I just made the last payment and when talking to him about getting deed we got to discussing cars as I have a 70 Mach1 and a 79 Cobra. He told me he has a 1957 Tbird that he bought in 59 with 5000 miles on it. Married his wife in it in 1961 and it now has 52,000 original miles and been kept inside and considered selling it. He had it painted in the 80's. Car is original except has new convertible top and interior. 50K what do you think?

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                                                                                              Rebecca C. S. Varga shared a link to the group: 55 56 57 Ford Thunderbird Little Early or Baby Birds 1955 1956 1957.

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                                                                                                Tried to save a few bucks and ordered a starter that fit a wide range of Fords...

                                                                                                Tried to save a few bucks and ordered a starter that fit a wide range of Fords, and it said it would fit a '56 too. Couldn't quite get all 3 bolts to get the starter to sit flush. Pulled it out and measure the to the end of the drive from the motor case, and it sits a tad over 1/8" longer than the original, so the drive is bottoming out before I can seat the starter to the engine, I believe. What's your guys opinion on shimming it with washers or gasket material, or should I stop being a cheapskate and just get a starter from a reputable T-bird source?

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                                                                                                  Photos from Rick Busche's post

                                                                                                  OK, I need some help with the linkage on my 57 bird. The linkage doesn't make any sense to me. The gas pedal controls a rod that ends up moving the kick-down and in turn the throttle. The bracket (with the moon shaped groove) is held in place by a detent. When throttle is floored the lever moves away from the detent and up through the opening. I can understand why the throttle doesn't operate the carb linkage and that linkage would then pickup the kick-down of the transmission. If I understand it correctly the birds have a three speed transmission. The car starts in 2nd and shifts to 3rd. For a kick-down I assume it drops back to second. Lastly when my linkage is floored it stick in place. Have anyone seen or experienced this. Thanks in advance.

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                                                                                                    Hello all I ve got 2 questions for you all 1 do any of you have experience...

                                                                                                    Hello all. I've got 2 questions for you all. 1, do any of you have experience with good, respectable garages in the Monterey, CA area? It looks like I'll be moving there this summer, and I'd love to hear from fellow owners of where to go (or where to NOT go). 2, about how much have you all spent on a restoration? My 57 was restored back in 92 and had a "freshening" paint job done last year. The paint job wasn't the greatest, and the wiring, etc is starting to show its age. I'm guessing I'll have to restore her in the next few years, and I'm trying to guess how much. I've heard from Hill's about $100k. Is that about right?

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                                                                                                      I would like to have some advice on my 56 resto project My following...

                                                                                                      I would like to have some advice on my 56 resto project. My following components are not 56 original, they are from from a 57 or later model: intake manifold type ECG 9425, 2bbl carb Holly 2300, Distributor type C3TF-12127. The choke control heat tube seems to be leaking / rusted as there is always some exhaust fume coming out of the small hole where the auto choke assembly is normally connected. Someone in the past installed a universal choke kit that is now connected to the exhaust manifold. I would like to repair the original assembly and use the auto choke parts that are available. Now which control heat tube would fit to the manifold I have: #9890, #9890-E or none of both? If nothing fits, can I just plug the hole? The hole on the other side is plugged with a screw.

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                                                                                                        Thank you for the add I join this group to see if people need parts I bought...

                                                                                                        Thank-you for the add. I join this group to see if people need parts. I bought this car for the valve covers and to save it from the crusher. It is a parts car, the frame is rotted also the body. I have the factory hard top, the back window is broke but the trim is good. It has factory tach,radio, all knobs,except the lighter is gone. Everything is still under the hood except the air cleaner. The hood is sold. I don't want to get into shipping things, I do not have time with work and projects. It's located just out side Albany NY. Pm me if you like. Thank you.

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                                                                                                          1956 Ford T bird 5000 CASH

                                                                                                          1956 Ford T-bird- $5000 CASH

                                                                                                          Was a Black car with black and white interior when new.

                                                                                                          Someone else started this project, I took it in trade and now am selling it...

                                                                                                          Original 292 V8, Ford-o-matic auto transmission

                                                                                                          The heads have been redone. New valves, guides, seals.

                                                                                                          Motor condition is unknown. It turns over. I have all of the parts to put it back together. I do not know if the trans is good or not.

                                                                                                          The body as it sits would make a decent rat rod or vintage race car but has a lot of filler in the lower areas. Bottoms of rear 1/4's, rocker panels, front fenders all have ALOT of filler in the bottoms.

                                                                                                          There are 3 spots on the frame where it has rusted. I believe they could be fixed easily with the body removed. It has the folding soft top still in place as well as the hardtop. It has a power seat which has been restored. Seat is reupholstered ($1200). I do not have the power seat motor. Some parts that go with the car are new front floor pans, new side rocker panels, inner and outer. Driver quality bumpers. The bumper bullets have been re chromed($1,000)Included is a rust free hood, (Off an old show car that had a MCcolloch supercharger. There is an added hump to clear the supercharger on this hood) Rust free trunk lid off the same car the hood came from. On this trunk lid the lock and gas filler has been shaved off. I have the original hood and trunk lids as well. The dash is complete with all gauges including the tachometer and radio. Rims on the car are 17" Mustang Bullet wheels. Tires are fair.

                                                                                                          The removable hard top, the re chromed bumper bullets and the re upholstered seat are almost worth what i'm asking for the whole car. Will not haggle. Not interested in any trades. I don't have under car pics. The car spent some time in Puerto Rico in the 1980's. It was titled as a 55 there and when it came back into the US it was titled here as a 1955. The car is however a 1956 (2nd digit of the vin is a 6 and it HAD a continental kit and has its original porthole top, windshield has the wind wings-drivers side wing is missing. I have a clear WI title for the car. Located in Princeton WI

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                                                                                                            Is someone here who restored a T Bird with standard transmission Problem I...

                                                                                                            Is someone here who restored a T-Bird with standard transmission? Problem I have is that the gear shift lever feels somehow loose and is hooking while shifting. I think parts of the moveable mechanic under it is worn out. Can it be fixed by replacing one or all of the parts #7227 "spring" (1), #7302 "lever" (2), #7378 "gear shift lever support". Which of these parts usually wear out or is there something else? I would like to check before removing the old parts and ordering (pretty expensive) new ones. Thank you!

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                                                                                                              Whether you are in need of a small part like a door handle or you are looking...

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                                                                                                                Photos from Tom Harting's post

                                                                                                                1955 thunder birdCHECK OUT THIS 55 BIRD LOOKING FOR A NEW NEST!!

                                                                                                                This T-Bird cherry red '55 is one of the first ones made of that year; I am the third owner of the car. It enjoyed a enjoyed a complete "off the frame restoration" in 1985. Following the restoration, the car was entered in a nationwide show and was awarded third place !! (After finishing 3rd place in the show, the owner corrected any definiences noted by the judges ) So now the car is correct.The T-Bird now has about 25,000 miles of absolute fun driving since the restoration was completed. This is a hardtop / convertible car ,and are in both in excellent condition.. The interior looks brand new, no tears, no rips, no scratches any where.

                                                                                                                The exterior of the car also remains in excellent condition. All chrome, trim, glass, bumpers,trim show well.

                                                                                                                For your safe and fun crusin I have just installed 4 brand new new radial tires (with one new spare as well) and new hub caps.

                                                                                                                I also have an exact replica red mini T-Bird with a custom make trailer to haul it with the T-Bird. This is probably worth thousands of dollars by itself.

                                                                                                                Since I have owned the car, I have made it drive like a dream by installing power brakes and power steering (with original T-Bird parts).

                                                                                                                This car is in excellent condition and meticulous cared for through out the years and needs nothing.

                                                                                                                Give us a call today to explore how fun and enjoying this car is to own and drive.

                                                                                                                Well I've had a lot fun and enjoyment through out the years with this car but its time to pass it onto some one else enjoy it.

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                                                                                                                  I just received the go ahead on this from Ken Appell from the Carlisle Ford...

                                                                                                                  I just received the go ahead on this from Ken Appell from the Carlisle Ford Nationals.

                                                                                                                  2017 will be the 60th anniversary of the 1957 F-Code Fords and Thunderbirds. To celebrate this, there will be a reunion of these cars at the 2017 Carlisle Ford Nationals including a special indoor display and presentations by racers, owners and crew members.

                                                                                                                  We hope to make this the largest gathering of F -Code passenger cars, Thunderbirds and clones in history.

                                                                                                                  All F-Codes and clones are invited regardless of condition. Anything from a barn find to a perfect restoration will be welcome.

                                                                                                                  If you have an F-Code, or clone, or know someone that does, please PM Richard Stuck so that we can begin to compile a list.

                                                                                                                  This gathering will be awesome!

                                                                                                                  The dates are June 2nd-4th, 2017 load in days would be May 31 and June 1.

                                                                                                                  E code cars are invited too.

                                                                                                                  My Email is Stoweskiing@aol.com

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                                                                                                                    Photos from Keith Ingersoll's post

                                                                                                                    Thanks for the ad - looking for some help/advice regarding trunk sheetmetal for a '57 T-Bird. I need the floor sheetmetal that connects to the filler tube on the side of the car. The previous owner tried to customize the car and remove the tube. I have a replacement but the bottom half has separated from the tube and is fairly rotten. Is it possible to buy this section of floor new? I was of the impression it isn't currently. Or does anyone have one for sale? Of all the things on the car to need...this is the weirdest!

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                                                                                                                      Photos from Tom Harting's post

                                                                                                                      CHECK OUT THIS 55 BIRD $39,900 OR BEST OFFER 937-825-8905

                                                                                                                      DOCTOR OWNED AND WELL MAINTAINED NEEDS NOTHING!!!

                                                                                                                      PLEASE PM ABOUT THIS CAR

                                                                                                                      This T-Bird cherry red '55 is one of the first ones made of that year; I am the third owner of the car. It enjoyed a enjoyed a complete "off the frame restoration" in 1985. Following the restoration, the car was entered in a nationwide show and was awarded third place !! (After finishing 3rd place in the show, the owner corrected any definiences noted by the judges ) So now the car is correct.The T-Bird now has about 25,000 miles of absolute fun driving since the restoration was completed. This is a hardtop / convertible car ,and are in both in excellent condition.. The interior looks brand new, no tears, no rips, no scratches any where.

                                                                                                                      The exterior of the car also remains in excellent condition. All chrome, trim, glass, bumpers,trim show well.

                                                                                                                      For your safe and fun crusin I have just installed 4 brand new new radial tires (with one new spare as well) and new hub caps.

                                                                                                                      I also have an exact replica red mini T-Bird with a custom make trailer to haul it with the T-Bird. This is probably worth thousands of dollars by itself.

                                                                                                                      Since I have owned the car, I have made it drive like a dream by installing power brakes and power steering (with original T-Bird parts).

                                                                                                                      This car is in excellent condition and meticulous cared for through out the years and needs nothing.

                                                                                                                      Give us a call today to explore how fun and enjoying this car is to own and drive.

                                                                                                                      Well I've had a lot fun and enjoyment through out the years with this car but its time to pass it onto some one else enjoy it.

                                                                                                                      You will have to hunt far and wide to find a better 1955 Thunder Bird , than this one !

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                                                                                                                        Photos from Tom Harting's post

                                                                                                                        CHECK OUT THIS 55 BIRD $39,900 OR BEST OFFER 937-825-8905

                                                                                                                        DOCTOR OWNED AND WELL MAINTAINED NEEDS NOTHING!!!

                                                                                                                        This T-Bird cherry red '55 is one of the first ones made of that year; I am the third owner of the car. It enjoyed a enjoyed a complete "off the frame restoration" in 1985. Following the restoration, the car was entered in a nationwide show and was awarded third place !! (After finishing 3rd place in the show, the owner corrected any definiences noted by the judges ) So now the car is correct.The T-Bird now has about 25,000 miles of absolute fun driving since the restoration was completed. This is a hardtop / convertible car ,and are in both in excellent condition.. The interior looks brand new, no tears, no rips, no scratches any where.

                                                                                                                        The exterior of the car also remains in excellent condition. All chrome, trim, glass, bumpers,trim show well.

                                                                                                                        For your safe and fun crusin I have just installed 4 brand new new radial tires (with one new spare as well) and new hub caps.

                                                                                                                        I also have an exact replica red mini T-Bird with a custom make trailer to haul it with the T-Bird. This is probably worth thousands of dollars by itself.

                                                                                                                        Since I have owned the car, I have made it drive like a dream by installing power brakes and power steering (with original T-Bird parts).

                                                                                                                        This car is in excellent condition and meticulous cared for through out the years and needs nothing.

                                                                                                                        Give us a call today to explore how fun and enjoying this car is to own and drive.

                                                                                                                        Well I've had a lot fun and enjoyment through out the years with this car but its time to pass it onto some one else enjoy it.

                                                                                                                        You will have to hunt far and wide to find a better 1955 Thunder Bird , than this one !

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                                                                                                                          I am working on fixing some poorly repaired prior accident damage on my 55...

                                                                                                                          I am working on fixing some poorly repaired prior accident damage on my 55 which has pushed the nose of the car together and to the passenger side somewhat. Can anyone tell me the exact dimension between the headlights center to center? Also the front of the drivers fender seems to be dipping down. Can anyone tell me the dimension from the top of the frame to the bottom of the fender (i realize this distance is not set since the body is mounted to the frame and could have spacers but i need a ballpark to get the car straighter).

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                                                                                                                            Perhaps someone can answer a question for me I am working on a 57 T Bird that...

                                                                                                                            Perhaps someone can answer a question for me. I am working on a 57 T-Bird that I started restoring 30-40 years ago and essentially stored it until now. Early on I had it painted and put in a new firewall pad under the dash. Now I find that on the right side of the steering column (where it passes through the firewall) some type of lump, or distortion in the metal. I am tempted to remove the pad, but that breaks the metal fastening clips. Can someone tell me what this might be before I do something I might regret. Thanks

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                                                                                                                              Hi I would appreciate some assistance from the group While I am between...

                                                                                                                              Hi. I would appreciate some assistance from the group. While I am between Thunderbirds at this time, I am helping a friend with his. Like many 56's, I believe his car had it's continental kit removed at some point and then one was installed during an older restoration. Some years ago I purchased a 56 that did not have a continental kit. I located one and installed it during my restoration. I fabricated the flat sheet metal pieces that come off (attach to) the body of the rear of the car and then extend into the rear bumper on each side of the spare. I didn't have a photo or pattern to work from when I did mine.

                                                                                                                              My friend is going to start going through his 56 and would like to address the continental kit sheet metal issue. I found two pieces at a swap meet (first car show I've been to in fifteen years, loved it) that appear to be for a Thunderbird. They appear to match the contours of the back of the car and have curved inserts where the spare would fit when mounted on the car. I can't be positive as I have never seen the original rear metal on a 56. The seller said they went inside a trunk so he didn't know. I paid $20 for the two pieces, whatever they are.

                                                                                                                              Does anyone have a photo, possibly taken during a restoration, that shows what the back of an unaltered 56 looks like with the rear bumper and continental kit removed? I would appreciate seeing one very much. I am probably going to fabricate the pieces during my friends restoration and would like to be as authentic as possible. If it turns out that my pieces are correct than I can use those as patterns.

                                                                                                                              Thanks very much for reading all this and any help that any of the members can provide.

                                                                                                                              Bob

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                                                                                                                                Dear members welcome to the 55 56 57 Thunderbird group Feel free to post...

                                                                                                                                Dear members, welcome to the 55 56 57 Thunderbird group. Feel free to post pictures of your pride and joy, a question or two, a youtube video or post about the great times of yesteryear and even about the great times that you've had of today. Please refrain from stepping on each other’s toes. We have a strict ""NO ADVERTISING"" (Administration policy) on this page. Items for sale? Yes and No. "Yes": post one picture of some parts and ask members to PM you for details. "NO": Multiple pics from your wrecking yard or private residence is not allowed.

                                                                                                                                Any NON Tbird related posts will be removed without notice and you may be blocked form this group.

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                                                                                                                                  At our shop Premier Custom Paint we ve recently gotten into Dustless Blasting

                                                                                                                                  At our shop, Premier Custom Paint, we've recently gotten into Dustless Blasting (as seen on "My Classic Car") It's a professional rust and paint removal system. After years of chemically stripping, media blasting and soda blasting, we've found what we believe is the very best system. We originally just planned on doing our own work for our restoration business, and so far, we've got 7 or 8 cars under our belt with it, but now we are ready to expand and blast for others.

                                                                                                                                  This system uses Recycled Bottle Glass & Water and there's No Sanding, No Warping, No Dust, No Rust. I can literally blast the middle of a hood with NO warping whatsoever.

                                                                                                                                  For years we would take cars about 5 hours away to be soda blasted, but this system is SO much better than soda blasting, plus It's cleaner than sandblasting. Dustless Blasting removes years of paint, bondo and unlike soda blasting, it will remove rust and just about anything else on the part.

                                                                                                                                  It's great For Stripping: Fenders, Doors, Rear end housing, Car & Truck frames. Complete bodies, Wheels, Sheet metal or Aluminum, you name it!

                                                                                                                                  If anybody in or near South Georgia has a project and would like to have it stripped clean and quick, give me a call at 912-278-1314

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                                                                                                                                    David Zornig shared a link to the group: 55 56 57 Ford Thunderbird Little Early or Baby Birds 1955 1956 1957.

                                                                                                                                    T-Birds have been produced for decades, but the first generation ones are still my favorite. Like many automobiles, the first really were the best. Between 1955 and 1957, the Thunderbird was Ford's sporty offering, but it morphed into more of a luxury car as the Mustang eventually took its place. This particular T-Bird is special because it is claimed to have been in the same ownership since 1978. It has also been parked for 35 years, but luckily it was stored inside in California. The car is dusty, but it appears have a solid body underneath all that grim. The icing on the cake here though is the fact that this is an E-Code car! That means that it has two 4-barrel carburetors sitting on top of the 312 V8 making it the second most powerful engine option available in 1957. In fact, it was more powerful than Chevy's fuel-injected 283! It's going to sell soon though so you'd better ...

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                                                                                                                                      Having a slightly rough ride with my 55 Can anyone tell me what they run for...

                                                                                                                                      Having a slightly rough ride with my 55. Can anyone tell me what they run for tire pressure when using radial tires? The manufacture says to run them at 38PSI but I'm going to lower them to 33PSI to see if that helps. Has anyone used Rare Earth Magnets rather than the spring clips to hold on the imitation wire wheel covers. I've tried putting 5 around the rim of one wheel and they seem to hold the hubcap on very well. The spring clips are a pain and every time I want to check tire pressure at least one falls off! Not good! Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                      Dear friends

                                                                                                                                      Dear friends,

                                                                                                                                      Got a question for you please, it´s about a 56 Tbird with "P" engine I want to buy. Which car has a higher value MANUAL or AUTOMATIC transmisson?

                                                                                                                                      According to portholeauthority about Transmissions. The stock transmission was a 3-speed manual however 90% of the Thunderbirds were outfitted with the automatic. This was touted as a personal luxuary car and most dealers and owners were looking for something easy to drive. The 3-speed manual could be ordered with an overdrive unit which greatly increased the fuel efficiency of this car at higher speeds.

                                                                                                                                      What do you think??

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                                                                                                                                        Pic from 2009 My dad bought this in 1962 and parked it in his garage in 1975...

                                                                                                                                        Pic from 2009. My dad bought this in 1962 and parked it in his garage in 1975 due to a growing family and work. In 2009 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. My father, my brother and I cleared around it and got it out. While my dad was going thru treatment and very sick, my brother and I got it running and driving. So after 34 years of sitting, this was taken the first time my dad got to drive it again. And for the first and only time ever the 3 of us went for a drive. 2011 my dad passed. The car has been covered up and I untouched since.

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                                                                                                                                          Dear members welcome to the 55 56 57 Thunderbird group Feel free to post...

                                                                                                                                          Dear members, welcome to the 55 56 57 Thunderbird group. Feel free to post picture's of your pride and joy, a question or two, a youtube video or post about the great times of yesteryear and even about the great times that you've had of today. Please refrain from stepping on each others toes. We have a strict ""NO ADVERTISING"" (Administration policy) on this page. Items for sale? Yes and No. "Yes": post one picture of some parts and ask members to PM you for details. "NO": Multiple pics from your wrecking yard or private residence is not allowed.

                                                                                                                                          Any NON Tbird related posts will be removed without notice and you may be blocked form this group.

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                                                                                                                                            David Zornig shared a link to the group: 55 56 57 Ford Thunderbird Little Early or Baby Birds 1955 1956 1957.

                                                                                                                                            Whether you’re a fan of the Ford T-Bird, there is no denying that this one is the iconic image we all picture when we think of a barn find. We all have different tastes, so the car we picture might be different, but the overall scene is the same. There is a mountain of junk piled around it, dust everywhere, and just enough light that you can make out the general shape and condition of the car. This Thunderbird has been in the care of the same owner since ’69 and has been parked since 1974, so assume it will need work. It has been repainted once from Coral Sand to its current Gunmetal Grey, which still looks good. The seller doesn’t provide much information, so I would recommend having it inspected closely. If you’ve always wanted a first generation Thunderbird, find this one here on eBay in Buffalo, New York with bidding currently at $13k. So what car do you picture in your dream find?

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                                                                                                                                              Lee Exline shared Jrcentral powered promotional cars's photo to the group: 55 56 57 Ford Thunderbird Little Early or Baby Birds 1955 1956 1957.

                                                                                                                                              Great vintage photo and even better first person account that goes with it.

                                                                                                                                              Attached are two photos from October 1955 of my '55 Thunderbird Jr.

                                                                                                                                              Earlier that year my parents and I attended a food fair at the Hunt Armory in Pittsburgh,Pa. Jack's Cheese Twists had a display with a huge bag of Cheese Twists and a Thunderbird Jr.on an elevated platform at their booth. The closest guess of the total number of cheese twists in the bag would win the T-Bird Jr. My parents estimated the number of individual bags in the huge display bag, bought a regular size and then counted the number of cheese twists and multiplied it by their estimate. They submitted my name with their guess and the winning name was to be announced on radio (believe it was KDKA). I WON!

                                                                                                                                              The excitement from the wait was almost unbearable! My dad rented a U-Haul, hooked it to the rear of the family '41 Ford and brought the Thunderbird Jr. home from Jack's warehouse in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. Once it was home I suddenly became very popular with kids my age in the neighborhood. Word spread to my Kindergarten class at Birdville Elementary School in Natrona Heights, Pa. and my teacher, Mrs. Delp thought it would be nice if the car could somehow be brought to the school to give each classmate a ride in the auditorium. And so my dad borrowed a co-worker's '49 Olds station wagon, wedged the T-Bird in the back and brought it to the school. Like a bigshot I took everyone for a ride one lap around the auditorium demonstrating the lights and horn. The local Valley Daily News was on hand with a photographer and covered it with a short story in the paper.

                                                                                                                                              The somewhat bent black and white photo was taken by the newspaper photographer and the picture taken on the playground was converted from a color slide. Somewhere I have more black and white snapshots of the T-Bird taken at home.

                                                                                                                                              The car originally had a huge Jack's Cheese Twists color decal on the rear decklid, but I believe my dad removed it soon after. Once I grew out of it the car sat for years until someone approached us about buying it for their young son. I wanted money anyway at the time to purchase ham radio equipment, so it went away in about 1965. A lot of great memories and I often wonder what became of it.

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                                                                                                                                                Does anyone have the correct color formula for the 56 thunderbird green color

                                                                                                                                                Does anyone have the correct color formula for the 56 "thunderbird green" color?

                                                                                                                                                I have spoken with a couple people that said if you had 5 in a lineup you may have 3 different shades. I had a paint co. Mix a sample from an original ford code & it looks lighter than most I've seen pictures of plus I have two green 56 birds & they are different shades of green.

                                                                                                                                                Just wondering if anyone out there has a modern formula.

                                                                                                                                                Most of the green 56's I've seen pictures of on here is the color I'm looking for.

                                                                                                                                                Thanks for any help

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                                                                                                                                                  I have a few 56 parts will sell of anyone needs them. 3 speed with overdrive

                                                                                                                                                  I have a few 56 parts will sell of anyone needs them. 3 speed with overdrive (wasn't in the car when it was drag racer, seems to shift fine, transmission only no bell housing, replaced with a t5 5 speed). 56 front brakes complete. Pads and drums very thick, worked fine just replaced with disk so includes backing plates and all. Also a 55 bumper. Was on the back of this 56 in place of its original continental kit. Make what ever you think is a reasonable offer. Or trade. Looking for 56 skirts and a rear end hub to hub.

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                                                                                                                                                    Looking for some advice pulled the engine for a rebuild on my recently...

                                                                                                                                                    Looking for some advice...pulled the engine for a rebuild on my recently purchased '56 and discovered it wasn't a 312 (as the data plate said it should be)...not even a 292 but a 272. Ugh. I can immediately get my hands on a 292 block and get back on track with the rebuild. My local T-bird expert thinks this is the way I should go. For the sake of authenticity, I'd love to put a 312 back in it, but so far haven't been able to find one.

                                                                                                                                                    Should I just get the 292 and get on with it, or hold out for a 312...and if so, does anyone know where I might get a lead on one? I'm in Ohio.

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                      Photos from David Wesche's post

                                                                                                                                                      Hi all! My name is David and thanks for having me in the group! I have a 1957 Bird that has been in my family for over 52 years! My dad bought in in Alabama in 1962 for $2200. We lived out in the country about an hour south of New Orleans. All of us kids learned to drive in the Bird back in the sugarcane fields behind our house when we were about 10 years old. We'd get it stuck in the mud up to the door handles then drag it out with the tractor. My dad passed away in 1976 and it sat for over 20 years in a leaky dirt floor barn. It was pretty much a basket case. During my Air Force career I'd drag it to where ever I was stationed and work on it. My final assignment was to Nellis AFB in Las Vegas where I found a very active Bird club. There was a wealth of knowledge to be had there so I took advantage of it and restored it. When we got the car in '62 it was blue. The data plate color is Inca Gold. When it came time to paint, I got input from the rest of my family and it was decided that since the car would never leave the family, and realizing that it lowered the value, we would keep it blue. I'm very pleased with the color as it seems to be a very believable 50s color. It's a D Bird with power seat, power windows, power steering, and auto transmission. I still have a lot to learn about Birds and I have a question that I was hoping someone in the group might be able to answer. I'd like to take the skirts off and buy a set of chrome Torque Thrust II wheels and tires somewhat on th low profile side. Not the kind that looks like a rubber band wrapped around the wheel but something in between. I know nothing about the size of the wheel I need nor do I understand "offset". I've attached a couple of pics of my little Bird. It's not a show car, but a nice clean driver. Again, thanks for having me in the group!! (I hope I didn't put anyone asleep with my discertation!)

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                                                                                                                                                        Gerard Bartasavich shared a link to the group: 55 56 57 Ford Thunderbird Little Early or Baby Birds 1955 1956 1957.

                                                                                                                                                        The International Thunderbird Club invites you to Save The Date - The 2015 Carlisle Ford Nationals will run June 5-7, 2015 and this time around will celebrate the Thunderbird and the Ford GT. Other great staples of the show return too, including the test drives, downtown Ford parade, Ford Mustang Garage and more. In the coming months, even more 2015 event details, plus great discounts will be made available. You can register right now as well for next year and secure your space on the showfield. Once again, spend your early June days at Carlisle with your car, your friends and the automotive world. There were over 3,000 Fords and over 50,000 guests ant this year’s All Ford Nationals. Let’s make 2015 the year of the Thunderbird

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                                                                                                                                                          Photos from Rick Steiner's post

                                                                                                                                                          Comments about Resto-Mods: I have seen some very poor quality baby bird "stock" restorations, and very good quality resto-mods. While I appreciate the "museum piece" authentic restoration, I'm also attracted to the well-maintained car that is meant to be driven regularly. I also appreciate classy "personal" touches on cars that reveal something about the owner's personality and vision. Most of us wouldn't think twice about someone putting air conditioning in their baby bird, converting their '55 to 12V, or installing front disc brakes. Why then get worked up about an engine swap, unless it is done poorly? CTCI has a "non original" class in concours judging specifically to accommodate resto-mods. There were two cars in that division at last year's western regional had very professional looking engine swaps... one BB Chevy and one 5.0 Ford. Both are exceptionally fine cars, both owners are active club participants. Personally, I love the sound of my Ford y-block (I did "heat it up" a little when I rebuilt it), but I can understand someone choosing to go a different route, and I appreciate the amount of work and creativity that goes into a good engine swap. The more I drive my car, the more I sympathize with wanting a modern transmission to keep the engine under 2K rpm on the freeway! Every car restoration requires clarity of vision, tenacity, skill, and lots of $$ to do well, whether a stocker or a modified. I enjoy them both.

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                                                                                                                                                            Brian Jaquish added 5 photos to January 17, 2014 in 55 56 57 Ford Thunderbird Little Early or Baby Birds 1955 1956 1957.

                                                                                                                                                            Now were talking!!! Sold at Barrett-Jackson for $95,700, includes commission.

                                                                                                                                                            Highly documented, concours frame-off restoration, 1957 Ford D Code Thunderbird, 312/245hp, 4-barrel, rare 3-speed manual with overdrive, power steering, power brakes, Town & Country radio, stainless steel exhaust, stainless steel brake lines, stainless steel vacuum lines, stainless steel fuel lines, Kelsey Hayes wire wheels with radial tires, both tops, plus original factory invoice. Rare Coral Sand exterior, porthole hardtop with white interior and tan soft top. Includes four extra correct painted steel wheels with 7.50x14 bias-ply tires plus five extra painted correct steel wheels with new correct wheel covers. Frame-off rotisserie restoration was completed to CTCI concours restoration manual specifications down to the smallest detail. This 1957 Coral Sand Thunderbird was judged CTCI Gold with 289 points on the CTCI 300 point system. It later received a Peoples' Choice award from Northern Ohio CTCMP chapter. Awards and judge's sheets are included, along with extensive photo documentation of the restoration performed by renowned Thunderbird restorer Carnie Reynolds. Also included is an extensive collection of manuals and ownership history from 1980 to present. Rubber floor mats, soft cover, black/white tote bag and FoMoCo antifreeze and battery tags.

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                                                                                                                                                              John Georgantis shared a link to the group: 55 56 57 Ford Thunderbird Little Early or Baby Birds 1955 1956 1957.

                                                                                                                                                              Lost Star Cars: Marilyn Monroe's Cars--Where are They Now?

                                                                                                                                                              Ford Thunderbird Cars: This was the mid fifties when Marilyn was in transition. She moved to the East Coast to New York City during her standoff with 20th Century Fox Studios. While studying Method Acting with Lee Strasberg, Monroe hired Milton Greene as her new manager and business partner to run a production company for the purpose of making films to feature Marilyn in more serious, developed roles. It has been said that Milton Greene bought a Thunderbird for Marilyn's use. I've also read that Marilyn gave Milton Greene her 1955 T bird. Interesting, but I have no proof of this car existing. I have not found a picture yet of Milton's Thunderbird. Milton was a photographer who went into debt trying to establish Marilyn Monroe as a serious actress with a production company. He'd borrowed against his house to finance the operation. Milton's car was a station wagon. I do not believe there was a Milton Greene-Marilyn Monroe T bird. The only pictures I have seen of Marilyn in a Thunderbird is Arthur Miller's.

                                                                                                                                                              When Marilyn was dating Arthur Miller, he owned a black Thunderbird. His was a 1956 model. Plenty of photos exist with Marilyn and Miller in the car together. Miller's car had the Continental Tire kit, Town &Country push button radio and a black dash with the Thunderbird crest in the center. Miller's licence plate was 2G 9364 on the back. On the front, he had a shorter one in lighter colors with A 4519 and a letter G boxed.Yet one more Tbird allegedly was owned by MM; a coral pink 1955 on the West Coast. Tracking down these cars have been frustrating to say the least. To date, all I can state for certain is the Coral Pink T bird is nowhere to be found and Arthur Miller's black T bird is also missing.

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                                                                                                                                                                Ok folks this little bird is for sale. I have mixed emotions about selling

                                                                                                                                                                Ok folks, this little bird is for sale! I have mixed emotions about selling. It's a 20 footer and a driver but could use restoration. Only selling because I have it's twin(1 owner) in my garage and want to focus specifically on it.

                                                                                                                                                                Thought I'd post it here first for the true bird enthusiast. If interested, pm me and I'll try to contact you. Not going to give it away, I don't have to sell it, but know as long as I'm driving it, the other car won't get my attention. If no interest, then I'll advertise by other means. I'm in South Carolina.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Photos from Steve Maris's post

                                                                                                                                                                  Started tearing into the 55 I found about a year ago, 4 wheel disc kit on the way and plan on adding rack and pinion steering, other than that I'll keep it fairly stock, anybody used Flaming River or Unisteer R&P? still in the research phase of that. Car has 60,000 miles, body has been banged around a bit, but is nice and solid, was torn down in the mid 70's with most resto parts coming with the car, I have a complete Continental Kit and 5 Kelsey Hayes wheels that I won't be using...so if anybody is looking...lemme know. Will try to keep posting progress pics.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Hello everyone I m looking for a little help I have a 55 Bird that has been in...

                                                                                                                                                                    Hello everyone, I'm looking for a little help. I have a 55 Bird that has been in my family since 1957. I'm trying to decide if I want to keep her and fix her up or sell her to someone that will drive her and love her. I need to know the cost of fixing her up, she runs, but the battery is dead from sitting in my garage..all original, and in good shape! Anyone know where in Northern California I can get an estimate to restore her? Also, if I want to sell her, how do I know how much? She was appraised for $41,500.00 in 2007. Thanks for any help!

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                                                                                                                                                                      Sherry Gililland shared a link to the group: 55 56 57 Ford Thunderbird Little Early or Baby Birds 1955 1956 1957.

                                                                                                                                                                      My daughter ( Sunny Schmidt) is organizing this car show along with Steven Minard of Mid-Atlantic Modern Mopars. It looks like it is going to be lots of fun and they are expecting a big turn out. All makes and Models are welcome.......sure would be nice to see the Thunderbirds represented ! It is being held at The Buffalo Wild Wings in Dover, DE. All proceeds from the car show, plus 10% of all proceeds from BWW for the ENTIRE day will go to The Multiple Sclerosis Society. Bring your cars out and have fun for a good cause!!! Thanks!!

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                                                                                                                                                                        Gerard Bartasavich shared a link to the group: 55 56 57 Ford Thunderbird Little Early or Baby Birds 1955 1956 1957.

                                                                                                                                                                        For anyone looking to sell or purchase a T-bird. Cars.com is a very good source. There are about 800 T-birds currently listed. You can also join ITC FB page. (International Thunderbird Club) members are always buying and selling T-birds. We actually have one member that owns over 300 T-birds. http://www.cars.com/for-sale/searchresults.action? stkTyp=U&tracktype=usedcc&mkId=20015&AmbMkId=20015 &AmbMkNm=Ford&make=Ford&AmbMdNm=Thunderbird&model= Thunderbird&mdId=22263&AmbMdId=22263&rd=100000&zc= 44124&searchSource=QUICK_FORM&enableSeo=1

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                                                                                                                                                                          The baby birds of 55 57 did not offer enough room for an adult to run them but...

                                                                                                                                                                          The baby birds of 55-57 did not offer enough room for an adult to run them but that doesn't mean they didn't try. As the Tbird grew so did the JRs and adult models were offered in later years. Sadly because of their cost not a lot were produced to begin with and juvenile drivers brought some to a sad end. Because they are so large once they quit running they were often tossed. Of the baby birds only the 1957 Body mold is still known to exist and I own it. I also makes lots of other restoration parts for them. Junior cars have been mostly forgotten and are an important part of the marketing history that I am trying to re-introduce into the story that is Thunderbird.

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                                                                                                                                                                            This photo best sums up the intended purpose of Tbird juniors Salesmen will...

                                                                                                                                                                            This photo best sums up the intended purpose of Tbird juniors. Salesmen will tell you the hardest part of selling a car is to get the customer in the dealership. Thunderbird JRs used the kids to pull the parents into the dealership. By offering test drives and drawings the kids would drag in their parents and subject them to the salesmen who would try to get mom and dad to take a car for a spin too. Each family would fill out a card for the drawing that would leave one kid with the grand prize, lots of others with minor prizes and a whole lot of names of parents for the salesmen to contact for years to come.

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                                                                                                                                                                              I have seen a few people bringing up Thunderbird JR cars on this page so I...

                                                                                                                                                                              I have seen a few people bringing up Thunderbird JR cars on this page so I figured I had better join in and provide some more information. I have been gathering information about Junior cars for about 25 years now and have a website and a Facebook page about them now To start with I present the Thunderbird that drove through the Whitehouse. That is Mamie Eisenhower with the Grand kids with an electric powered 57 Thunderbird JR. David (as in Camp David) is at the wheel. One of the girls wrote in her memoirs how they would drive it through the halls and honk for attendants to open the doors for them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                International Thunderbird Club member John Stephenson is selling his T bird

                                                                                                                                                                                International Thunderbird Club member John Stephenson, is selling his T-bird. 1956 Thunderbird: Excellent condition, engine overhauled in 2008. Paint color: White, New old stock interior. Interior color: White and Turquoise, Two tops with all new rubber seals. Wide white radials, chrome wire wheels. Additional features include: Vintage Air Conditioning, alternator, electric wipers, Holly 4bbl carburetor and upgraded radio. All original parts removed have been kept if buyer wishes to return car to original. Parts include steel wheels with hub caps, fender skirts, generator and brackets, tea pot carb and air cleaner, original heater and controls and original radio. $39,500, Phone: 574-277-3977 Cell: 574-210-8393, Email: john@stephensonmarketing.com, Located in Indiana

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