This Thunderbird has just undergone a bumper to bumper going over by a retired Ford mechanic. He changed the rear end seal, transmission pan seal, oil pan seal and the power steering seal. He also changed the gas tank, sending unit, gauge, gas line and filter. He performed a tune-up. He replaced the brake line and the brakes have been replaced on all four corners. He performed a compression test with the following results: 1-120 psi; 2-130 psi; 3-130 psi; 4-130 psi; 5-125 psi; 6-135 psi; 7-150 psi and 8-150 psi. New tail light buckets on both sides. New right rear "Q" bumper piece due to a smaller than pea sized rust hole in it. Speedometer cable and gear have been changed.
Both inner tie rods have been changed. Thermostat has been changed. Both exhaust donuts have been changed and the passenger side exhaust manifold gasket.
The car has a RARE #77 turquoise pleated cloth and vinyl interior. Most of the 1963 Thunderbirds have all vinyl interiors. The correct new interior has just been completed in November by an installer who had a car in the GoodGuys top 5. The correct turq. cloth; new correct turq. vinyl and new silver welting were used and purchased from SMS. Also the foam pads for the front bucket seats, front seat belts with anchors, new carpet from ACC and under carpet padding/silencing materials were installed. The photos are of the OLD INTERIOR. Other miscellaneous items included are: gold spray paint to repaint the air cleaner, under hood sticker set and battery tie down kit.
I have a binder with a lot of documentation which includes: original window sticker, original owner's manual, new owner's manual, registration cards from each of the owners (1965, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 75 and my two) I have various other South Dakota inspection cards as well. I am the 4th owner from all that I could find. I have the receipts for the about $4000 of materials I have put into the car in the last year and a half.
I am selling the car due to my disability and recent surgeries in December 2013 and February 2014 have made it such that I cannot do any work on the car myself.
Car is being sold because owner lost its indoor storage spot
This is the sixth vehicle in the 30-day Countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s 47th annual Scottsdale auction.
The “square-bird” four-seater models that replaced Ford’s iconic Thunderbird roadsters are considered the original “personal luxury” cars.
Barrett-Jackson auctioned off in Scottsdale the impeccable silver-gray 1956 Ford Thunderbird that the legendary Frank Sinatra drove around Palm Springs, California, when he was not off with the rest of the Rat Pack.
Strikingly elegant was the thought that popped to mind when this triple black 1966 Ford Thunderbird appeared as I clicked through candidates for Pick of the Day.
The first-generation two-seat Ford Thunderbird is always a favorite among classic and collector car owners, which sometimes leaves the second generation largely overlooked.
The Ford Thunderbird has gone through many iterations during its design and market focus.
After a visit to Europe in the early 1950s, Henry Ford II decided he wanted to build a two-seat, convertible sports car for the American public.
After Ford reinvented the Thunderbird as a four-seat luxury car for 1958, some still pined for the trim, exclusive, two-seat sports car that Thunderbird was when introduced in 1955.