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10-28-2011, 11:15 PM
Thought I would start a build thread on one of my projects. I am a couple of yrs in to the project already but as I recently joined the forum, thought I would share. Here's the 'cliff notes' version from the start.
Wasn't really looking for another project, already had 2 others but looking through the collector car trader a couple of yrs ago I came across a 66 T-Bird loaded and a "Q" code for less than others listed. I watched the ads for about 6 weeks, the price dropping a little each week. Finally told (read as "asked") the wife if I could call on it and see why it's still listed. I'm in LA car was up in Nor-Cal. He had a lot of calls but 500
+ miles was a long way to go to look at a car. After looking at pictures he sent me, we struck a pending deal over the phone for an even lower price. He was an Estate Sales Jewelry guy and got this car in a sale. He just wanted to turn it. Deal was struck, drove it on the trailer and brought it home. The day it came home.

10-28-2011, 11:24 PM
The car was owned by an older couple up in Nor-Cal and was in great shape. Pwr windows/vents/seat, reclining pass. seat, remote truck release, A/C, cruise and 4 speaker 'stereo'. White with the aqua interior was not my first choice but as this was/is not going to be a concours resto I was more concerned with it being a solid car. No rust or big body damage. I am taking this to a resto mod design but will be able to turn it back to original if I decide to later. I already have a concours resto car so this will have some uumph to it especially with the 428. Here's how the interior and engine looked.

10-28-2011, 11:28 PM
White was too plain jane for me so we took it down to a shell so we could add color in all the nooks and crannies. Here it is getting ready to go in to the shop.

10-28-2011, 11:31 PM
Tearing it apart creates a pile of parts....

10-29-2011, 12:04 AM
Hi Dan! Thanks for posting the pix and the commentary! She was already one pretty looking Flairbird when you got her! I am sure the guys and gals will be interested in seeing and hearing more regarding the work you have and are doing on her. I love the '66's.. I think the Flairbird really has style and beauty!

Richard D. Hord
10-29-2011, 06:57 AM
Hey Dan,
What a awesome Thunderbird! Keep us posted!
Richard D. Hord

10-29-2011, 08:36 PM
Yep, looks like you got everything bagged and tagged properly. That will save you a lot of time when you reassemble.

Your car will look better than new when you're done. - Dave

10-31-2011, 01:21 PM
Yes I have done a number of vehicles of the years and learned to take a whole lot of pictures all the way through the tear down process and bag and label each bag of parts. It makes putting the car back together much easier 2-3 years later when we get to that point. I have some plastic sheet covers that I print out pictures of certain areas I am working on and put the pictures in them then my greasy fingers don't mess the pics up. I am just finishing up the insulating of the interior. I'm using a product similar to Dynamat but more affordable. Under the headliner, and front seat area is done. Need to do under the rear seat area and inside the doors next. Pics of that to follow.

Jimz Bird
11-01-2011, 04:07 AM
similar to Dynamat but more affordable.

One of my projects will be to do my interior and probably trunk.

What are you using? There is a bunch of stuff out there that I have been looking at.

Here is one of them:

http://secondskinaudio.com/ This stuff is reviewed well and not asphalt.

A lot of them are just roofing insulation that you could get at Lowe's or Home Depot.


11-01-2011, 05:20 AM
I think Dyna Mat is out of reach too. I always get back to the same question: What does the factory use...
After the Body Shop, it goes to Paint. They etch all the weld flash and crap off with phosphoric acid in a process they call, Bonderite (which gives paint a surface to stick to). Then they Electrocote and bake.

The Sealer Deck is next, and this is the part where all seams and voids get plugged with a special vinyl that bloats in the oven, but paint sticks to it and it never hardens.

Truck bed liner is very similar. It can be sprayed or brushed-on, it's rubberized, paintable, and it keeps moisture away. Perfect for floorboards that tend to trap water under those 'tar mats'. Everyone sells spray cans of this stuff for about US$5. I like it because it isn't tar, and a wire brush removes it. Dyna Mat pads have their place but I prefer not to use it. -my 2 cents. - Dave

11-01-2011, 02:58 PM
Here is the stuff I am using. This is the first vehicle I have tried this stuff on. Always wanted to use the dynamat but the price was too much for me. Found this and so far have been very pleased.


02-23-2012, 11:44 AM
Wow how time gets away. It's been awhile since I have worked on the car. Life just got in the way.

I have the rear seat area cleared, got some more of the sound mat and will be getting it in place this week. I will get some pics up as soon as I can. I have also been working out ideas and details on both the interior and trunk layout with a stereo design. I want to keep the stock radio in the dash and have it functional but then also have a hidden system so I can 'enjoy' music too. :)

02-29-2012, 12:27 PM
Got some more sound deadener applied and took some pics of the progress.

02-29-2012, 12:38 PM
I have seen a few questions asked about tire sizes and biggest that will fit. Here's what I'm running and they fit perfect without the skirts. I had to shave a small spot on one of the skirts to get them up under the skirt and not rub when the car 'tweaks' going up a curb.

02-29-2012, 12:48 PM
The wheels are 18x9 in the rear and 17x8 in the front. I'll have to get the tires sizes later as I am working hard right now at work, as you guys can tell. :D

02-29-2012, 12:51 PM
Knew I had it posted somewhere on here. The tires are, front 245 45ZR17's on 17x8" wheels and rear 275 40ZR18's on 18x9" wheels.

02-29-2012, 02:54 PM
Im not much of a supporter of new wheels on old cars, but this baby is GREAT! :cool: Beutiful color also. :) 10 out of 10!

02-29-2012, 03:39 PM
Anders, Thanks. They are an aftermarket repop of the early cobra wheels. I just selected them all chrome, but they do come in the gunmetal grey like the originals. Wanting the resto-mod look using 'ford like' items so it doesn't venture to far off the path. The color is a 66 factory color option, medium turquoise metallic.

Dakota Boy
02-29-2012, 09:51 PM
your car looks awesome, dude.

07-27-2012, 06:33 PM
Finally a couple of pics and an update! Wife and I have spent the last few months becoming foster parents and that set my projects back awhile but I am hoping to get this back on the road before the end of summer.
Anyway, I have the front end torn down and have a few of the parts from one side stripped down, cleaned and painted. Now need to get the other items cleaned/painted and the control arms to the sand blaster so I can get them painted. Last will be me taking time to strip the frame area, and detail all of the wheel well area. I have a new front end rebuild kit, the lowered springs and new brake lines etc to get it back together. After way to much thought I have decided on a satin black frame and control arms, charcoal grey backing plates, strut rods, springs and other misc pieces. Gloss black shocks and chrome sway bar. The hardware will all be zinc plated and the metal brake and fuel lines will all be bright stainless. I go a little too far with the detailing, as I'm told but I want it clean and parts to stand out. Nothing real bright and flashy but clean, detailed and driveable. Here are a couple of pics. My starting point, a few of the parts cleaned and painted, what the hardware looks like before the zinc plating. I try to use as many of the original items as possible, so I take each bolt/part and wire wheel them down to bare metal and then they either get painted/plated or left bare. Sorry for the long gaps in the build and more to follow as I get time.

07-27-2012, 11:25 PM
Dan, family always comes first... always. Raising biological children is very hard. Fostering children makes you and your wife, true saints. I wish your family all God's blessings.

I love the close attention to fine detail you are doing on your Thunderbird. When it's done, your work will really pay off.

Nice job. - Dave

08-14-2012, 12:15 PM
The work continues, actually I think it never ends.... I am picking up the sway bar this week and have 2 control arms left to strip and paint then all of the parts are done and ready to go back on the car. This weekend I will start on the frame, hard lines and mounting brackets in the wheel well area. It's been 105+ everyday for the past 2 weeks so its a little tough to get out there and not sweat all over! A couple more pics. a before/after of a backing plate, now/old springs and the "puzzle" pieces for 1 side, before they get cleaned.