View Full Version : Debra's '60 Tbird Pix

05-01-2012, 06:54 PM
Here are a couple of pix that Debra, in Colorado, sent me of her '60 Tbird with a Turquoise interior. The interior picture was taken before she had the dashpad replaced. Yes, it looks like it is leather. Here is a pic that Deb just sent me showing what the dashpad looks like after it was replaced.

Dakota Boy
05-01-2012, 07:05 PM
looks like it has the leather option... since the seats and door panels are only one color.

05-01-2012, 08:36 PM
Thanks for all your great information. It's been very helpful!

Richard D. Hord
05-02-2012, 08:10 AM
Hey Debra,
Looks like she's a keeper ;)
Richard D. Hord

05-02-2012, 11:12 AM
Thanks, I sure enjoy driving her. Looks a lot like Christine except the interior. I wanted to name her, trying to decide on a good name, but my hubby thinks its silly. :p

I was thinking Lucille, Peggy Sue, or my daughter likes Norma Jean. Lol.

05-02-2012, 11:46 AM
Car looks nice, thanks for saring the pics with us.

Looks like the original '60 interior too, less that nice looking new dash pad. :)

I hope you figure those guages out...

-Jon in TX.

05-02-2012, 12:44 PM
Glad to help, Debra and I hope you get the gauges figured out. The fact that they worked before they did the dash indicates to me that they might have not re-installed the gauges correctly. If you have more difficulties with the gauges or need more help, post in the 1958-1960 Squarebirds Forum where I put the information.

As for a name, sure, she deserves a name! Call her what YOU want to name her.

05-02-2012, 04:14 PM
Well I am going to take her back to the upholster and let him take a shot at making it right - along with your excellent instructions. I had printed out the dash replacement instructions for them when I originally took it in, and they said how helpful those were. They were not so happy with the wiper motor instructions on the other hand (electric replacement). They put that in for me too while the dash was out. So I'm picking up new shocks today and that is the next project for me. Maybe we can tackle that this Saturday. :)

05-02-2012, 04:49 PM
I am glad the dashpad instructions were a big help to them. Regarding the electric windshield wiper install, we had no problem with doing mine. When installing the wiper motor switch in the same place as the original they must make sure to leave a gap behind the white toggle switch to the dash, as the two speed wiper switch rotates in and out as you turn it, unlike the original one. Not doing this can make you think the switch is broken. Also, don't put the knob on the new wiper shaft, snug up to the chrome bezel or you will not be able to turn it. It is a two speed setting and as you turn the knob to the right the shaft needs to go in and out, like on a groove. So if you put the knob too close to the chrome dash bezel the knob will not turn or move.

If you have any additional problems or need help with the gauges, or other parts of your Tbird, please post up in the 1958-1960 Squarebirds Forum in the post that I created for you there. This way, we can put the technical stuff up there, and leave this thread for future pictures. Let us know up there how you come out with the gauges and what they did to fix the problem.

Richard D. Hord
05-03-2012, 08:40 AM
Hey Debra,
Yep "Christine" :eek: (if you have not seen the movie, you need to do so! Not a Thunderbird but still is a awesome movie) Some have heard the story, but here we go again:D
We went to pick her up and she had a manifold leak and sounded just like "Christine" the movie car when she came to shop after her night excursion and was burnt!
My wife hates "Christine" and "Christine" knows it! We have had several occasions where if "Christine" knows wife is going with me, she will stall, die or not even start:eek: I know this sounds crazy, but if "Christine" and I are together she has never let me down. She also has an attitude! If I'm tinkering with her and get mad, I have trouble getting her started. Any other time I have no problems!
I have never seen a women and a car so jealous of a man's attention in my life! They gotta realize, I love them both and have plenty of love to share;)
Richard D. Hord

05-03-2012, 09:45 AM
...They gotta realize, I love them both and have plenty of love to share;)
Richard D. HordRichard, how can there be so much love in one man for so many? - Dave

05-03-2012, 10:37 AM

Lol. Yes I have seen the movie, a long time ago, but I remember. That is awesome! I end up driving by myself quite a bit, but not because of the car. My hubby works and I don't right now. My daughter loves to ride with me when she comes around. I had my engine rebuilt last spring, so it runs great. I have matching numbers on the 352 engine and car. The old shocks definitely bounce more when i have passengers, but hope to get that done soon. Bought them yesterday. My hubby is convinced I can install them myself, so we will see. Lol. My dad owned the bird for about 15 years, then gave it to me. I drove it in a parade years ago and fell in love with it. It sat in our garage for about 5 yrs. before I had the $$ to redo stuff. My boys did the brakes. The transmission was shot, so did that last spring as well. It's my favorite thing to drive around and listen to tunes on the old AM radio! ;)

05-23-2012, 06:17 PM
Here is a pic of Deb's other ride, her 1930 Model A and what she has to say about it.

"This model A belonged to my dad. When he died he had four. He had already given me the Thunderbird five years before that. It had a ground up restoration before he bought it. It runs as great as it looks. It is in original condition, no modern conveniences. This photo has me in the passenger seat, daughter in back, and my son driving! It's a beautiful car but I still enjoy driving my bird the best!! Deb"

Here is the pic!

05-24-2012, 11:14 AM
Looks like our Dad's were "car" related. I can remember helping my Dad restore his '30 A very similar to yours. Pretty sure ours was a 4 door Murray body - at the time no one was making the interior wood but the patterns were available - what fun we had cutting that wood out. Ours had the trunk on the back, dual side mounts, and tail lights, heater etc - a highly optioned A for it's time. Too bad we sold it though - actually traded it for a coupe which we never liked as much.

Now I have my Dad's Tbird also! (he bought it new)

Nice looking cars !!!!

You'll have to post your vin and see how close our cars are in production time. Mine was built Aug 25 0Y71Y186576. This is the build sheet found in the springs on the upper portion of the back seat.

Our cars just might be twins!


registry 5347

05-25-2012, 07:15 PM
You are right, sounds like they had the same interests. My VN 0Y7Y190173. I think our model 63A is the same, color the same, tranny, etc. my trim is 87 to your 56. Mine is turquoise leather interior, all one color. What is yours? I don't have that tag out of the seat. Looks like our numbers are about 4000 apart though. I think that makes mine after yours, 02N.

The A is a four door Murray. The inside was redone in the original style with the wool type upholstery. It's very nice, kind of a dark green moss color. Did yours have wooden wheels? I wish I did have the trunk on the back, I like that look! ;)

05-25-2012, 10:04 PM
The car actually "found" my Mom. She was working at a Credit Union and a fellow had brought the car in to meet the dealer and work out financing. He wasn't able to qualify. My Mom had spotted the car in the lot and stopped the dealer on the way out to ask about it - long story short she told him there wouldn't be any need for him to take the car back to the lot.

Black and white interior but I really like your turquoise leather.

The Model A was Chicle Drab and Copra Drab with Tacoma Creme wheels (steel wire wheels just like yours). We too had the sort of tan Mohair interior.
That was in the days before digital cameras and I haven't scanned all the pics to digital format - but I sure need to.
Here's one very similar (no trunk or dual tail lights on this one though). We didn't have wide whitewalls either - kinda wish we had looking at this one.


05-25-2012, 10:34 PM
I see your code meant the black and white leather. I like that look. Especially with red paint! Sounds like the A was very similar just fancier. It's nice that the tbird has always been in your family. Is that the original dash on yours? The guys never really liked the turquoise but I have always loved it! I think it's growing on them after I refused to change it. :D

05-26-2012, 11:21 AM
Thanks - I can remember family trips to Fla and then the everyday stuff from the back seat when I was a kid. Now I love driving it. Since it's been in the family so long everything about the car has a story - sorry - but I wouldn't have it any other way.

The dash is a Ford replacement done at the dealer in about 1977. My Dad tried to trade the car in the gas crunch of the 70's but he always said all the dealers wanted him to pay them to take the car. One of his friends who worked at a Ford dealer needed work so my Dad decided to let him do the work. Had it painted and replaced the front seat covers then too - still have the originals but they are a little worn. My Dad would tell me he figured he could get a bunch of gas for what it was going to cost to trade and by then the crunch would be over. He just kept driving it - boy am I glad.

Yea - the turquoise is a but more "feminine" and if I were picking a car today - doubt I would pick turquoise.

This is some info that came with my car when it was new. You can tell everyone the interior wasn't just a color choice but was "artfully blended to create your serene Thunderbird living space" - that ought to shut them up.:D




05-26-2012, 10:29 PM
That's a pretty cool article Eric. :cool:

Thanks for sharing those pages with us...

05-26-2012, 10:56 PM
There really is something to be said about how cars were made and marketed back then. They were proclaiming the Thunderbird to be a classic when it was still new. Automakers nowadays seem to only boast about fuel economy and the price tag. I guess thatís all the average consumer really cares about today.

05-26-2012, 11:32 PM
Those old ads are pretty great! I have bought so many old Time magazines to try and find ads on the tbird! I have a bunch of different car ads now, but not a tbird. I finally gave up and bought one from Mac Auto. :p

Well I don't really think of the turquoise as feminine, but definitely retro. I shined up the bird today for a Monday show, then while cruising Main St. a car next to me had folks commenting how cool the car was, but they didn't know about the turquoise. :p I didn't think too much of their (Chevy) van either though. :D lol.

05-28-2012, 07:00 PM
Just got home from a local Memorial Day car show. The Thunderbirds were represented. My 60, two baby birds and a 63. The one baby bird from our car club got a People's Choice award.
I had fun! Beautiful day here in the Rockies. One guy said my car is his wife's dream car. She got a picture in mine and was very happy. That's what it's all about!! :)

05-28-2012, 07:57 PM
Hi Deb, first of all let me comment about turquoise! When I was looking for my '59 Squarebird, I was looking for an Indian Turquoise body and Colonial White top, because Faye liked turquoise and so do I. I could not find one available at the time I was looking. About four months after I bought Rose, I did. :rolleyes: To late now. So I found Rose in Casino Cream with a white top and changed her to the color you see today in tribute to Faye because she loved bright yellow roses, and Tweety Bird.

I am glad that you enjoyed the car show, and perhaps helped someone along the way towards fulfilling their dream! Congratulations to the owner of the Babybird that got the award. I decided not to go to the Memorial Day car show today for several reasons. One of them is the heat, as it was to be in the high 90's today. The other is that I am still recovering from the "Great Flood" I experienced when the waterbed bladder broke weeks ago and flooded my master bedroom. After getting a new pad and carpet down last week, today, I got my waterbed frame totally together, and have put the dresser, night tables, and stuff back on the headboard and the drawers back in the dresser and under the waterbed. I did a lot of polishing of wood on that waterbed and dresser and drawers. In a few more days, a new insert California Queen pillow top mattress will be here to put in that frame. No more waterbed bladders for me! I gots to get my house back in order before Bill ~ Penelope and his wife Deb, from Perth, Australia show up here in the next couple of weeks for a few days visit! He is looking forward to driving Rose! I am getting there!

05-28-2012, 08:53 PM

Sorry about the flood! :eek: I haven't had a waterbed for a long time, but still remember that issue. Sorry you had to deal with it.

I love that turquoise bird picture! :D I would definitely like to have it too! Yes, the black one from our club is nice with the continental kit. The 63 today was aquamarine I think. The other baby bird was yellow with a tan leather interior. If I had taken photo's if them I would post. I figure my family is getting tired of looking at my car photos, so I tried to cut back. :p. Then I'm sorry I didn't get a picture. Lol. Deb

Yes, I liked giving that lady a picture in her dream car! Have a good time with your company. We also have company coming this week.