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  • My "Norwegian" 58 bird

    Hi,

    Here is my "Norwegian" 58 T-bird.
    I bought the car May this year. The car is in rather god shape.
    I do not know the cars whole history, but I know that the car was imported to Norway in 1989 by a car painter. He repainted the car the same year and the car still got this paint witch still looks very good. He also did a job on the engine, transmission and the undercarriage. The car runs well and is very stable on the road. At the inside the car have bad carpets (unoriginal home made), door panels are mediocre, the seats and dash are not bad, both are probably changed some years ago.
    On the minus side: Water leak caused by plugged cowl drain have caused rust in the right hand side floor and have to be replaced (priority one). There is also some rust to fix in small areas in the trunk floor, a small leakage in the radiator, and some other minor problems witch will hopefully be fixed during the winter.

    I've attached a few pictures where two was taken when driving a new married couple this summer.

    Gunnar
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    Gunnar S - 58 Thunderbird
    http://squarebirds.org/users/gunnar/...bird/index.htm
    http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=5569

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    My "Norwegian" 58 bird

    Hi Gunnar, and thank you for posting your pix of your '58 Tbid! She is a beauty. Good luck on fixing the things that need to be repaired on her. The guys on the Squarebirds Forum might be able to give you some good advice on those projects.

    Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
    '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
    "It's Hip To Be Square"
    Thunderbird Registry #33025 VTCI #11178

    Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or (Cell) 210-875-1411 (Home) 210-674-5781

    http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

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    • #3
      Very nice looking Bird Gunnar, hope the things that need to be fixed won't run you into a lot of $$$$$$$s. I like the red ribbon as it stands out from the Bird being white, especially on the door handles.


      Chris....From OZ.

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      • #4
        Very nice!
        Richard D. Hord
        sigpic'60 Thunderbird "Christine"
        Registry #33436

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        • #5
          Nice car! It's gotta be a rare thing to see in Norway, that's for sure.

          Looks like you have a reproduction dash pad in your car already.

          If you remove the front inner fender pieces (behind the front wheels), you can cut open a hole in that cowl panel area with a Sawz-All and scoop out all the crud. You'll be amazed what's in there after 50 years.

          I have a post in Our Rides called "my '58" that shows some pics of this adventure....
          Last edited by Dakota Boy; December 13th, 2011, 09:57 PM.
          http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...ryNumber=33517

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          • #6
            Thanks all, it's a rather rare car in Norway but there exist a few here..

            I looked at your pictures Dacota Boy, it looks familiar. I used a small mirror and looked into the cowl drain hole. I removed the cover in front of the wind screen and used a vacuum cleaner with a thin tube from the top to remove the dirt. I will try to take some pictures soon.

            Yes, the dash pad is new, It's done by a former owner.
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            Gunnar S - 58 Thunderbird
            http://squarebirds.org/users/gunnar/...bird/index.htm
            http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=5569

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            • #7
              Well then, you've proved you are several times smarter than me!
              You did it the smart way....

              I took the "cave-man" approach and cut a big hole with a power tool! Oh well. Nobody will ever see it. At least not in MY lifetime....
              http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...ryNumber=33517

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              • #8
                Well, I think what you did is also smart. If it has started to rust, it's much easier to do something to stop the rust if you make an inspection opening as you did. I'm thinking about doing the same myself. I can make a removable cover and fasten it with screws for later inspections. And as you said, nobody will ever notice. I have to think a bit first :-)
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                Gunnar S - 58 Thunderbird
                http://squarebirds.org/users/gunnar/...bird/index.htm
                http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=5569

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                • #9
                  Winter project

                  This is my next project on my bird, removing rust from the floor pans. It's specially bad on the passenger front side after the water leak from the cowl drain. I have to weld in a new sheet metal here. I also have to stop the water leak. You can see the reason on the third picture, the rust protection have l loosened in bottom of the water drain in front of the wind screen and felt down and plugged the drain
                  Attached Files
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                  Gunnar S - 58 Thunderbird
                  http://squarebirds.org/users/gunnar/...bird/index.htm
                  http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=5569

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                  • #10
                    Winter project continues...

                    The cutting and grinding is almost finished. Hope to do the welding first coming weekend
                    Attached Files
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                    Gunnar S - 58 Thunderbird
                    http://squarebirds.org/users/gunnar/...bird/index.htm
                    http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=5569

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                    • #11
                      The "Flintstone engine opening" is gone and welded. A little more grinding on the drivers side and I'm ready for priming.
                      Attached Files
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                      Gunnar S - 58 Thunderbird
                      http://squarebirds.org/users/gunnar/...bird/index.htm
                      http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=5569

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                      • #12
                        Way to go Gunner.

                        Good work saving the ol gal...


                        -Jon in TX.
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                        The 1960 Ford Thunderbird. The WORLD'S most wanted car....

                        VTCI Member#6287.

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                        • #13
                          NEW STEEL! I love a good restoration. This floor will be good for another 50 years. Nice work.

                          Suggestion: 'Truck Bed Liner' spray is rubberized, paintable, and works better than undercoat. Consider applying a can or two before installing your carpet. - Dave
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                          --Lee Iacocca

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                          • #14
                            Thanks both:-)

                            Dave, I looked after this 'Truck Bed Liner' spray on the internet but unfortunately nobody sells this in Norway and it's not legal to send spray boxes by plane. But I know some "local" products available here in Norway that use to work well. Hope to do some more this weekend. Have also received my new soldered radiator from the repair shop this week.
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                            Gunnar S - 58 Thunderbird
                            http://squarebirds.org/users/gunnar/...bird/index.htm
                            http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=5569

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                            • #15
                              Gunnar I have been following the posts on your project and you are going about it the right way Will last as Dave says for another 50 years.. Great work
                              Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
                              Thunderbird Registry
                              58HT #33317
                              60 HT (Sold )

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