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  • My custom 59

    Thought I would share a few pictures of my 59 Thunderbird. Somehow I managed to find a rust free car on the middle of Iowa only to find out the rear quarters had been smashed and artistically repaired with thick Bondo. So far all the body repairs are done and paint is about 90 percent completed. This is an original 430 car and a rebuilt one is going back in it.
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    Nice work. Whenever I hear a bout an overhauled 430 I get real cautious. If they used flat top pistons the rebuild will have less HP than a stock 352 because most of the compression is sacrificed and gone.

    I'm way more comfy hearing about a rebuilt 390. - Dave
    My latest project:
    CLICK HERE to see my custom hydraulic roller 390 FE build.

    "We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
    --Lee Iacocca

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    • #3
      No flat top pistons here. I have two old school brothers working on the engine who were around when it was new. Yes it costs to much, but I like to be different.

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      • #4
        Kyle it is coming along and nice touch with the pin stripe
        What is the colour code paint you put on?
        Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
        Thunderbird Registry
        58HT #33317
        60 HT (Sold )

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        • #5
          The darkest grey is a 2010 Toyota paint code 1g3. The other two are custom mixed colors that my painter has used on other cars in the past. I will hopefully have pictures of the completed roof paint in a few days. Not quite sure exactly how it will lay it for sure, but there will be scallops involved. I found a guy that loves the lines on this car and has a passion for what he does, so I am giving him some free reign to surprise me.

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          • #6
            Kyle I thought it was a newer paint code but couldn't place it. Almost looks like Thunderbird Grey Mettalic on the babybirds.

            I will hopefully have pictures of the completed roof paint in a few days.

            Definitely need to see some pictures once completed
            Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
            Thunderbird Registry
            58HT #33317
            60 HT (Sold )

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            • #7
              Update

              Rear bumper has been painted to match the body and installed. Roof has also been painted. Should be back home soon to finish everything else.
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              • #8
                Kyle nice touch on the roof and pillar striping. Have you painted the front bumpers as well?
                Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
                Thunderbird Registry
                58HT #33317
                60 HT (Sold )

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                • #9
                  Yes the front bumper has been painted, but not assembled or installed. Also not shown in the roof is a little lace in the paint fades away.

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                  • #10
                    I must get used to 'painted bumpers' but this paint job is fabulous because it is subtle and deep. Beautiful job! - Dave
                    My latest project:
                    CLICK HERE to see my custom hydraulic roller 390 FE build.

                    "We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
                    --Lee Iacocca

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                    • #11
                      Dave I agree with you about the painted bumpers. Having seen many custom projects over the years ( Billy Gibbons/ 58 ), I think Kyle's 59 once finished, will be stunning.

                      Kyle definitely need completed pictures front / back / top and sides
                      Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
                      Thunderbird Registry
                      58HT #33317
                      60 HT (Sold )

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                      • #12
                        Here's a picture of a partially painted bumper, color matched to the car. I thought it looked great.
                        Nyles
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                        • #13
                          Nyles it sure does. Tow hitch on that classic???
                          Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
                          Thunderbird Registry
                          58HT #33317
                          60 HT (Sold )

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                          • #14
                            You gotta have the hitch. I have one on a custom 1952 Chevy truck, used it several times to pull a teardrop camper. My father in law has one on his 69 Mach 1 that he uses weekly to pull his custom painted motorcycle trailer. Plus how else are you going to tow your buddy home?

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                            • #15
                              nice tail lights!

                              Wow - nice! What are those tail lights off of?
                              Regards,
                              Don Vincent
                              Amherst NY
                              1960 HT 352
                              TBird Registry 34042

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