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430MEL 08-24-2006 12:33 PM

A nice 60 for sale
 
Was surfing the web, found this one, a little too much for my bank account but thought someone would be interested. What is the chrome option they are talking about-was this a Ford option?

WWW.autogallerymuseum.com

Alexander 08-24-2006 01:15 PM

RE: A nice 60 for sale
 
Lots of Squarebirds now have this exterior chrome dress-up kit, including my 1959. It was never a factory or dealer option. The headlight doors and windshield wiper wells have been found in Ford boxes in chrome, but the hood scoop and rear quarter pieces are things the owners chromed on their own. It is thought that these pieces were chromed so that they could match any color car as a repair.

These chrome pieces have been put on these cars for such a long time that even in the VTCI concours rules listed it as an option. The VTCI rules have been revised now based on the evidence. There has never been found any documentation, such as brochures or parts books, that this option was offered.

Alexander
1959 Hardtop
1960 Golde Top

byersmtrco 09-01-2006 10:49 PM

RE: A nice 60 for sale
 
That is a nice car.

I'm sure Alexander is correct on that chrome kit. I don't remember seeing those on cars until more recent years. As a kid, I knew every TBird around (our area) because we had one. I never saw chrome body parts on them. Actually, I don't ever remember seeing those red white & blue centers on the hubcaps, but I'm told they were a dress up option. I'm know that "some" Ford dealers (in the early to mid 60's) had the wire wheels on hand and would install them on any Ford if the customer wanted them. They would just be there on display.
There is a 57 Fairlane conv, thats been around as long as I can remember. It's always had the (orig) KH wires on it. I've compared horror stories with him recently re' tubes and so on.

John



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