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Tom Sr. your stories blow me away not only for their detail but the passion with which you type them. I especially like the part of Sally having her window down and playing co-pilot during the blizzard to your TBird navigation. She sounds like a fine lady, so that means you have two of them, with Goldbird.
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Tom, Sr., Sir! I HOPE you have more stories to share with us! That was an excellent one! I have been in a snowstorm of similar proportions, but not as bad as that. I was driving an early 90's Lincoln Towncar though and we made it through the snow back to Texas. A lot of people spun out into the center section or off the road though. Please, if you can think of other neat things to post, we would love to hear them! Certainly, there must be some more stories to tell!
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I have to say that it has been fun for me to share my recollections_of 50 years ownership of Goldbird and I appreciate the many comments my new square bird friends have made.
Any future postings by me would have to be recollections of the later years and those would be the same as most of you have encountered . So this is my last posting though I will continue to log into the site every day.

Now this is a different approach. How many times has someone who is admiring your car said this to you? " I had one just like this and should have kept it" In truth I would have to say that you are
lucky you didn't. First of all where could you store a car while waiting for it to be of value and not just an old car? The biggest draw back to what I did in keeping gold bird all those years is expense and I mean a lot of it. If you could keep a car in an air conditioned environment which would be almost impossible it would continue to deteriorate because that is what all metal objects do.

I really kept gold bird because I preferred it's style over subsequent models. In hindsight I would have been wiser to have kept it three years and moved on . Having decided to keep it required me to spend thousands of dollars over the years.
In fact right now even though everything is nearly perfect some small rust areas have surfaced and Tom is spending mega bucks to repair and paint again. The car deserves to be maintained and we both feel that has to be done. Probably neither of Tom's sons have much interest in gold bird including his son Tom
Tabor V so the day will come when it will be gone.

ON THE OTHER HAND I do not regret one bit that I kept her.
At one time goldbird was our only family car and the memories
are wonderful. I also have to admit bragging about being the original owner and ENJOYING the attention she gets. So all in all I guess I did the right thing. For one thing Tom IV is glad I did.

I am glad to have met several of you over the internet because of our common interest in beautiful square birds and even though I am in my 87th year I expect to be around for a while and always willing to try to answer your questions

Happy Birding to all Tom Tabor III
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Thank you so much for your input Tom III.


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Tom Sr. It has been OUR pleasure and honour to have you tell the stories in text about the events of your magnificent car. As mentioned earlier, your passion not only for Goldbird but obviously your wife and family, appears to be coming back to you. Please visit us often and add comments with your experience, on our fast growing international site.
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Thank you for your kind comments Here is ONE MORE
memory. The Ford dealer in Bay City was one of my best personal friends and still is. He kept trying to sell me another bird and when I told him I had decided to keep it forever he said" Best thing to do is dig a hole in your back yard and bury it to make a sand box for your kids". I have reminded him of this several times and after 50 years he still says "that was good advice"
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Dad, Sure glad you did not listen to Mr. Hagen, I got tired of our old sand box many years ago, but we still love our bird!
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