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Welcome to Squarebirds, 59Sunroof-Bird! Gary hales from Oregon and says he owns a 1959 with factory Sunroof Tbird! If that is a '59 Tbird, it would be a rare one. I have only seen one '59 Golde Top talked about, and that was the prototype that was used to demonstrate to William Clay Ford and other Ford leaders the Golde Top. There might have been more than one, but I do not know. After that ride, they approved the Golde Top for the 1960 production run. Do you happen to have a copy of the ROT or Build Sheet as it is also known? If not, look in the front and rear seat springs, or under the carpeting and see if you can find it. That should tell you what it left the factory with. We always enjoy seeing pictures of our new members Tbird. If you have any you want to share with us you can post them directly on our server as a Paid Member. To become one, have a PayPal account and click on the Donate to Site button at the top right of this Forum. Or you can create an account on one of the free picture hosting websites, upload your pictures there and post the link to them in Our Rides Forum. Or you can send them to me or Dave Dare, our webmaster ~ simplyconnected and we will post them for you. When you post pictures please set them for 800x600 size for better viewing on the Forum. We have the greatest Tbird Techies from around the world on here. So if you need any help with your Tbird just post away in the Golde Top (Sunroof) Forum. They will be glad to help. I would recommend that you save my phone number should you ever need to contact me. Should you have any problems navigating our Forum, please contact me, or Dave Dare. His phone number is 248-544-8834. Enjoy The Journey!
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:52 PM
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I will check for the ROT, in the areas mentioned. It definitely is a 1959 based on the tail lights, trim and moldings. The reason I think it may be a prototype bird is the fact that mine is missing the chrome "air deflector" that the 1960 models have. I believe the "Golde" story mentions that the prototypes lacked this piece. I guess only time will tell, I 'm just glad I found your forum!
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Gary, the ROT (Rotation)/Build Sheet was a flimsy piece of paper that had printed on it what the linemen needed to know what to put on the car when it came down the line. It told them the VIN #, the scheduled build date, what tires, radio or no, AC, power brakes, tranny, engine, seats, to put in the car. Everything they needed was on that sheet. Often times, when they were inside the car putting things in place, when they finished, they would stick it in the back rest springs of the rear seats, or in the front seats. Or under the carpeting, in the glove box, in the center console, up under the dash. These are all places that I remember others telling us where they found their ROT sheet IF they found it. Many people never find theirs, like I didn't either. Sometimes they do and that is good because it tells you exactly what was on your Tbird when it left the factory. What often happens to that flimsy sheet is after some 50 years it just crumbles up to nothing. Or, if someone is working on the interior of the car and does not know what it is, it gets thrown away.

Look at your Data Plate on the drivers door post and get the VIN # off it, and all the other data about the car. Body, paint, interior, scheduled build date, tranny, and axle. Look to see if there is anything stamped on that plate to indicate it was a prototype. Are you the original owner of this Tbird? If not, do you know fully the details of its life since it left the factory. It is possible that it is not a OEM golde top installation, but an aftermarket one. It would be great if you know its history.

Please let us know what you find out. You might have a rare one there, should it prove to be the prototype (and Dave Dare~simplyconnected, our webmaster, tells us they usually had more than just one prototype they tested.) I did not see that information on the article I read about the prototype they tested miss the chrome "air deflector" the '60's have.
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How about a pic of the data plate & rivots?

Maybe a pic of one of the stamped VIN#'s from one of the 1959 engine compartment locations too??

-Jon in TX.

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Old 01-12-2013, 05:33 PM
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Gary as the boys have mentioned a 59 Golde Top convert is pretty rare and especially having one of two prototypes
We need to see pixs of the data plate / Vin #'s and especially a clear picture of the " sun roof " that you have. As Ray has mentioned perhaps a previous owner made the conversion which of course you would want to know about. Please send pictures of a top down look at the sunroof and if possible one from the inside looking up at it, to determine what you have in your classic.
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Here are a couple pictures I found of a '59 prototype. I'm not sure if the number on the hood is a serial number. I doubt it as it seems too high. It's hard to tell in black and white but it's obviously two-tone with a leather interior.

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John, nice find on the pics.

Couldn't those also be the vinyl seats with the clothe inserts??

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It's certainly possible that the interior has cloth inserts. Maybe black with gray inserts. I've seen a lot more leather interiors so I was just using the law of probability.

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