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Old 05-03-2012, 09:45 AM
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Richard,

Lol. Yes I have seen the movie, a long time ago, but I remember. That is awesome! I end up driving by myself quite a bit, but not because of the car. My hubby works and I don't right now. My daughter loves to ride with me when she comes around. I had my engine rebuilt last spring, so it runs great. I have matching numbers on the 352 engine and car. The old shocks definitely bounce more when i have passengers, but hope to get that done soon. Bought them yesterday. My hubby is convinced I can install them myself, so we will see. Lol. My dad owned the bird for about 15 years, then gave it to me. I drove it in a parade years ago and fell in love with it. It sat in our garage for about 5 yrs. before I had the $$ to redo stuff. My boys did the brakes. The transmission was shot, so did that last spring as well. It's my favorite thing to drive around and listen to tunes on the old AM radio!
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Here is a pic of Deb's other ride, her 1930 Model A and what she has to say about it.

"This model A belonged to my dad. When he died he had four. He had already given me the Thunderbird five years before that. It had a ground up restoration before he bought it. It runs as great as it looks. It is in original condition, no modern conveniences. This photo has me in the passenger seat, daughter in back, and my son driving! It's a beautiful car but I still enjoy driving my bird the best!! Deb"

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Looks like our Dad's were "car" related. I can remember helping my Dad restore his '30 A very similar to yours. Pretty sure ours was a 4 door Murray body - at the time no one was making the interior wood but the patterns were available - what fun we had cutting that wood out. Ours had the trunk on the back, dual side mounts, and tail lights, heater etc - a highly optioned A for it's time. Too bad we sold it though - actually traded it for a coupe which we never liked as much.

Now I have my Dad's Tbird also! (he bought it new)

Nice looking cars !!!!

You'll have to post your vin and see how close our cars are in production time. Mine was built Aug 25 0Y71Y186576. This is the build sheet found in the springs on the upper portion of the back seat.

Our cars just might be twins!




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You are right, sounds like they had the same interests. My VN 0Y7Y190173. I think our model 63A is the same, color the same, tranny, etc. my trim is 87 to your 56. Mine is turquoise leather interior, all one color. What is yours? I don't have that tag out of the seat. Looks like our numbers are about 4000 apart though. I think that makes mine after yours, 02N.

The A is a four door Murray. The inside was redone in the original style with the wool type upholstery. It's very nice, kind of a dark green moss color. Did yours have wooden wheels? I wish I did have the trunk on the back, I like that look!
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The car actually "found" my Mom. She was working at a Credit Union and a fellow had brought the car in to meet the dealer and work out financing. He wasn't able to qualify. My Mom had spotted the car in the lot and stopped the dealer on the way out to ask about it - long story short she told him there wouldn't be any need for him to take the car back to the lot.

Black and white interior but I really like your turquoise leather.



The Model A was Chicle Drab and Copra Drab with Tacoma Creme wheels (steel wire wheels just like yours). We too had the sort of tan Mohair interior.
That was in the days before digital cameras and I haven't scanned all the pics to digital format - but I sure need to.
Here's one very similar (no trunk or dual tail lights on this one though). We didn't have wide whitewalls either - kinda wish we had looking at this one.


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Eric,
I see your code meant the black and white leather. I like that look. Especially with red paint! Sounds like the A was very similar just fancier. It's nice that the tbird has always been in your family. Is that the original dash on yours? The guys never really liked the turquoise but I have always loved it! I think it's growing on them after I refused to change it.
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Thanks - I can remember family trips to Fla and then the everyday stuff from the back seat when I was a kid. Now I love driving it. Since it's been in the family so long everything about the car has a story - sorry - but I wouldn't have it any other way.

The dash is a Ford replacement done at the dealer in about 1977. My Dad tried to trade the car in the gas crunch of the 70's but he always said all the dealers wanted him to pay them to take the car. One of his friends who worked at a Ford dealer needed work so my Dad decided to let him do the work. Had it painted and replaced the front seat covers then too - still have the originals but they are a little worn. My Dad would tell me he figured he could get a bunch of gas for what it was going to cost to trade and by then the crunch would be over. He just kept driving it - boy am I glad.

Yea - the turquoise is a but more "feminine" and if I were picking a car today - doubt I would pick turquoise.

This is some info that came with my car when it was new. You can tell everyone the interior wasn't just a color choice but was "artfully blended to create your serene Thunderbird living space" - that ought to shut them up.








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That's a pretty cool article Eric.

Thanks for sharing those pages with us...
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There really is something to be said about how cars were made and marketed back then. They were proclaiming the Thunderbird to be a classic when it was still new. Automakers nowadays seem to only boast about fuel economy and the price tag. I guess thatís all the average consumer really cares about today.
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