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Old 03-26-2012, 12:39 AM
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Al, here is a link to a website that I use a lot when checking out Tbirds. You click on the year you want to check out and can find out all kinds of things about our Tbirds. In this case, I clicked on the '62 Tbird link for you.

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Old 03-26-2012, 10:21 PM
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My question is why did a previous owner take a Squarebird air cleaner and modify it for a snorkle and, on top of this, mount it on the driver's side so that the oil filler cap on top of the '67-style valve cover had to be located under the fender-to-cowl brace? LOTS of detailing faux pas here that can be corrected back to factory-original condition with some effort. That the engine bay color does not match the body, engine was painted 'rebuild blue', presence of white paint on the hood hinges, the aforementioned '67-style valve covers and non-'61-'62 air cleaner, sewn dash cover, and '63 deluxe-style wheel covers tells me that the person who "restored" the car didn't really make an effort to pay attention to details or research what its original condition should have been.
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:39 PM
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Default The search continues

I wanted to take the time to thank the forum again for all the comments, advice, links, etc. After a few days of mulling this '62 over I am going to give it a miss (despite the poll results!). I have owned cars in the past that have that 20' appeal and a questionable restoration path, and the exercise always proves frustrating. I would rather find a car that is 'less restored' than this one where I am more confident in what I am up against. I feel that as I peel back the layers of this '62 I will be taking many steps back before moving forward.

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Old 03-27-2012, 06:41 PM
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Well, after your update Al, I think you have made the right choice too.

Look on the bright side, the "hunt" for another Bird is quite fun.

-Jon down in TX.

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Old 03-27-2012, 09:04 PM
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Bottom line is YOU are the one who has to be comfortable with the purchase. I have had buyers remorse a time or two and its never a good feeling. The right car will come along, just have to be patient!!!
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