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Old 02-24-2012, 08:00 PM
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Better keep the moisture off that new 'Bird there.

Rust scares the hell outa me.
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:09 PM
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Good work thats great. put that gas tank under the bed just in case.
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Most of you have read about the bad rust I found on my 58’ and that I decided to sell it because it was too big a project for me to take on.

After coming to that difficult decision last Saturday, I decided to put my search for another T-Bird in high gear. I searched my local craigslist, the classified and ebay. I found another 58’ about 20 miles from my house (Brookline, NY) but it looked rough and the seller was kind of rude so I didn’t even bother looking at it in person.

Late Saturday night I was perusing this forum and ran across Ray’s thread regarding this tool that would search all of craigslist regardless of location. I gave it a try and found this Raven black 60’, but the location given in the ad was pretty broad, so it could either be close or hours away. I email the seller late Saturday night and early Sunday morning he emailed me back and it turned out he was located in my same town! In fact he was located in the same complex that my sister lives in! I even recall seeing what appeared to be an old car; under a car cover, parked in one of the spots near the main building from time to time. I’d always wondered what was under that car cover, and who would have thought that one day, what was under that car cover, would be mine…

I met with the owner an hour after calling him and proceeded to go over the car. I got on my back and closely inspected the undercarriage. It was pretty clean under there. The paint was in OK shape and the interior was original, intact, with nice patina.

I put the key in the ignition and she fired right up without hesitation (at this point I was trying real hard to maintain my poker face). The ad mentioned that the car had some fueling issues and would stall under load, so we took it for a gentle ride around the neighborhood. I was sold, but the deal wasn’t done yet. I made him a low offer to start off as a jump-off point for negotiations. My offer was almost two thirds of the asking price. He paused, thought about it and accepted my offer. I was elated!!!

In the sale he included the original wheels, hubcaps, carburetor, jack, owner’s manual and shop manual. He was the second owner of this 55,000 mile beauty and he also has the contact info for the original owner! I drew up a bill of sale, gave him some cash and the rest in form of check. We agreed that once the check cleared, that I could come pick her up. The check cleared yesterday, so I left work early, met up with the seller, did some paperwork, ran up to the DMV and got her registered!

By the time I got back, it was nighttime. Knowing that the car had fuelling issues, I took it slow all through town, but when I got out on to my road for the last leg of the trip, she started to bog. She stalled on me once, I put her in park started her back up and we proceeded another mile, then she stalled on me a second time and I managed to coast to a side street. This time she would only crank, so I waited a minute or two and she fired right up. The third time she stalled, I was stuck in the middle of the road and could not pull over. A car pulled in behind me and put their hazards on. I could see the silhouette of a woman walk towards my car. I rolled down the winder and without turning my head, (and in a sheepishly embarrassed voice) I uttered “my car seems to have stalled out…” At that point I look up and see that the woman standing before me was my girlfriend, who just happened to pull in behind me on her way home from work! Well, I started her back up and we made it safely home. I was lucky too because it started raining not too long after, and the windshield wiper motor was sitting in the glove box!

I’m still blown away at how everything fell into place. Who would have thought the exact car I was looking for was just four miles from my doorstep? A few weeks back, in my other thread, Ray had asked me what my plans were for my 58’, I posted a picture of another member’s Raven black with red/white interior. This is what I wanted my 58’ to be some day and low and behold, I found just what I was looking for.
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Ha! And to add one more thing: my squarebirds decal came in the mail today!
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Wow, that was a quick jump back into the Squarebird pool, congrats.

I'm partial to the '60 grille with the bars myself, always looked a bit more finished. Nice color combo too.
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:04 AM
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Nice score Marcelo. I'll take a fuel problem over body work any day.
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:10 AM
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Thanks for sharing the story of how you found your '60 Black Raven! It pleases me to have a small part in your story! As I just found out, you never know what is in your own "backyard"! Mark ~ Griffen from Down Under, has been looking for a convertible and posted that he had found a '60 white one with red and white interior and a continental kit. It is located about a 15 minute drive from me and I have never, ever seen this Tbird at a car show! It has just been sold to someone in Sweden! The money transfer just went through. Anders, did you just buy a '60 Convertible? Or know someone who did? See what you can find out about that if you can. I have asked the seller to tell the buyer about our Forum, so hopefully, he will come join us on here when he gets it.

You might want to keep that gas tank, Marcelo! The problems you had could be due to a bad gas tank, a bad screen in it, a clogged fuel like, a bad fuel pump, a bad carb, or even bad gas. When you find the problem and get it fixed, and if it is not the tank, you can always sell that tank. Let us know more about her as you can. I would get her out of the snow if you can also...
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Neat how that all worked out.

It makes owning our Birds a really special event and personalizes our relationship with them.

And, it's nice to know that the things you are working through now will be fun and you are not starting from scratch as you would have been before.

Doing all that body work really takes special skills. Most of use can get the mechanical things fixed. Especially with "a little help from our friends" here on the Forum.

Looking forward to reading of your challenges and conquests,
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It has just been sold to someone in Sweden! The money transfer just went through. Anders, did you just buy a '60 Convertible? Or know someone who did? See what you can find out about that if you can. I have asked the seller to tell the buyer about our Forum, so hopefully, he will come join us on here when he gets it.
No, not me I can not buy any more car as I have big plans with Ruth this year. Planning to give her a new paint and a new all leather interior. If everything goes well, she will be awesome in a year from now
I know Partsetal ships some Squarebirds from time to time to a guy 2 hours from me. I don´t know if he is involved in this one, but if I hear anything, I´ll let you know at once.
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No, not me I can not buy any more car as I have big plans with Ruth this year. Planning to give her a new paint and a new all leather interior. If everything goes well, she will be awesome in a year from now
I know Partsetal ships some Squarebirds from time to time to a guy 2 hours from me. I don´t know if he is involved in this one, but if I hear anything, I´ll let you know at once.
Anders, that shade of red is gorgeous on Ruth. Are you planning on repainting her the same color or different?
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