This will take you to the main site where there is history, technical information and other information on these cars.
This takes you back to the main page of the forums.
This is the control panel to change your password, information and preferences on this message board.
Click here if your lost your password or need to register on this message board. You must be a registered user to post. Registration is free.
Search this board for information you need.
Click here to buy cool Squarebirds mechandise.
Click here to support For $20 annually receive 20mBytes webspace, a Squarebirds e-mail address and member's icon on the message board.
Old 11-16-2013, 01:59 AM
thehotroddude thehotroddude is offline
Join Date: Nov 16 2013
Posts: 1
thehotroddude is on a distinguished road
Default 1960 with 3 speed manual transmission

I have found a 60 hardtop with a 3 speed manual transmission. According to my research there was only about 900 manual transmission cars in 1960. Is this true? If so does anyone know an approximate value once restored?
Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2013, 10:56 AM
arizonajack arizonajack is offline
Join Date: Oct 15 2013
Posts: 160
arizonajack is on a distinguished road

It's probably close to being true.

At any rate, it's rare.

My first T-Bird was a 1960 with a 3 speed manual on the column. I owned it from about 1967 to 1969.

Here's another thread where I posted a photo:

Unfortunately, I'm not sure rarity (in this case) makes it any more "valuable" than a hardtop with AT.

In fact, it was horribly inconvenient because it was not syncromesh and I had to come to a complete stop to shift back down into 1st gear.

Probably worth getting just for the bragging rights.

Then upgrade the tranny with a later syncromesh 3 speed.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2013, 02:19 PM
simplyconnected's Avatar
simplyconnected simplyconnected is offline
Slow Typist
Join Date: May 26 2009
Posts: 7,352
simplyconnected is on a distinguished road

The 3-speed synchro-crunch was the 'standard' trans that came on all Thunderbirds as well as Ford Cars and trucks.

The extra cost 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic was new for Squarebirds as other Ford Cars were still fitted with 2-speed automatics and Y-block engines. FE engines and 3-speed C-O-Ms were 'big time' options and a vast improvement back then. - Dave
My latest project:
CLICK HERE to see my custom hydraulic roller 390 FE build.

"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
--Lee Iacocca
Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2013, 06:08 PM
arizonajack arizonajack is offline
Join Date: Oct 15 2013
Posts: 160
arizonajack is on a distinguished road

Squarebirds were touted as something of a luxury car, higher priced than other Fords and, consequently, most buyers opted for the automatic transmission.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:59 PM.

Driving, racing or working on cars can be hazardous. The procedures and advice on this website including the message board are opinion only. and its webmasters and contributors do not guarantee the correctness of the advice and procedures. The and its webmasters assume no liability for any damage, fines, punishment, injury or death resulting from following these procedures or advice. If you do not have the skills or tools to repair your car, please consult a professional. By using this site you agree to hold harmless the, its authors and its webmasters from any resulting claim and costs that may occur from using the information found on this site.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Any submissions to this site and any post on this site becomes property of . The webmasters reserve the right to edit and modify any submissions to this site. All material on this is site is copyrighted by the Reproduction by any means other than for personal use is strictly prohibited. Permission to use material on this site can be obtained by contacting the webmasters. Copyright 2002-2016 by