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Old 09-11-2014, 11:42 PM
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Hello fellow forum members and thunderbird addicts! My name is Dan and reside in north eastern Pennsylvania. I was recently in the search for project car to work on over the next few years and found this thunderbird located 2 miles from my home on craigslist.

a little history on the car. The car was purchased in California and spent its whole life there up until 5 years ago. The previous owner shipped it to his home in Pennsylvania where it sat in his garage for the remainder of its time. Here are a few photos of the car from that time period.




After first viewing the car the owner was asking $2000 which a bit high for the car. Upon inspection of the car it needed the following but not limited to.
New interior
New driver side and pass side floor pans
New paint
Some rust repair. Not bad at all.
Full overhaul etc

Car does run and drive new gas tank,carb and other parts were installed by previous owner.

Here are the pics after the car was pulled from the garage after 5 years.

Negotiated the car down to $1500 and away it came home to my house.

I have been working on the car after the past month and have learned a lot about the car from all of the great members here. I am only beginning the journey and boy has it been great. I am going to go a different route with the car. I am going to modernize it a bit including newer radio, new bucket seats etc. I would not say restomod style, but something that his safer and not going to kill my pocket. I know a lot of guys love the original restorations, but that is what's great about this "hobby", you can put your own personal touches on a vehicle and express yourself.
I have recently done the following repairs

New brake line from front to rear
Pulled dash and rewired as necessary
New floor pans
Stripped rust from trunk and reprinted
Repaired center console, dash pad
Repaired all power window motors

The car currently runs and moves under its own power which is great,but a lot of work is still needed. Just wanted to show the car and update everyone during this great journey.

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Old 09-12-2014, 03:06 AM
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Looks like you got yourself a good deal. Have fun with it.
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Old 09-12-2014, 08:56 AM
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looks like you got one with the all-black leather interior option. My favorite...
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Old 09-12-2014, 10:42 AM
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Dan looks like your well on your way and identified what you want to do. Great winter project
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Old 09-12-2014, 10:00 PM
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Just got myself some por15 to apply to some rusty areas. Also picked up some seam sealer along with 50mil sound deadening for the interior 50sqft.
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That '59 accessory fender mirror is a rare piece.

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Old 09-13-2014, 08:35 AM
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Thanks john. What makes it so rare?
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The only one I've ever seen on a squarebird is in the '60 owners manual. I've seen them on a few '59 Skyliners. They weren't installed very often either by the factory or by dealers.

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Old 09-21-2014, 11:19 PM
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Update!

First, I would like to thank YellowRose for re-sizing my images while I was away on a business trip. Your are one hell of a guy!

I went ahead and pulled the Intake manifold and the heads to go ahead and start to replace all the gaskets. Once the heads were pulled I noticed that 4-8 pistons must of had a head gasket leak pouring antifreeze onto the pistons. Other than that everything else looked pretty clean. I really had a hard time getting the exhaust manifold off due to those olds bolts. I broke 6 bolts and the rest came out fine. I am going to send the heads over to a machine shop to re-tap the threads.

I also found out that my motor is a 390 from 1962. The block number is a C2AE block with a 3.75 measured piston Stroke. I am pretty stoked that this motor was put in its spot over the original 352 it came with!

I decided against pulling the motor at this time due to the fact that the transmission works fine and the rear main seal appears to be in good shape. This is a budget build so I really do not have the funds to be pulling the motor out and sending the motor out to have a complete overhaul. I will be doing some refreshing of the engine bay and the gaskets, but thats about it. The motor ran fine before the heads were removed with no smoking of any sort.

In the future if the engine starts to die out I will then pull it and send it out.

My question for you guys is... Was it the head gasket that caused the antifreeze to pour into the cylinders and If i were to send out the heads to the shop should anything else be done to them that would not break my wallet?



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Old 09-22-2014, 12:02 AM
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My question for you guys is... Was it the head gasket that caused the antifreeze to pour into the cylinders and If i were to send out the heads to the shop should anything else be done to them that would not break my wallet?
The anti-freeze you see is from removing the head. It's not from a head gasket leak. You can relax.

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