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Old 05-14-2015, 09:29 PM
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I have all the admiration for you guys restoring our old TBirds all over the world. I know what my expenses of restoration are, and can only imagine what your are going through with shipping costs.
It is really nice to know that the old Squarebirds are being appreciated all over the world.
Cudos to you all.
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:31 PM
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The dollar sucks now, I couldn't imagine back then. Very pricey exercise.
I was lucky I got in and brought a lot of stuff last year when the dollar was high, but still need a bit more.
They are definitely a challenge to restore though and really would be nowhere if it wasn't for help of people like Dave (simplyconnected) and others. Very helpful site, especially when you've bled gm your whole life.
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Old 05-15-2015, 01:16 AM
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hi all, ive got a few more pics. these are of the interior. the interior was pretty ordinary when i got the car, a bit of elbow grease and some black and white vinyl dye and it came up pretty good.
ive also installed a b&m quicksilver shifter for the new gearbox and the original column shift will be removed. also added some neat gauges which i think work quite well with the existing chrome inside the car.
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Old 05-15-2015, 01:23 AM
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these are some of the weld repairs, one finished and the other one will hopefully be done on the weekend.
whilst everything is apart at the rear of the car ive had the opportunity to scrape, re-bodydeaden and paint. bit hard to see in pic but actually coming up really well.
will redo under the rest of car once exhaust is finished and engine removed.
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The dollar sucks now, I couldn't imagine back then. Very pricey exercise.
I was lucky I got in and brought a lot of stuff last year when the dollar was high, but still need a bit more.
They are definitely a challenge to restore though and really would be nowhere if it wasn't for help of people like Dave (simplyconnected) and others. Very helpful site, especially when you've bled gm your whole life.
Yup, the NZ dollar was only worth 65 cents US when I bought my Flairbird in '05 so while it cost US $6,500 that equalled NZ $10,000! Plus about $4,800 in freight and taxes etc to get it here.
Now the Kiwi $ is worth 74 U.S. cents, (from memory) not so bad but freight is still a killer for us 'Downunder' guys.
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...They are definitely a challenge to restore though and really would be nowhere if it wasn't for help of people like Dave (simplyconnected) and others. Very helpful site, especially when you've bled gm your whole life.
Chris, I'm only passing to y'all, the information that the REAL engineers imparted to me. These are the guys who actually designed your engines and car bodies, and engineers who designed the machines and dies to make all the parts.

These are men who retired many decades ago but were very proud of their work and their service to Ford Motor Co. They were eager to help anyone who had questions regarding their work. I was fortunate to be there and work with them in Manufacturing Development and in some of the plants. For a car guy, I hit the lottery. Now, I'm glad to help you.

Here we are fifty - sixty years later, trying to look back and decipher a car that was built to standards that don't exist today. Kudos to Alexander, who brought us all together in a magnificent world-class forum of Squarebird enthusiasts, mechanics, restorers and administers. He melded the old with the new products, technologies and techniques to save many more Squarebirds from the crusher.

I have the highest regard for restorers abroad because I know how hard it is to restore a car in the US. I'm amazed how you guys do it in far away continents.

Squarebirds.org is blessed with a staff of skilled restorers from many disciplines and each one of us are here to help our fellow 'birders in any way we can, even if it brings one more T-bird back on the road for all to enjoy. - Dave
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Believe me Dave, it's greatly appreciated. The best forum I'm on for sure.
Finished painting the bottom of the rear of the car today, painted inside the trunk, ready for trimming. Slowly getting stuff done that's a bit cheaper to do.
Once I get the rear bushing redone that'll be one big part done and finished assembled.
Seeing some progress.
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Your work and your progress look great, Chris. Keep up the good work. - Dave
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Well done! Looks like a great build... keep us informed with your progress!
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hi all, ive got a few more pics. these are of the interior. the interior was pretty ordinary when i got the car, a bit of elbow grease and some black and white vinyl dye and it came up pretty good.
ive also installed a b&m quicksilver shifter for the new gearbox and the original column shift will be removed. also added some neat gauges which i think work quite well with the existing chrome inside the car.
Question?? How did you know where to cut the gear shifter in on the trans tunnel? I am going to install a C6 with a hurst shifter... looking for a bit of advise!

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