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Old 01-17-2017, 04:23 AM
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I'm based over in Perth, Western Australia (WA). When I was a kid my grandfather had a 1958 Ford Thunderbird convertible, found it up north in WA rusted out and rebuilt it with my dad when he was 17.

Car was far from factory restored, was red but painted white, 59 doors on it, 390 out of a 64 in it, was a factory AC car to, continental kit, wire wheels. Looked great and loved it! Unfortunately he sold it and I was heart broken.

At the ripe old age of 33 I have started a family and decided that it's time to grow up, got rid of my BMW s1000rr motorbike and got something I can work on with my son and my dad.

I have just purchased this 60 conv, being the internet I can only take people's word for what they are selling, so I don't know a huge amount about the car other than it doesn't run "but I will easy' I'm told. It's sat in a shed since 91.

At some stage someone has put a 390 in it, drivers window doesnt work and judging by the door gaps and rockers I got some internal rocker rust to deal with, which I don't mind. I am told it's relatively rust free.... Haha we'll see....

Other than that it's all pretty original.

My trade is automotive electrician with my automotive air-conditioning licence. My old boy is a mechanic. Between the two of us there isn't much we can't do! Really looking forward to bringing this old girl back to life.











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Old 01-17-2017, 08:19 PM
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Good to meet you the other day Michael. As you know I have the 59 and 60 for you to "compare" to if you get in any trouble. I look forward to seeing this old girl in the flesh as soon as it lobs here in Perth.
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It looks relatively complete but if it has been in snow country all its life I suspect rust will be an issue.
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It looks relatively complete but if it has been in snow country all its life I suspect rust will be an issue.
Haha, my thoughts exactly, I have some photos of the trunk, doesn't look to bad. Im not to concerned about rust, kind of expect it. I would rather go into it knowing that I will have to do rust repair, then buying a nicer bird only to find rust that I'm not expecting if that makes sense.








Thanks Bill, was great to see you and your pride and joys! Thanks very much for the tour and your very kind offer. Can tell you now I'm definitely going to need to borrow that long screw driver to do that hard to reach screw at the top of the fin end
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Nice to see what the Continental Kit will be attached to...!
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Haha.. Yeah I have a long way to go before that goes on
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Saw it in Grayslake Illinois in late December...wound up buying something else, then found another one.

Good luck on the restore, post updates.
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Haha, my thoughts exactly, I have some photos of the trunk, doesn't look to bad. Im not to concerned about rust, kind of expect it. I would rather go into it knowing that I will have to do rust repair, then buying a nicer bird only to find rust that I'm not expecting if that makes sense.








Thanks Bill, was great to see you and your pride and joys! Thanks very much for the tour and your very kind offer. Can tell you now I'm definitely going to need to borrow that long screw driver to do that hard to reach screw at the top of the fin end
Actually , along screw driver was not needed for this rear quarter extension . Did some research on this when restoring my '58 . The screw goes on from the outside into the rear quarter fin top . A small bit of the screw head is left out. Then the extension, which has an offset hole in the top corner is put on the screw head and held in a horizontal position, then rotate the extension down into position 90 degree turn and secure the rest of the screws / bolts to secure extension. Hope this helps .
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Saw it in Grayslake Illinois in late December...wound up buying something else, then found another one.

Good luck on the restore, post updates.
Anything you can tell me about it?
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