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AM/FM radios were not a Thunderbird option until 1963.
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I know it's off topic, but do you know if the AM/FM look the same as the AM only?
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Yes, in the tuning scale an AM/FM would have dual scales (two sets of numbers) as the frequency numbers for those bands differ. An AM radio has one set of numbers.
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Now here is a strange thing, I dont think mine has, but it definitely has both bands. I will take a pic of it next time I am down with the car and post it for comment.

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And besides the dual scales, there would have to be a selector switch of some sort to change between AM and FM band. Back in the day, we would install an auxiliary FM Converter under the dash that would pick up FM without replacing the AM Radio

Nice question, I had to stop and think a moment about what an older radio looked like since I've become accustom to the digital radios of the past twenty years
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There were some strange combos as far as options back then. Mine was ordered with A/C ($446) but no "I-Rest" tint. I'm told dealers really pushed that if you ordered A/C. It has power seat and windows, but no "Aquamatic" windshield washer and no radio. I love the names Ford used for alot of these options. http://automotivemileposts.com/tbird...equipment.html

I was at The Upstate NY TBird Club meet over the weekend and there was a '59 in Sea Reef (light mint) green with a 430 and had the functioning washer mounted to the generator. Real nice car. I'll send a pic when I get them off my camera. A black 60 was the only other Squarebird.
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Thanks Ken, would there be any way I could tell looking under the dash? Having said that I will still take a pic and post it when next I am down with the car. I do recall that to change between the bands, I need to push the on/off switch half in after it is turned on. At least that is what works!

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FM was not a factory option in a Thunderbird until 1963, but someone (previous owner) could have had an original AM radio converted internally to a modern AM/FM radio with RCA jacks in the back too....
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For the last week, I have had the pleasure of helping Bill find a set of fender skirts for Penelope. I sent him three sources for them that I have found by calling the various main Tbird Parts places. These are the only three that I found who have them. Luckily for Bill, he found a set down under and saved himself a good bit of money by doing so. He will post some pix when he gets his painted and on Penelope. Here are the sources I found in our country.

The first source is Pat Wilson's Thunderbird Parts in Fredon, NJ 888-262-1153 Email: info@wilsontbird.com http://www.wilsontbird.com

They have used sets for $250 per pair. These skirts will come painted in whatever color they were when they were taken off the car. You will also want to order a set of fender skirt seals, and I forgot to ask him how much they were. Another company has them for about $12-$20.

Now, Thunderbird Headquarters, in Concord, CA 800-227-2174 Email: parts@tbirdhq.com http://www.tbirdhq.com has them NEW and unfinished (you paint them to match your car) for $195 a pair! Their fender skirt seals are $12.95 a pair, but they recommend their digital cut seals, which fit better, for $19.95 a pair. They have metal panels cut for the various cars to replace panels on our Birds, and they also have fender skirts cut new. So they are able to market new metal fender skirts for our Birds exactly like the original ones.

I have another source for you for a used set of fender skirts. You will probably have to buy new seals for these should you buy them. He wants $175 for the set, plus shipping. Here is his contact information.

Sid of NOS Parts 800-667-6659. nosonly95111@sbcglobal.net

It is good to know that we have a company who sells brand new fender skirts now. We will not have to look so hard to find a set of skirts when we want them.

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WOW!! I did not know TB/HQ had them new either.

Good researching job Yellowrose.
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