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I wasn't trying to dish him or the book itself...Yes the compilation is a good resource!

what I AM saying is we already have Alan as a member, and HIS books...

so we don't need to wonder about Wonder...
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:43 PM
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Default The Stainless Steel '60 Tbirds

Just so you know, I am the recipient of 30 Stainless Steel photos showing the '36 Ford, the '60 Tbird and the '66/67 Lincoln! I am in the process of downsizing them to fit on a web page and securing them. Gene Makrancy agreed to provide his copyrighted photos to me, providing I put some copyright information on them, and secure them from being stolen.. So I will do that. I will let you know when I am finished and where they can be viewed.
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Default The Stainless Steel '60 Tbirds

Gene Makrancy has written about and photographed considerably the Stainless Steel '36 Ford, the '60 Tbirds and the '66/'67 Lincolns. He has given me permission to post his photographs. One of the stipulations was that I would indicate on the photo's that they are each copyrighted and cannot be used by others without his express permission. So I have put a copyright statement on each photograph to accommodate this. I tried to put it where it would not interfere much with what you are viewing, but also that it could not be taken off the picture without taking part of the car with it. I have also agreed to take some other security measures... We would not have gotten these 30 pictures to enjoy had I not taken some precautions to protect his photographs. There are a few more coming and I will add those when I get them. So here ya go! Enjoy the pictures!

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Ray, great job on getting the pics and posting them for all to see! Gee whiz, I don't feel so bad now knowing I have a few little dings in my 58 bird after having seen the all the dents in this SS bird's door panels. What a shame. Betcha the owner cried over those dents.
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THANKS RAY!
You went out of your way again, working so hard to get these pictures and getting them posted, for all of us to enjoy!
Question, it looks like only the skin is stainless, am I correct or not?
Still what a beautiful example of The Ford Thunderbird!!!
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Old 05-02-2009, 06:29 PM
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Default Stainless '60 substructure

Only the exterior skin is stainless - the remainder of the underbody is carbon steel. During the '91 VTCI International in Falls Church, VA when one of the stainless cars was on display we had a Q&A session about it. One of the comments that came up was that the stainless has to be separated from the inner structure with either a copper spacer or some other material to prevent dielectric action between the two dissimilar metals.
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I've got & couple of questions.
Which weighed more , the Stainless or regular T. Birds, &
by how much? What guage were the Stainless as per the Steel?

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Nice Job Ray --- sorry to see so much damage to the right side of the SS 60 bird-- I wonder why it has not been restored along with the dents in the left door

am I seeing correctly that the underside of the hood and trunk are painted white?

and looking at the engine those do not seem to be stock valve covers --- a lot of differences that i did not expect to see
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Thank you! I will try to answer some of your questions. I do not know what gauge of stainless steel was used. I do know that the body was made of Type 302 stainless steel. The trim was made of Type 430 stainless steel. Alan has answered the question regarding the exterior of these two Tbirds.

As to why the damage to the Tbird in the picture has not been restored, leadership changes over the years. At first, they were very well cared for. Then someone made the decision to allow Employee's of the Month to drive them each month. Then later on this was stopped, and then started again, I think. So the cars were damaged from daily use. They have been overhauled completely in the past. But there does not seem to be the interest in A-L to overhaul them again.

Yes, white paint was used under the hood, and in the trunk and other places on the car. Someone over the years, probably replaced the original valve covers with those you see on the car.

'59 Tbird weighs 3810 lbs. I think the regular '59 & '60 Tbirds weigh the same. The '60 SS Tbird weighs 3,955lbs according to information I have.

I will probably put some more information on the web page about the Tnirds later on tonight. Or tomorrow.
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