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Old 06-18-2010, 03:27 PM
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I am Tom Tabor Sr 87 year old father of Tom who now owns the bird I purchased new in 1960. You will find me in the technical forum under new member Original Gold bird. I am going to share my 50 year experience with this car with you fellow members but first want to know if this is where I should post it or should it go back to the other forum where there are photos of gold bird. Let me know please and then I will tell all Thanks
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Old 06-18-2010, 05:42 PM
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Hey Dad, Yes you are in the right spot with anything goes. Could put the post in the technical question area but that should only be used for questions on repairs. Go ahead when you can and tell us some of your cool, interesting stories!
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Old 06-19-2010, 12:21 AM
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Tom, this is a perfectly good spot for any of the history of your car!! We look forward to it!

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Old 06-19-2010, 11:56 AM
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Tom Sr. we are all looking forward to your chronicle of the 50 years, of the Goldbird. In the many years I have been on this site, I am happy to see that we have a father and son as members and with the original classic that you purchased. Doesn't get any better than that.
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Old 06-19-2010, 01:04 PM
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I fell in love with the 58 square birds at 1st sight but couldn't afford the $5,000 sticker.I was raised in the depression of the 1930's and taught that I should never borrow money to buy a car so from my 1st car( a 1935 Chevy) to the last each has been purchased for cash.With a combined income for both my wife and me of $100 a week I had to buy used cars rather than new.

Gold Bird first appeared in my life when the wife of the local Ford dealer parked it in front of our store. I told her how much I wanted to own that car and she said she would see if her husband would work out a deal for me. He phoned me and said he only had two 60's left and both were demonstrators with about 1000 miles on each. the other was a hard top in the same color which is named Beachwood Brown. He offered me the convert for $3500.00. On the next Saturday he loaned me the car for the weekend and the following Monday I withdrew the money from our savings account and took delivery in mid October 1960. My father and father in law were very upset with me for spending that much on a car, particularly since son Tom was less than a year old and his sister only four and they feared for the kids safety riding in a convertible. Cars did not have seat belts those days but the dealer ordered lap type belts from Ford and installed them.

A lot more to come if you are interested Tom Tabor
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That was a great "intro" story!! Keep them coming...
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Great? It was an awesome start!
More!!!!
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Keep 'em coming, Tom! I am gonna read the next one! This is great to see the history of a car told like this! Fantastic! Rather than creating a new thread each time, you can just add to the original one by posting to it. That way, the whole story will be in the same thread!
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Gold Bird History II
Thanks for comments on History I especially Anders in Sweden. Have never communicated with someone in another country.To everyone else read History I before this.

On the weekend before I purchased gold bird I really enjoyed driving it around town but especially on the freeway where I pushed up to 100mph. It was a chilly but warm Sunday and I tried to open the trunk because I thought the top switch was there like I heard it was in the 58 and 59 models but of course there was no way to manually open the trunk and I didn't realize it was under the dash board. During my 50 years of ownership I often wondered why Ford did not furnish manual trunk access.
Sure could have used that about a month after I bought it.
Put the top down,I loved the look with no boot necessary.
Then I tried to put the top up and no luck.It was stuck in the down position.

Took it to my dealer and they did not know how to get in it either to replace a module. Finally Ford Motor Co sent a man up to Bay City from Dearborn who had to remove the gas tank to get at the cause. They told me he was a midget but I never believed that. In my 50 years of ownership that was the only time I ever had to take gold bird in for a mechanical problem
In a later report I will tell you about big time top problems when the car was about 40 years old.

Watch for History III and others which I will send if members are really interested in these ramblings of an old bird lover

Tom Tabor Sr

Tom, Sr. You can just click on this thread, hit the Post Reply button and add to this. You can call your next Post Gold Bird History III and so forth, if you want to. This way, we will have your history reports on the car all in one thread for the future. This is excellent and I do not know if we have ever had a family report on a car history like this before.
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Tom Sr.:
This is awesome. Keep the stories coming.
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