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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ClayMart, Sep 26, 2008.
here is my old '63 i built..
shaved of all the badges,and door trims,,nosed,airbags..Bitchin' ride
Dang, these posts make me want one of the Birds...I think I am going to get one.
That car is sick...nice job on that one. Los Boulevards has some of the best rides around in my opinion. check out my 63' Catalina.
My friend, Alan Tast, alerted me about this thread about the fastback bulletbird. Thanks, Alan, for the nice words and the link!
About this restyled Thunderbird: This is NOT a Ford concept car or styling study. It was not styled by Ford, nor was it constructed at Dearborn Steel Tubing. This is a "private" project of very recent origin.
My son first saw this car sitting on a used "special interest" car lot in downtown Salt Lake City about 4 or so years ago. He called me and sent me a number of digital photos. He went inside that dealership and asked if the car was for sale; when told it had been sold, Eric asked who built the car, and was told that it had been constructed very recently in Orem, Utah which is a small community south of Salt Lake City (there are some very high end shops along the Wasatch Front).
Those photos are included in a styling analysis I've posted to my website. Go here to read that story ( http://www.customclinic.com/Styling_Analysis/styling_analysis.html ), and view the photos of this car when it was parked in Salt Lake City a few years ago. I personally witnessed that car in Salt Lake. The car was quite well done, and exhibited a wild array of T-Bird parts.
I am something of an expert on Ford concept cars in the Sixties, and am writing a book on the Ford Custom Car Caravan. I have collected, over the last thirty years, at least a thousand pieces of concept car literature (e.g., press kits, photos, memos, etc.) as well as thousands of vintage custom car magazines (e.g., Rod and Custom, Customs Illustrated, Car Craft, Hot Rod and many more titles). This car doesn't show up ANYWHERE in any of that literature/publications: If this car was truly historic, it would have been widley covered. Moreover, no Ford concept car/styling study was ever called a "Pilot Car."
The burden is now shifted to anyone who claims that this car was built by Ford/on behalf of Ford in the early Sixties, or was built by anyone during that time. This "hard evidence" must be in the form of undisputable photos, media coverage, Ford memos/photos, and the like.
In my opinion, this car is a very recent build and pretty well styled. Any claims to the contrary are highly-questionable.
If I can answer any questions, please drop me a note at: MarkS@Gustavson-Law.com
My best wishes to everyone.
Mark S. Gustavson
Cool idea, but what about a '58 T-Bird roof on a '58 Ford (and I'm not talking about the retractable hardtop), but a properly proportioned car?
Thanks for your note. See the long note I posted about this car today.
Thanks, Alan, for your note. I've posted a note supporting your assessment of this car.
Mark S. Gustavson
Here's my '61. A work in progress.
+1...couldn't agree more! I think the roofline of the 60-61 Starliner is one of the nicest postwar...and it sure as hell fits the character of the T-bird at the time...elegant, classy, understated.
Here's my '63 Bird..... You guys are giving me inspiration to do something cool with it.
On the Red 'Bird with the Starliner Roof:
Although I prefer the stock backlight, shortening the greenhouse proportions the roofline to the wheelbase and overhangs perfectly. Keeping the car at or near stock height, using wire wheels with no skirts, and leaving the rest of the exterior relatively original just adds to the mystique. The style of these cars cries out for the later 64 to 66 interior making the inclusion of it here a natural also.
No doubt a lot more work than the beautiful simplicity of the final product would suggest, and a very nice adaptation of the Starliner Roof, making one ask the question; why didn't Ford produce these cars this way in the first place?
Perhaps if someone here knows him, he could get the builder of this car to post a thread on the HAMB detailing the actual build.
I think I saw this one at the Hunnert Car Pileup this year. It actually hadn't rained at all, the mud all over was from me drooling over this Bird. I love these things!
Nay one got any info on the red and gold chopped car looks like stock windshield???
The red and gold one that Centurion posted was built for John D'Agostino by Lucky 7 Customs in Antioch, CA. It was featured in the July 97 issue of Custom Rodder. The top on the car was definitely chopped, don't know what was done with the windshield though, as it wasn't mentioned in the feature.
This what i did.
bird builder.... i need pics ha ha .... what did you do for a bag set up on the front of your car and the same for the rear... i been staring at mine trying to figure out a good set up to use on the front
Waterdown show last year.
dang! some of these look great. figured id add these
(from a website called speedhunters covering a customs/rod meet in japan)
looks like its a work in progress but the chop is pretty neat looking
heres mine ,homemade carson top kinda weird but hey it was my first attempt
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