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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by GNon18s, Dec 3, 2016.

  1. mcmopar
    Joined: Nov 12, 2012
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    from Strum, wi

    I would hang that pic of you and your son opening the in your shop. Then look at it every time you are out there, and remember how lucky you are. Looks like a nice car and a great kid.
    You are going to get the H.A.M.B. police after you for using the S.O.S. pad on the chrome.
    Tony
     
  2. slowmotion
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    Lookin' good. Looks like you're a light cut & polish away from awesome!
     
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  3. D.N.D.
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    Its nice to keep a clean car in your family, from your grandma to you then your son too ?

    I had a 63' in 68' that was met blue with a black padded top, Cragars and narrow white's and pipes

    It was a neat car and cool skirt chaser too

    Be careful of the twichy steering, as the wheel is pretty light to the touch

    DND
     
  4. BamaMav
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    Good looking Bird, always like that style. Was looking at one myself a while back but the deal fell through.
     
  5. Lebowski
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    I always liked that style too. That's why I bought one several years ago....

    1 \'62 T-Bird 031.jpg
     
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  6. Bugsy48
    Joined: Feb 26, 2010
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    A tune up & fluid change and time for a test drive, it looks GREAT !
     
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  7. Chrisbcritter
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    Nice to see another Rip Van Winkle waking up! Just curious: Why 15s instead of 14s? Tire availability? A friend of mine has a '63 Lincoln and he switched to 15s (and '64 wheelcovers) for that reason.
     
  8. GNon18s
    Joined: Jan 13, 2013
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    from Pa

    Thanks for the kind words. I have heard of the HAMB police, I was hoping I make it at least 48hours on here before they jump on me for something, LOL.
     
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  9. GNon18s
    Joined: Jan 13, 2013
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    from Pa

    I preferred the look of 15". I could have sand blasted/repainted the 14" that were on it but two were different widths (for the snow tires I guess).
     
  10. GNon18s
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    I hooked a battery to it and with my fingers crossed I hit the power window switch. All the windows go up and down with little or no help. I didn't dare hit the starter but so far most of the electrical stuff has been coming to life on it's own. Hell, the radio came on and started playing through the single 6x9 in the dash as soon as I turned the key!
    [​IMG]
     
  11. GNon18s
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    from Pa

    You are 100% correct, sir. So far the cars biggest problem is the smell inside the car from mice. I had to tear into the interior right away and found under the back seat must of been the largest mouse hotel in town. The carpet, ect. went right into the trash can. I kept thinking I was going to get sick a couldn't wait to get that job over with. I have already ordered new carpet and seat covers.
    [​IMG]
     
  12. Great find, cool car, wishing you the best on this family car, watching!
     
  13. cfmvw
    Joined: Aug 24, 2015
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    That is cleaning up nicely...keep us posted, I want to see how this one turns out.
     
  14. Squablow
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    Looks great and a neat family heirloom story. I used to work at a T-bird only restoration shop and I have worked on many of these cars.

    One thing I'll say is if your power windows are working good now and as long as you have the interior out, take the time to grease your regulators and the gear that runs off of the motor. It's a plastic gear and they are known to strip out easily, and they're kind of expensive. Dried out grease will destroy them.

    Good luck, be sure to update!
     
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  15. Ford blue blood
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    Love the Bullet Birds! Had one I rescued from a falling down garage only a mile from my place. Worth evry minute of work to bring them back to life, especially one that has been in the family! You have a gem, regret having sold mine.....
     

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  16. GNon18s
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    Thanks for the heads up, I'll give those regulators some attention.
     
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  17. GNon18s
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    from Pa

    Look at the shine on that one you had!
     
  18. BuiltFerComfort
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    Since you used SOS pads, you scratched the chrome down to base metal (tiny scratches you can't see) and it will start to rust - so protect all chrome from now on with good thick paste wax.

    If you do that I think the HAMB police might let you off with a warning - this time...
     
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  19. I worked at a gas station in High School. When the '63 cars came out late in '62, one of our regular customers bought a '63 Sports Roadster. He brought it in for regular service, and for washing. Since I was just a kid, I got the job of washing it. I can tell you that there was not a square inch of that car that left the station untouched. I loved that car! :D
     
  20. T&A Flathead
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    Great story. Make sure your son is in on cleaning it up!
     
  21. Yes cool story.....think the Landal was a rare model in the 1961-63 line up.....seen more of them in later years....good luck with getting it back on the street !
     
  22. y'sguy
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    It's looking good I bet that paint buffs out nice.
     
  23. Okie Pete
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    WOW cool story . Glad you had the vison to buy the car and get it road worthy again. Just a quick question when the radio started playing was it a current AM station ?
    Chrisbchritter the 15" choice of tires is because if a car owner ever decides to install disk brakes the 15" wheels will clear the new brake calipers . I did the same thing on my 57 Fairlane with the thought of modern brakes in the near future .
     
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  24. PoRodder
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    from St. Louis

    I think it's my favorite, too. I think the design is somewhat insired by the space race and i lust for that interior trim. The way the dash and console gleam, look like a thunderbird from the back seat is genius and always makes me smile. Nice buy!
     
  25. Jimmy2car
    Joined: Nov 26, 2003
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    from No. Cal

    Sorry about your Gram. Great car. What's a cinder?
    Jim
     
  26. Yutan Flash
    Joined: Aug 6, 2008
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    from Gretna, NE

    Champagne Metallic with a black Landau roof has been a combination I've liked for quite a few years, but was interior black leather (assuming it's interior code '86') or black vinyl (interior code '56')? Total Landau production for '62 was never documented, but from my research on two history books on them as well as being Vintage Thunderbird Club International's registry maintainer and current Technical Director, I estimate that roughly 1 out of every 6-7 (roughly 15-18%) of '62 hardtops are Landaus (body code 63B/VIN model code 87).

    Since nobody's steered you to any groups dedicated to this car:
    http://vintagethunderbirdclub.net/club_info.htm

    and sign up for their Forum/Bulletin Board, which is a wealth of info for owners/restorers/modifiers:
    http://www.vintagethunderbirdclub.net/phpBB3/index.php

    Personally, I would try to preserve it as much as possible and be very sparing with the modifications, but that's the way I roll.
     
  27. Cinder block.

    Sent from my A520L using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
  28. Thor1
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    I agree with a couple other posts in this thread - this is an amazing picture. If I were you I would get a big print of this picture and I would title it "Legacy" or maybe "Generations" and I would put it in a place of honor in my house.

    Hell...thinking about it, I might do it anyway even though it isn't my story or my car...that is an amazing photograph.

    [​IMG]
     
  29. ratman
    Joined: Jun 15, 2006
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    Very cool car but then I am biased
     
  30. Rot 'n Kustom
    Joined: Sep 24, 2004
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    Great story, great car. Best of fun with it!
     

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