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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by cruzingratiot, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. cruzingratiot
    Joined: Oct 2, 2008
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    cruzingratiot
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    from Detroit MI

    1957

    parked in 1972
    stick shift car

    as soon as i get the wheels rolling will get better pics outside
    not shure what we are doing with the car ??
    Paul


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  2. tfeverfred
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  3. henry29
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    So no story? you just looked in the garage and now its yours?
     
  4. Rickybop
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    Whoa CG!!! Many congrats!
     
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  5. cruzingratiot
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    story
    friend step dad bought a house he not into cars
    told me there was a car in the garage went to look at it

    saw it said wow i want that not outloud
    she gave a price very reasoniable
    bought it
     
  6. Rickybop
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    Well, you know...he's gotta bait us a little and just wet our appetite. Then I'm sure he'll tell the whole story. I kind of like it like that. It's more...I don't know...dramatic. (in a good way)
     
  7. Rickybop
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    Not sure if I remember. What year for the portholes? '56?
     
  8. GaryB
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    very cool find,little more story and some pics would be great.
     
  9. Rickybop
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    Had to google it. Not to say it wasn't added. What year CG?

    Note on Portholes:
    ~All hardtops on the 55 thru 57 models are removeable hard tops.

    [SIZE=+1]~No '55 came stock from the factory with the portholes in the hardtops. [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=+1]~Portholes were added to the hardtops with the production of the 1956 models. Many hardtops for '55s were converted to porthole tops. [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=+1]~The stock '55 hardtop had a Ford Crest emblem on both sides. [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=+1]~A non-porthole '56 top had no emblems placed on the hardtop. [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=+1]~The 1957 T-bird hardtop was also available with or without portholes. The '57 non-porthole hardtop had the new Thunderbird emblem in a small disk; the same style emblem that is on the steering wheel of the '57. [/SIZE]
     
  10. Not sure what to do with it?

    Might I suggest an FE big block and top loader 4-speed for starters!
     
  11. cruzingratiot
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    forgot to take pics of the motor here are some more
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  12. '57, the best looking year of the three.
     
  13. GaryB
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    a 57 ,the prettist of all the small birds,nice score
     
  14. partsdawg
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  15. arkiehotrods
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    What to do with it? Sell it to my wife. The only antique car she likes is a '57 Thunderbird and it has to be black.
     
  16. cruzingratiot
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    yes
     
  17. Rickybop
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    Looks like it's missing the slanted trim and the script on the side of the front fenders? Look around the garage or in the car for those.
     
  18. cruzingratiot
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    the hubcaps were in the trunk ,the fenderskirts were in the rafters
    i think one of the trim pieces was in the glove box
     
  19. Can I borrow your horse shoe? HRP
     
  20. Terry Buffum
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    Given his luck thus far, when he opens the hood it he will probably find a factory McCulloch blower.
     
  21. TexasSpeed
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    Man.. I want that thing. Congrats! I was unaware T-birds even came with a stick. I assumed they were all automatics.
     
  22. what is it with people buying houses and just happening to find some type of 57 ford in the garage/barn that has been untouched since the 70's i need to start buyinmg houses i guess LOL
     
  23. blue 49
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    My boss had one that was a stick he was trying to restore but it had some of the manual parts missing. He searched all over the country and couldn't find the missing parts. He ended up setting it up as an automatic. Must be very rare.

    Blue
     
  24. olscrounger
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    Nice find--friend just bought a 57 with a stick and dual teapots, Black car with white top--kinda cool car for sure--good luck with this one !!
     
  25. EliteS&C
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    Wow! That's one of the best barn finds I've seen in a while! Congrats on a GREAT score!
     
  26. woodbutcher
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    :D Well now.I do declah.Some folks just have ALL the luck.:cool:
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
    Leo
     
  27. mustangmike6996
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    wow. thats awesome! i love the 57s
     
  28. Stormin' Norman1
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    Nice score. Really like those mid '50's T-Birds and with a manual trans. Interesting to find out how rare they really are. Like to see some engine pics. Thanks for sharing.
     
  29. fab32
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    He didn't look in the right places. Ebay has stick conversions and parts listed most of the time and there are suppliers out there that specialize in '55-'57 T-Birds. When I got my '57 from Harms Way here on the HAMB it didn't have a hard top. Ebay yielded one out in Pennsylvania listed by a guy who had 10 '55 -"57 'Birds (been collecting them for years). I asked if he happened to have any stick shift conversion parts and he went over to one of his shelves and showed me two complete setups. A crisp $100 dollar bill and a old worn out $50 and one of the conversions was in my truck for the trip back to Michigan. The stuff is out there but you have to look.

    Frank
     
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