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Projects New Daily Driver - Squarebird

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by guthriesmith, Oct 9, 2020.

  1. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 1,323


    That color is so nice on that Thunderbird..

    Last edited: Oct 13, 2020
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  2. Thanks for all the compliments guys! I really need to do some work to this thing, but am having too much fun just driving it...

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  3. TrailerTrashToo
    Joined: Jun 20, 2018
    Posts: 720


    You need to drive it all weekend so the gas in the tank is fresh for the Monday commute:)
  4. Good idea Russ! :cool:
  5. Masticate
    Joined: Oct 10, 2020
    Posts: 1


    SQUAREBIRD, I haven't that in a while. Nice.
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  6. 4 pedals
    Joined: Oct 8, 2009
    Posts: 721

    4 pedals
    from Nor Cal

    Nice car!

    I miss driving an old car daily.

    Do you get snow where you are?

    Joined: Jan 7, 2016
    Posts: 2,026


    Does it have A/C and if so, does it work? I tried zooming in on the writing beside where it says "Special" on the dash but couldn't see it very well.
  8. We might get snow one or two days in the year. It’s a pretty good climate for driving an old car daily.
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  9. Yes and yes. It won’t freeze you out, but it does cool decent.
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  10. Well, we are halfway through about a 100 mile drive today to go race go carts and the modified left exhaust manifold came apart. Lol. I figure I have a few of these things to find before it is a good reliable driver. I stopped by Steve Cook’s shop in OKC on the way and wired up the exhaust. Still sounds like crap, but at least I can get it back home. :D

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  11. Nice! But, they won’t bolt up to this motor. :oops:
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  12. edcodesign
    Joined: Mar 30, 2007
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  13. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 20,192


    I like it Jeff.
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  14. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,541


    I like it. If it's going to be a real daily driver, I don't think I'd repaint it. Once you tear it down for paint and start digging into all the "might-as-well" stuff you'll end up with another unfinished project. It still looks good enough in a picture to leave it alone.
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  15. Yea, I know you are right. I plan to just get the mechanical stuff in good order as far as just some little stuff. Then, I might want to recover the seats. Paint is last on the list and would be a quickie likely... Although...I sure do like this... :cool: The fact that I used to be a custom painter tends me toward something like this... But, it will be quite a while at least until after I can get my boys projects done.

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  16. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,541


    I hear you loud and clear on that. My '57 Chevy is the same way, when I was putting it together I kept telling myself this needs to be a car that can get left in the grocery store parking lot without any worries, just leave the old crap paint on it (not nearly as nice as what's still on your T-bird) and one browse through pics of custom '57's really pulls at my heartstrings to give it some wild paint job.

    The T-bird certainly would look amazing with a wild panel job done to it, no doubt, and I also have no doubt you could pull it off. But that's not it's purpose.
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  17. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 13,088


    Congrats, Hard to get any kooler than a square bird. What a kool Blessing you have received. Very deserving and she found a good home. I can not wait to see it.
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  18. Kan Kustom
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 2,635

    Kan Kustom

    I am so jealous! I am sitting at home making sure the grandkids are on their computer doing school work for some teacher that is getting paid to not have too. Grrr !!! What a great view over that hood !
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  19. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,248

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    I hate squarebirds so much that I love them... Does that make sense? I really do love them.
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  20. Thor1
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
    Posts: 1,489


    When I was little, my dad had a '59 Tbird that had a highly modified engine in it. I can remember his other hot rod buddies all talking about how fast it was. These Tbirds are pretty heavy so they won't come out of the hole very well but on the top end they can flat out fly. As I understand it my dad's would bury the speedometer and then some.

    My dad's car was a light metallic blue with chrome reverse wheels. It looked really nice.
  21. Your lucky. You will find more choices and a cheaper price.(I’m guessing 302)
    ...and you won’t have to deal with the broken exhaust bolts that plague the 352.
  22. Jrs50
    Joined: Jun 4, 2019
    Posts: 81



    I don't understand some people, what do they think?
    I have a cool car that looks pretty nice so I'll go find the ugliest wheels that will bolt on and I'll take those.
  24. Big time jealous here, I love those cars!
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  25. Had to get a pic with the sun going down. I spent this evening taking the exhaust manifold off and hope to either find one that will work better or get it fixed tomorrow. Also found a screw in one of the tires. I’m ready to drive this thing to work, so need to get these little things knocked off the list.

    Amazing how many have stories with these old birds. Thanks for all the comments and sharing stories. Hoping to make some memories soon with this one.

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  26. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 20,192


    Snag the wheels off the 56 and see how that changes things. It needs a rest anyway.
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  27. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 1,323


    If you ever open trailor that car be careful. The aerodynamics of that car make it lift up when being open trailered. I read an article about the dangers of open trailering 58-60 Thunderbirds in one of my antique car magazines from the seventies. They showed a bunch of pictures of 58-60 birds smashed up because they actually flew off the flat bed or open trailer....
  28. Wow...that is definitely interesting. I suppose I would have never even considered something like that although I hope to not need to put it on a trailer either. That does help me justify being redundant with a couple straps on each end though when I do put cars on a stretcher.
  29. Yea, I have considered just that. I also have the original painted wheels with some radial wide whitewalls off my 56 that I thought about throwing on it to see how it looks as well. The only problem with those is that the tires are older than I would want to run daily. It would at least let me see how it looks with taller tires.

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