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Ford Thunderbird, Coupe, Convertible
Oct 20, 2001 (12:06 pm)
I don't think the power seat included a recline, at least not on the driver's side. I'm pretty sure recline became an option on a lot of cars, but only on the passenger side.
#51 of 59 Ford Seat Back Angle Adjustment
Oct 20, 2001 (6:43 pm)
The 67 Galaxie XL I have has the Thunderbird bucket seats in it. There is a way you can adjust the seatback angle on these seats.
If you flop the seatback forward, look at the bottom of the seat. There is a bolt and a locknut. You can adjust the bolt in and out to set the seatback angle. Obviously, it can only set while the car is not moving.
It does nothing for the seat bottom, however.
#52 of 59 Thunderbird Seat Comfort etc
Oct 25, 2001 (9:41 am)
I own a 65 T-Bird Hardtop with the 4 way power drivers seat - fore/aft and up/down are the only adjustments. There is no power adjustment for seat or backrest angle. As previously mentioned, the backrest angle can be adjusted manually although I find the range of adjustment fairly limited. Seat comfort is less than ideal in the front.
The car makes a reasonably good straight line cruiser with a relatively smooth if not a bit wallowy ride. I have a reprint of the original Ford features and specifications manual for the '65. It lists a staggering curb weight of 4650 lbs for the hardtop and 4768 lbs for the convertible. According to the manual, its a unibody. Turns at even moderate speeds make the tires howl - it's definitely not built for handling.
Mine has 93k miles on it and other than some recent brake work (new calipers and brake hoses) I haven't had any major problems in the last 3 years. All accessories (including the clock and trunk release) still work. It is important to note that it does not have power windows or vacuum locks. I have heard that these can be quite problematic. Build quality is pretty good for the 60's -it is still relatively free of squeaks and rattles.
Oct 25, 2001 (9:52 am)
That remote trunk release was a rare option yet it doesn't have power doors or windows.
I've only seen a couple without the windows and locks and it seems to me that at least half I've seen had air conditioning.
Oct 25, 2001 (1:44 pm)
Hard to find on a '65 T-Bird included a reclining passenger seat. You could spot these because they had a adjustable headrest.
Power vent windows.
AM-FM radio...not stereo.
Ultra rare, cruise control...I've seen one.
Couple of other things now I can't remember.
#55 of 59 cruise is rare?
Oct 26, 2001 (9:45 am)
I know they pushed it in ads quite a bit on the 66, the switches were on the (newly redesigned) steering wheel. I would think a luxury car like this would be easy to find w/cruise. Maybe the 65s didn't push it. I don't think I've seen too many power vents. What about power passenger seat, was that even offered back then? I think 66 was the first t-bird to offer 8-track, anyone seen one?
#56 of 59 Cruise was VERY rare on '65's
Oct 27, 2001 (9:44 am)
It was rare on all cars back then.
On the 65's the control was mounted on the center console. No power passenger seats.
And, yes, 8 tracks were an option on the '66 T-Birds and were fairly common. Funny thing was with the 8 track you only got an AM radio.
Another thing I remember, the 64 and 65's looked SO much better with the rear fender skirts removed! Most people pulled them right away and dramatically improved the looks of the car.
To do it right, it was necessary to take a wrench and remove the attaching pegs.
#57 of 59 what about rust?
Oct 27, 2001 (6:52 pm)
Do t-birds of this vintage typically rust badly?
#58 of 59 Early Cruise Controls
Oct 29, 2001 (9:34 am)
On some car you set the speed on a thumb wheel and then pressed a button to engage it. My Grandfather had one on one of his Imperials in the 60's. He took great joy in setting it at 40 and then dialing in 70, the secondaries would kick open and the car would take off like a scalded cat.
#59 of 59 My first car
May 23, 2002 (5:08 am)
My parents bought new 64 Bird for me on my 16th birthday. It was a great car. It weighed maybe 5,000 pounds, and sat on these skinny bias ply tires. I didn't know any better so I wasn't bothered by it's handling. It was a very solid car.
The only thing that drove me nuts was it's single piston air conditioner compressor. The thing would vibrate the entire car. You could tighten the belt but the vibration would return in a couple of days.
I remember that everything from the air conditioner to the rear vent was controlled by air pressure. I can't imagine having a 35 year old car with plastic lines running all over the place controlling everything.
But all in all, the Bird is one of the few cars that I owned that I wish that I had kept.