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Ford Thunderbird, Classic Cars
#21 of 65 Re: Classic Dilemma ! [piCARso]
Dec 31, 2008 (6:10 pm)
There are so many...what if you give us a list of cars you might like - that's the most important thing, after all! You'll have unlimited choices these days for $20k, since you're not looking for a numbers matching classic, just a fun '55-'70 car. Do any brands appeal? 2 or 4 doors? Anything you can tell us?
#22 of 65 Re: Classic Dilemma ! [piCARso]
Jan 01, 2009 (2:12 pm)
Well, I'd say you should start by deciding if you want a hardtop or a convertible. A hardtop will cost significantly less and will allow you to get a much nicer car for the money. As an example, a spectacular hardtop would be about the same price as a convertible "with needs". Plus, the on-going maintenance on a hardtop is much less. Finally, on post-less (B-pillar) hardtops, the open air area is so big with all the windows down that you will hardly miss not having a top that goes down.
Just something to think about . . . . . .
#23 of 65 Re: Classic Dilemma ! [explorerx4]
Jan 01, 2009 (6:17 pm)
I still like the Thunderbird look inside and out. The up side is they are plentiful and cheap.Aside from seat comfort(which has been brought into question) the bucket seats look handsome and seem to me ahead of their time compared to other models in the same time period with front and back seats. I like the look of the dash and the layout of the instruments. The downside is rideability and electrical issues as has been stated which is a concern.
The 66' Charger is "BIG", I like it and the price. It is less refined then the 68' which is my favorite year. I prefer the 3 tail lights to the later bar. My boss bought a 69' on ebay, southern car, for $17,000. Two years and $20,000 later the car is still in pieces, needs a complete interior, was riddled with rust and the rear bumper was held on with epoxy. He is wealthy and can afford it but who needs the aggravation. I shiver to think of this happening to me. I need everything done and ready to roll. Thanks for your reply.
#24 of 65 Re: Classic Dilemma ! [piCARso]
Jan 01, 2009 (6:23 pm)
How about this:
#25 of 65 Re: Classic Dilemma ! [texases]
Jan 01, 2009 (9:08 pm)
O.K. Now you are exposing my Achilles heel. My wife aside, I can see myself in a 50's chopped flat black Mercury, an imperfect classic on the surface but mechanically sound. You know what I am talking about, I came across a 56' Crown Victoria on the side of the road last year and while I was looking at it the owner drove up. The for sale sign was crossed out several times and it was priced at $6,000. It had bucket seats and 4 on the floor with a skull shifter. At the time it looked a little scary but now I think what the heck, I wouldn't have to worry about some kid slamming the door of the families SUV into the side at the local food mart. On the other hand I can see myself in a 59' Olds 88, dentist owned, with the wrap around back window. I think the 58 or 59 Impala has the same design. The 59 Ford Fairlane appeals to me. Many 59 automobiles appeal to me. Of course a convertible would be preferred but there is the maintenance. I am open minded, but shackled with a modest budget. Who wouldn't want to own a Corvette but the early ones are out of reach. I worry about drum brakes, oil bathes, 6 volt systems and cars without power steering and brakes. I will profit from your experiences.
#26 of 65 Re: 1958-1966 Thunderbirds ? [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 01, 2009 (10:17 pm)
In defence of the 2nd. Generation (58- 60) FORD THUNDERBIRD & recognizing Manufacture"s of the Day, One only has to do is ------------Exit Stage Left;;;;;; Literally----turn left----NASCAR if you will. Test Bed of Handling ,Brakes,Tires,Performance,Endurance,And Real Stock Cars.The date 2/22/59 Inaugral Daytona 500 Speedway,500 miles,Average speed 135.521 m.p.h.The First Photo Finish,Johnny Beauchamp (car#73),driving a 1959 FORD THUNDERBIRD,And Lee Petty (car#42),driving a 1959 New Oldsmobile. Reference Book, Title: Speed,Guts,& Glory................ 100 unforgetable moments in NASCAR History. Pages 10 & 11 . by the NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling Author; Joe Garner OR D.V.D. Stock Cars Grow Up : 1959-1962 by Steve Waid www.moviecraft.com
#27 of 65 The '68 Cougar XR-7
Jan 02, 2009 (8:15 am)
How much is the asking price? Is this car listed on the internet somewhere? Thanks.
#28 of 65 Re: The '68 Cougar XR-7 [parm]
Jan 02, 2009 (10:24 am)
Nope, not for sale, sorry - I googled it up, apparently it won a class at an Arizona Cougar Club show. Sounds like Picarso is more interested in '50s cars, anyway.
#29 of 65 Re: The '68 Cougar XR-7 [texases]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 02, 2009 (10:29 am)
Let's keep this topic on the 58-60 Birds, okay, so we don't drift off too much.
We have a nice long list of other topics to discuss the idea of choosing a classic car to buy, or we can start up a new topic for this very project!
As for NASCAR and T-Birds, keep in mind that you can make ANY car go fast and handle if you have the skill and the money.
What you saw on a NASCAR track had very little relation to what you drove away from a Ford dealership.
I mean, they even raced Ford Falcons in the Monte Carlo rally and they raced Crosleys at Lemans!!!
You got time, you got money, you got skill-----? Miracles can and do occur!