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Old 04-16-2006, 10:00 AM
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Wife's New Ride

Well, I finally found a new ride to fit my wife's 5'2 frame. It is a 57 T-Bird that has known nothing but covered storage since 1960, when purchased by second owner. My friend bought it from him in 1980 and moved it to his body shop where he changed the color from the original silver paint and black interior/top for red to red interior and black top. While there, he replaced a quarter panel that had been damaged by the original owner and the body mount braces he thought were beginning to show some of the usual rust. Since he is 6'3", he only drove the car about 150 miles in the 26 years he has owned it (his kneels come up around the steering wheel and he could only get in the car with the top down.) This is about as fine as an unrestored T-Bird you can find, but it is a Plain Jane: 292 motor, 3 speed manual, manual brakes and steering, no air or power any thing, and the radio is missing. The engine bay needs a bit of touch up (I am not sure about the brass radiator tank) For an old guy that is not going to build any more rods, this is an easy touch up project for me and maybe will get the wife to crusing with the rest of us.

By the way, 55,502 actual miles. The first owner evidently enjoyed his new bird.

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SWEET!!

Right radiator but should be painted black.

One spoiled wife!
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Old 04-16-2006, 10:38 AM
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No, Barry. One spoiled old man!!

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Looks like an awsome car. My brother and I did one for his wife a number of years ago (she is about 5 foot) and it was a lot of fun. She still has it and it is amazing the attention it gets!

I like them, though they were made for the shortest of our population, that is for sure.

She has been driving it now for hmmmmm, OMG, for TWENTY YEARS. HOLY CRAP, I did that car TWENTY YEARS AGO, my God time flies! It was a RUST BUCKET. Replaced floors, inner and outer rockers, one quarter, wheel house, deck lid, patches all over, etc. Anyway, it still looks damn good. My point was going to be he has recently gotten an orig hardtop that he is restoring so she can drive it in the rain as well. Even though it has the an original softtop fully restored it has been hell keeping it from leaking (a fast drip is as good as it gets).

Now SHE is spoiled, this is her sunny day car. Her daily driver is a SUPER nice red 65 Mustang fastback with a late model 302/od tranny. Looks perfectly stock with orig wire wheel covers and such, VERY nice car.

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Wow, What a nice ride. I think I would be afraid to drive it.

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Go get em Trees!
Thats a sweet ryde. If the wife dont cruise with ya I bet you can get one of the guys to test it out. Nice find. Hg
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Word of the day: envy.

Very nice Trees, enjoy!

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SWEET! Now if I could only get the wife to buy ME something like that......
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one question (that I'm sure you don't want to tell) HOW MUCH? I'd say $25K..
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SWEET! Now if I could only get the wife to buy ME something like that......

AMEN! Somebody have a mop?

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Very nice!! A set of T-bird finned aluminum valve covers, three deuces and that engine bay would look just right. Oh, and I'd just shine that brass radiator.
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This thread is a bit old, but I just picked up the Bird today. Beautiful day after all the cold rain so I took the Tundra and tow dolly over the mountains to East Tenn and picked her up. I stopped beside the Bristol Motor Speedway to check the wheel straps and snapped a couple of Pics with the Speedway in the back ground. In one, you can just see "Thunder Valley, the Bristol Drag strip. I have a shot of the wife inspecting the car and a couple with it parked between the pair of 36s. Soon as I get them photo shoped to size, I'll post them. She is pretty excited and I'm just ugly excited too.

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with it parked between the pair of 36s.
I was parked between a pair of 36's one time. Makes for nice ear muffs

Sorry...couldn't resist
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Looks like a great find Trees.
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Lemme get this straight, the other owner changed the silver exterior/black interior to red on red.....must be real dweeb

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