1959 Ford Thunderbird (Squarebird) I am representing this car for the Widow of the late owner. He purchased the car about 10 years ago in Mesa Arizona. It has spent many years in the Arizona desert, but the history prior is unknown to us. The late owner did install the engine dress up kit as well as the carburetor. We believe he is also the one that redid the rear end and installed new rear springs. We do not have the receipts for the work. The paint and restoration work were completed prior to his ownership.
Body and paint: The paint appears to be single stage. We buffed and polished the paint and it shines very nice. We do not see obvious evidence of panel replacement or heavy filler. The sides appear straight and not wavy. The chrome and stainless have been cleaned up and show well. One of the door handles is not attached properly. There are nicks and scratches on the car. This is not a show paint job. I would consider this driver quality.
Interior: The front seats are not original, but have been recovered in leather with the rear seat done to match. They are comfortable and fit well. They look to be a GM product maybe from a late model Cadillac or upper trim level Chevrolet. Chrome trim and stainless show well. The headliner is loose fitting.
Chassis and suspension: I do not see evidence of panel replacement but there is heavy undercoating on the bottom of the car. The exhaust has been replaced in the last few years. The rear end appears to have been rebuilt. It is very clean and has no leaks. The springs look new. The car does not sit even. This Tbird does drive and track straight. The tires appear to be old but they hold air and we have driven it about 150 miles.
Engine and Transmission: The A/C compressor has a bearing out and is noisy. Motor runs well. Wires look new, battery looks new, Carb looks like a newer 4 barrel Rochester. Transmission shift properly, and the fluid appears new.
Generally many of the cars I sell have been sitting for long period of times due to a death of the owner. This one appears to have been well maintained and has evidence of current upkeep.
Trim Tag Decode:
V* 352 4V Carb 300 HP
Wixom Assembly Plant Wixon Mi
143778 Production Sequence
63A Thunderbird Hardtop
Paint FE Hickory Tan with Colonial White
Trim Hickory Tan Genuine Top Grain Leather
14E May 14, 1959 Build Date
3-Speed Cruise O Matic
3:10 Rear axle
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