1969 T-Bird Gallery

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History

Data

Repairs

Work to be done

Links

Catalogs

History:

I purchased this 1969 Ford Thunderbird in the summer of 1988 in Dallas, Texas.  I am the third owner.  At the time of purchase, the vehicle had about 34,000 miles on it.  I have enough repair records from the original owners over the years to show that this is original mileage.  At the time of writing (October, 2001) the odometer has just turned over 50,000.  When I bought the car, it had spent its entire life in the Dallas, Texas area.   Three years after the purchase, in the summer of 1991 I moved back to my hometown of Ottawa, Canada where the T-Bird spent the next 8 years.  It was never winter driven, but it was regularly used during the non-winter months from 1991 through until the end of 1994.  In January of 1995, I moved to southern Germany and the car was left in storage at my home in Ottawa for the next 4 ½ years.  I had not expected to be gone for that length of time so the car was not properly prepared for storage.  A neighbor did start the vehicle every now and then, but for the most part, the car sat covered in a non-heated garage.  Upon returning from Germany in the summer of the 1999, the car was transported via moving van to my home in Morgan Hill, CA where the photographs above were taken.  Since then, I’ve done some work on the car to get it back in shape again and I’ve moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

Upon arriving in California in the summer of 1999, I was able to get the vehicle started quite easily after buying a new battery.  From what I have read elsewhere, these cars have a reputation of starting well even after many years of storage.  The carburetor was quite gummed up so I purchased a rebuild kit (see photos of rebuild) and while that did make some difference I had continual problems with the cold idle.  As well, the gas tank was obviously not all that clean from years of sitting in storage.  In the summer of 2000, I brought the car into Steven’s Auto Works in Milpitas, CA on recommendation of a friend.  There, I had a new Holley 4160 carburetor installed as well as most of the brake system (essentially everything except the master cylinder) replaced and the gas tank was sent out for thorough cleaning.  Since then, the fuel system has been behaving itself, though the Holley carburetor does seem to need its float levels adjusted every now and then.

Data:

Engine:       429 cid

Bore:               4.36 in

Stroke:             3.59 in

Compression: 10.5:1

Horsepower    360

Options: Tilt steering wheel, automatic tilt-away steering wheel, Selectaire A/C with automatic Temperature Control

Repairs:

1.       Carburetor rebuild.

2.       Gas tank sending unit replaced.

3.       Gas tank purged and cleaned.

4.       Clock.

5.       Sequential Turn signals.

6.       Cleaning of rear signal lights.

7.       Headlight vacuum motors replaced.

Modifications:

1.       Sequential Turn signals – solid state replacement.

2.       Clock – electronic.

3.       Electronic Ignition.

4.       Holley Carburetor.

5.       Sound system.

Work to be done:

1.       Repainting.

2.       Oil pan leak.

Links:

Another 1969 T-Bird: http://www.degeneratepress.com/thunderbird/

Thunderbird Ranch (parts): http://www.tbirdranch.com/

Thunder Cars & Parts: http://www.thundercarsandparts.com/

Thunderbird armrest supports: http://www.mindforms.com/fordortbird.html

Green Sales Co. (Old Ford parts): http://www.greensalescompany.com/

Autokrafters (Old Ford parts): http://www.autokrafters.com/indexd.html

Automotive Mileposts (vintage car restoration info): http://automotivemileposts.com/

Vintage Thunderbird Club International: http://clubs.hemmings.com/vtci/

Catalogs:

1.    T-Bird Sanctuary 1967-1971 Thunderbird Parts

9997 S.W. Avery,

Tualatin

OR 97062

Phone (orders): 1-800-275-2661

Phone: 503-692-9848

 

2.    AutoKrafters ’58-’76 Thunderbird

 

P.O. Box 8,

522 South Main Street,

Broadway

VA 22815

 

Phone: 1-800-228-7346