How do you tell if a squarebird is a real convertible?
Posted 18 August 2011 - 02:56 AM
Can anyone tell me what to look for to verify this is a real convertible? Thanks for any help, Randy
Posted 18 August 2011 - 11:42 AM
Anyway, the patent plate should show the correct body style for a covertible. The body type should be 76A. If it isn't, then you have a bogus convertible.
Posted 19 August 2011 - 02:26 PM
Posted 19 August 2011 - 02:56 PM
As long as the car you are looking at has the correct patent plate and all the correct parts it is most likely an original car. Of course, be sure when you look at the car that all of the panels match, with correct gaps between panels, and that the doors close properly with the top down and the car on an uneven surface. If they don't it probably won't be a good candidate to buy.
Posted 21 August 2011 - 03:05 AM
All things considered, if a SquareBird convertible was so far gone that all that was salvageable was the top and associated mechanisms, I suspect it would be a very unusual situation.
Posted 21 August 2011 - 01:59 PM
Posted 24 August 2011 - 11:38 PM
There are some that are easy to detect, the 'Parade Convertible' comes to mind where the top is merely removed and little or none of the convertible mouldings are evident. These have no top frame. The more elaborate have an operating top frame and show a high degree of craftsmanship where top brackets and quarter window surrounds are welded to resemble factory production. Sometimes these conversions are a better solution than a rusted patched true convertible.
Posted 25 August 2011 - 01:50 AM
Posted 27 August 2011 - 04:08 PM
Posted 27 August 2011 - 06:07 PM
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Posted 27 August 2011 - 06:54 PM
I will talk to some of my "Big Bird" friends and pass along any more information that I run into.
Posted 27 August 2011 - 08:42 PM
Besides the inner braces in the rockers. Are there any other thing to look for??
Posted 29 August 2011 - 12:23 AM
I did talk to a friend of mine who owns 2 square birds and he is aware of hardtop to softtop conversions. It usually happens when the front of the a convertible is damaged enough to be totaled but the back is intact. Or it also happens when the convertible is really rusty but the hardtop isn't. I still haven't changed my mind about it being a dumb thing to do, but it does happen.
Posted 29 August 2011 - 12:38 AM
As I mentioned just trying to cover my bases.
Posted 29 August 2011 - 12:25 PM
I too am concerned about the lost patent plate. I would feel more comfortable with the purchase if you could locate one of the places in the car where the number is stamped to verify that it is the same as the title. Since you have owned a '57, I'm sure you are aware that there are three places on the frame where the VIN is stamped and that number should match the patent plate. I'm sure Ford did the same thing with the squarebirds, I'm just not sure where it was stamped.
Good luck and let us know what you decide to do.
Posted 30 August 2011 - 12:54 AM
Of course someone couod have cut this area from a convertible and welded it into a HT. The welding would be detectable to the trained eye however.
Posted 30 August 2011 - 02:09 AM
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