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  1. Very cool...and it doesn't look at all like a hearse. Not a practical production car, I suppose, but it looks good if you like the concept. (I'm ignoring the channeled body, lowered chassis and other typical customized features that I generally don't like on most old cars.) Okay, as of now - 3:19 pm Central time, 3/6/19 - the T-Bird wagon has 70+ bids up to over $19,000, so other people like the idea, too. I think if it had been better executed it might've been higher (I agree the interior was lacking...and then some.) About an hour and a half left in the auction.
  2. I think you're right. The only sporty production "wagon" I can think of in the US that had any presence in the '60's/early '70's was an import: the Volvo P 1800 wagon. I did actually see them now and then back in the day (and even more recently), but according to wiki only 8000 were made during their two or three year production run. But I still think they look great. A nice looking collectable in my mind. Looks like the T-Bird's odd rear window may have been inspired by this one.
  3. So do I run 4 gallons of straight EvapoRust in my cooling system, or mix it half and half with anti-freeze?
  4. Those are real good points. It could be that the typical early '60's T-Bird buyer was trying to distance himself from the station wagon market as much as possible, given that there were so many of them back then. This brings up another question: 55-57 Safaris and Nomads are almost universally admired by '50's car collectors...but how well did they actually sell when new? I rarely see the Safaris (only once in person.) I know they were a lot more expensive than your standard Pontiac/Chevy 2 door sedan or HT. If they didn't sell that well when new, that would also explain why Ford never pursued a T-Bird wagon.
  5. I'm enjoying all of the opinions! Some real good points. I agree, it's a distraction. But I'm wondering how that look would've been received by the public back then, a couple of years before the Vista Cruiser...and well before the third generation of T-Bird had become a vintage collectable (and was still seen as something new and different.) I know that the second generation of T-Bird starting in '58 was a big disappointment to the two seater fans, with many of them saying, "That's not what a T-Bird is!" (Many still say it today.) But what happened to the sales in '58? They went through the roof...the three years of the second generation outsold the three years of the first generation by a factor of four to one. The Ford designers tried to take the T-Bird to different functions and markets, like with the four door sedan in '67. No, the '67 4D wasn't a great seller, but it wasn't horrible either...it still outsold the first generation by quite a margin. The 1960's was the heyday of the station wagon, and Ford was the king of the station wagons, so could an ultra sporty wagon in the spirit of GM's great Safari and Nomad models have sold? I don't know...maybe if they had put wood paneling on it! 😃
  6. 😁 I agree about the rear window. One of the few thing I don't like about the car visually, and the kind of stuff that's too common on most cars that are modified into a different body type.
  7. Normally I'm not crazy about the Cadillacs and Corvettes that have been turned into El Caminos or wagons, but Penske PC-7 put together a very nicely done Corvette panel delivery (pics posted the other day elsewehere on this forum) and then I found this '62 T-Bird on Ebay that was so aesthetically pleasing (to my eye) that I wonder if Ford could've actually sold something like it. What do you think? Would anyone have bought this Thunderbird if Ford sold it back then? One of the reasons I'm not crazy about these modified cars is that they often look cobbled or chopped up, but sometimes - like with this T-Bird (or the Vette panel delivery) - the lines seem to flow better. Unfortunately, however, I think that's the exception more than the rule. I think this car has a Vista Cruiser top, but to me it's kind of in the spirit of a Nomad. Almost looks that classy. I can't tell from the photos how well executed it was, but it seems well conceived if you're receptive to such things. I'm sure many Thunderbird guys probably hate it, but the wagon guys may really like it. I'm both a Thunderbird guy and wagon guy. Mostly interested if you think it could've sold. I think Ford did try to put together a concept car along these lines. (Don't worry...I won't be doing this to my '65 Thunderbird.) https://www.ebay.com/itm/1962-Ford-Thunderbird-Custom-Wagon/382816261025?hash=item5921a093a1:g:HvAAAOSwkGJcebj0:rk:1:pf:0
  8. Sounds like evapo-rust is an awesome product/. I might just have to give it a try first. Since my car is mostly a fair weather car...and I just put a brand new heater core in, I'll leave the heater unconnected while I run the stuff through my system. Edinmass, I certainly appreciate your enthusiasm for the product and for making the effort to educate me about it. I really benefit from the experience of others. 😉
  9. I never knew there was such a thing. The "infamous" is certainly self explanatory.
  10. To me, there is something incredibly cool about a tri-5 Chevy (especially a Nomad) that doesn't have a $15,000 paint job. I guess it's the rarity of it. Thanks for posting pictures of this beast. Incredibly cool.
  11. Mercer09, I actually have no problem with letting the car sit for weeks. I was just saying that most flush products seem to be designed for everyday drivers that don't have the option of being out of commission that long, so they end up being a little too corrosive. Thanks for your input, I thought vinegar might be a good option. Marty, I'll probably just disconnect the radiator hoses and plug them. Is there a way I should neutralize the vinegar residue after it's drained from the jacket? Or will additional flushes with water do the trick? Also, for the purposes of flushing, there's no real need to use distilled water, is there? Thanks for the heads up on evapo-rust, folks. I'd never heard of it ! If additional research on it is positive, that's probably the route I'll go eventually, but I'd first like to address and treat the rust in the jacket separately from the radiator and heater core.
  12. For an engine still installed in a car. I've used some of the flush related products, but have been concerned about leaving them in the cooling system too long ( concerned they might be too corrosive and damage gaskets.) Now I'm starting to wonder if white vinegar could be an option? Anyone ever used it? I've never heard of anyone using it, but I know that it's an effective way to remove rust that's less aggressive than some of the caustic materials which are designed to complete the job in a few hours instead of a few days or weeks. I should mention that I'm not thinking about cleaning the radiator or heater core with the vinegar...just the jacket. If vinegar won't work, I'd appreciate other ideas. Thanks. - Jim
  13. I agree with you charlier. It isn't a very logical way to do things. Some people may still opt to do it, however. In their mind, it's the modern way to do things, so it can't be wrong. Musicians I've known would buy expensive instruments online, and I thought that was weird, too. All they could think about was the good deal they got compared to local stores...rather than if the big purchase they made got them the right instrument.
  14. YAY! I finally started and ran my car after completely rewiring it, and everything worked great. At this point, it looks like I did things like they were supposed to be done. Many thanks to those of you who gave advice help and education! Car running well, too - I was a little worried that the gas would be bad since I haven't started it in ten months, but it seemed to be fine. The temp gauge and fuel gauge got fried when the ign. switch shorted out last year, but I figured that would be the case before starting it up today. I've found a replacement temp gauge, but I think the fuel gauge will be harder. Any ideas about the fuel unit are appreciated. Question: I've found out that I will be able to reuse my original light switch knob because Ron Francis was able to sell me a blank shaft (without a knob) that I can mount the original knob on (so YAY to that , too.) Problem is...the original knob is still attached to the original shaft, and I don't know of a way to get it off without damaging it. The original shaft won't work with the new unit. Any ideas how to get the knob off the shaft without damage? Seems like it's epoxied on or something. It's on tight. The link below approximates my original knob and shaft, though it isn't exactly the same. The knob is plastic, and while it's fairly sturdy for being so old, I'm worried about cracking it by using too much force. Can't find original looking'54 replacement knobs on ebay, but if you can tell where I can get any, I'd appreciate it. Dennis Carpenter offers a wide selection but nothing for '54. https://picclick.com/1955-1956-1957-Ford-Thunderbird-Headlight-Switch-Knob-391956997092.html#&gid=1&pid=2