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  1. "It is better to aim at perfection and miss it than to aim at imperfection and hit it". Thomas J. Watson, Sr. President of IBM How do we define perfection in auto restoration? For example, is it giving a 1965 Mustang a perfect paint job that would look great on a new Rolls Royce or one that has orange peel and drips at the bottom of the doors the way it came from the factory? I submit that the orange peel paint job is the one that achieved perfection. I think it is worth considering. There are certain endeavors that demand perfectionism. I want the pilot of the airplane
  2. The same thing can be said about Florida cars, except there you have two coasts to deal with.
  3. In my opinion this car would be a decent deal at that price if it were on the east coast. This is assuming the car is rust free, which it most likely is if it was sold in Arizona and then lived most of its life in San Diego. I bought my car from a west coast T-Bird seller and had it shipped east. Although it wasn't quite as rust free as I had hoped it was still in a lot better shape then most east coast cars you see. The biggest benefit is that the bolts underneath the car aren't all rusted, making it a whole lot easier to work on. If you want to see where most east coast T-Birds rust, pick up
  4. Not a bad looking car for the price. The hardtop is not correct (55s did not have portholes) and vinyl covered roof was not an option. Being a California car is a definite plus, little problem with rust. Appears to be lightly optioned, with only overdrive, which was a option. The power seat was standard in 1955. The interior door cards and upholstery are incorrect, although they look in reasonable shape. As for legroom, I am 6'2" and have all the legroom that I need. The telescoping steering wheel is a definite advantage in gaining more room. I should also point out that the interi
  5. They are available on Ebay. You can also check with Prestige Thunderbird and Hill's to see if they have them. The bumper guards are available from Concours Auto Parts for $895, ready to bolt on your bumper. The good news is that all the parts are available, just not at a cheap price. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird Colonial White
  6. Took my test in my parents' Java Green 1965 VW Beetle. It was great for parallel parking and I passed the test on my first try. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird Colonial White
  7. The blower Bentley makes a cameo appearance in From Russia with Love. In Goldfinger, Q tells Bond that the blower Bentley has been put out to pasture and he will now be issued the Aston Martin DB5. Although never seen in the movies, Felix Leiter was said in two of the books to own a Cord and a Studillac. Ian Fleming was a car fancier who owned a 1955 and 1956 T-Bird. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  8. There are several other factors at play with the early T-Birds. They have been popular from day 1. Owners kept them on the road longer than the typical 50's family car. Almost 30% of the cars were sold in California, meaning a lot more of those cars survived due to the lack of salt on the roads. They were great looking cars when new and still are today. They photograph well from all angles. They have a great parts network today. It is true that the 1958 4-seater car outsold the 1957 by about 15,000 units, mainly because its seating capacity appealed to more buyers. That is why the original Mu
  9. Tell him if he wants that kind of warranty he should go buy a Zippo lighter.
  10. Of course there is the 12,000 miles or when you drive it out of the driveway, whichever comes first.
  11. And how many AACA Senior Award Winners?
  12. There is a table in the Ford Parts Catalog book that decodes it. The first year of manufacture starts with A for January, B for February and so forth. The second year of manufacture starts with N for January. The letters I and O are deleted. Besides the first year Mustang, the 1957 Thunderbird had a 15 month production run and therefore they got into using second year numbers. I'm sure there are other examples. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  13. Just like Doan's pills, good advice from someone with experience. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
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