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Looking for some help on '57 T-Bird I am looking to purchase. Please provide any information on vin# d7fh213250. Thank you.

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Someone will certainly tell you that it's not a VIN, it's a serial number, but we know what you're asking.

The beginning "D" signifies the engine option. In this case, the 312cid Thunderbird Special that produced 245hp and had a four-barrel carburetor. The "F" means it was built in Dearborn, and the "H" signifies the body type (Thunderbird). The rest of the numbers are sequential.

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Thank you for your reply. The tag containing the serial number is in the engine compartment. Should there be a plate or tag in the door jamb?

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Can you share where the car is? We might be able to find someone near it to go look at it for you if you are not close enough to go yourself. My husband and I have done that a few times for folks. The last time was for a T-Bird as a matter of fact. :)

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Hi-I've owned and restored 8 56 and 57 Birds over a period of 15 years. The 57s are the best of the 3 years and have the highest sale value. They did rust quite substantially if operated in snowy weather in the rust belt areas. I have seen many Birds for sale at Carlisle and Hershey which had very poorly done rust repair and this leads to bad door fit as rust usually is in the front of the rocker panels under the doors. Outer and inner rear 1/4 panels are the other area to look over carefully. As the cars aged, weatherstrip shrank and floors got pretty wet especially with the softopp. A magnet will tell pretty quickly how solid the body is and how much plastic is in the usual rust areas.

The powertrain components are fairly durable and reasonable in cost to restore. Plenty of reproduction parts are available.

Having done quite a bit of rust repair to 3-4 Birds, I would never again buy one which needs a lot of rust repair.

They're fun to drive and handle better than the standard passenger car their mechanical components are sourced from but a good many bolt on engine parts are unique to the Bird..

Lots of literature is available to do a top notch authentic restoration.

I'm too old to enjoy getting in and out of a T-bird any longer.

Martin Lum

former 57 Bird owner

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Thank you for your reply. The tag containing the serial number is in the engine compartment. Should there be a plate or tag in the door jamb?

The serial number tag is supposed to be attached to the left front body pillar below the upper hinge opening.

The plate in the engine compartment is the Patent Plate, and is supposed to be located on the dash panel in the engine compartment. It consists of the serial number, and codes for the body type (obviously T-bird), exterior paint color, trim scheme and the production code.

I believe the D-code engine only came with the automatic transmission (w/overdrive), so if it's anything other than that, it's not correct. There will be no plate on the car explaining what production options should be on the car.

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