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1957-59 Ford retractables-fun to own or too many problems?

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On ‎6‎/‎5‎/‎2019 at 11:15 PM, victorialynn2 said:

For the record it’s coral dusk. 😆 I can’t imagine my dad admitting he drove a pink car. 

Thank you for the compliment. 👍

I stand corrected. ;)

 

Cool car, though; IMHO, 57 is the best looking year, and the period finish makes it all the nicer.

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31 minutes ago, KongaMan said:

I stand corrected. ;)

 

Cool car, though; IMHO, 57 is the best looking year, and the period finish makes it all the nicer.

Agree. My favorite Skyliner year and the color is just fine with me. 👍

Dad has cars of all colors, mint greenish Rampy, yellow Bronco, etc... it was a rainbow of cars. 😂 He always tried to keep them as original as possible. 

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Here is a picture of the screw jack in situ. Also Pictures of the Retractable at the car show I went to. 

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6 hours ago, mike6024 said:

Here is a picture of the screw jack in situ. 

 

What is situ? I'm familiar with stfu but they're probably completely different.... :o

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"in place" or "as operational".

 

What I want to know is what is the seventh motor for ?

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13 hours ago, padgett said:

"in place" or "as operational".

 

What I want to know is what is the seventh motor for ?

Not sure but there is a specific one I believe just for the flip down portion of the top. 

 

See @JACK M. Retractables always look like that. I think once the owner turns their back, they relax into this pose on their own. 🤷‍♀️

 

@mike6024, that car is coral sand. That is the color mine is supposed to be, however with the color on the top. It was painted over with the Tbird coral rose of that year, which I actually like better. I do like the coral sand also though and that’s a nice one. 

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Imagine the designers of the retractable coming back to a car show today. "We designed that car to look good as a hardtop OR and convertible. And were so proud of the job we did. Why are they all sitting there in mid position?"

 

Kind of like Raymond Loewy looking at a row of Studebakers with the hoods up.

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Fun to own, but you need decent mechanical restoration (years of crappy filling station patchwork will not get you were you want to be going) matched to some patience and $. 

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On 6/4/2019 at 2:14 PM, Matt Harwood said:

It might be reliable today and fail tomorrow. I bought a '62 Thunderbird Sport Roadster two years ago and made the seller put the top up and down twice before I paid him. Great! Took it home and the minute we tried to put it down for photos it croaked. $2000 later, it was working again. I just sold a '65 Thunderbird to a guy and told him to leave the top alone. Nah, he put it down as soon as he got it off the truck, put it up and down to show it to his neighbor, put it down to go to dinner, his wife complained so he stopped to put it up, then drove it to work the next day with the top down, put it up in the parking lot, took buddies out to lunch and put it down, put it up to park after lunch, put it down to drive home, and pulled into the driveway and decided to wash it, so he put the top up and it stopped halfway with the trunk open like a parachute that wouldn't fit into his garage. He sent me an angry message telling me the car was junk and I had to pay for the repairs. He used up about five years' worth of top operation in less than 24 hours. I pointed to the big, bold letters in the operating instructions I gave him that said LEAVE THE TOP ALONE.

 

 Think of it this way: it was designed for perhaps 1000 duty cycles. After 60 years, it's probably on 987. Every cycle after that is a miracle from God.

Had a 61 Tbird conv't.  It was always like rolling the dice.  It never completely failed but boy you were wondering. Man was it slow.  I bought an original roadster tonneau for mine and a good car cover.  If it rained unless it was a monsoon you just went faster.  Top went up in the fall for storage and down in the spring for the summer.  Only once put it up at a gas station under a canopy because it was raining. 

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On 6/13/2019 at 7:39 PM, 60FlatTop said:

Kind of like Raymond Loewy looking at a row of Studebakers with the hoods up.

 

Awesome!

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It's kind of like a salute when you get a bunch together.

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(BCA 1977 Strongsville, OH Nats)

 

 

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They are beautiful cars, and will always draw a crowd when raising or lowering the top. Several years ago at the Newport Hill Climb there was one with the top stuck half down. The guy was looking for help to get it down so he can drive home. Before long there were six or eight of us shade-tree mechanics, myself included, with tools and voltage meters.  It seems they draw a pretty good crowd trying to fix them also!

 

We were checking voltages and trying to jump the switch. We were trying to jump the individual Motors. I think we eventually loosened a bar or two and got the thing folded down into the trunk so he could drive home. I hope he found someone to fix it correctly after that...

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1 hour ago, JACK M said:

 

It looks like the photos were taken at the Forest Grove Concourse.

They were. This is a Realtor in Beaverton. I know he is or Was barreling cancer. I know him from work, but not well. 

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Just had to jump the lid switch on my 35 year old Maytag. Works fine now.

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