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My Bird - Stage 3

Finally had the shipping company deliver my Thunderbird on 1-15-17. I'd bought her from a place in Washington State, near Seattle on 12-13-16, it was a bear to get her here... about 1900 miles. But she's here now!

She arrived FILTHY beyond any car I've ever had! There's a bunch of sand on the underside I need to spray off. I think it's from the snowy journey the car had on the back of that trailer!



But I put some serious effort into her, and I'm getting her up to my standards. She's already a good platform to work with, only 82K, no wrecks or other issues, driven by an older couple, good service history.

These were taken at my mom's house....









Still need to install the new stereo, waiting on some parts to fix stuff and I need a car cover... OH and I need to register it and get her personalized plates "N8S-BRD"...

Glad I found this forum, it's fun to share and see what other's are doing with their T-Birds!

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"She arrived filthier than any car I've ever had."
I wish I could say the same. I once found a mouse nest in the bellhousing of a tbird donor car. I suspect the mouse was the fuzzyskeleton I found ground into the interior.

Looks like she did clean up well. Have you compression tested the engine yet for peace of mind?

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Havent, barely driven her yet .
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Wow, that's a really clean 1st gen. Usually anytime I see one of those that hasn't been enthusiast-owned most of its life it's rusted out and/or pretty run down. Nice find, looking forward to seeing what else you do with it!

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I am surprised how well it cleaned up. How long did that take
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Hours, with more to go.
The dirt came off easy enough, but there's acid rain damage to the paint and windows too. I used an orbital polisher and got the paint (need to do the roof one more pass), but I've yet to get the glass clean, NOTHING takes those spots off. Paint thinner, alcohol, vinegar, steel wool & comet, carb cleaner, oven cleaner...no effect.

I'm still trying to figure that problem out. The paint took about 4 hours of using a polishing compound, then waxing the entire car afterwards, but it was worth it!
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Almost got her registered today, but I'm missing some paperwork from the dealer... oh well, next week then.
The work continues:
**New rear shocks (some dummy put the rubber grommet on the driver's side in upside down!)
**New stereo
**Dash cover
**New tires
**New horns







She still needs a new windshield or windshield polish, the remaining glass polished, and better floormats!
Then she's ready to roll!!
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The chrome fan blades and RWLs look great on it!

I'd lose the mud flaps.
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Thanks!
I don't know I kind of like the black against all that white. Funny, but the new tires are wider, so I don't think the flaps will do much anymore.
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Coming along Nate, looking good!

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Coming along Nate, looking good!

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Great to see you bringing this one back to life.

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Very nice job. Dang, would have been happy to drive it out for you. I'm in Spokane and Mom/Sis family in Lawrence, KS.

May be residue from Pine tree or Dutch Elm. Common here and nasty. If Acetone and a razor blade won't get it off will need to replace windshield.
Looking forward to progress photos.
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Your glass could have hard water staining. A cleaning product called "Lime Away" might remove it.

I would read the label carefully it may warn about painted surfaces.

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used CLR, nothing....
used vinegar..paint thinner, comet, brake cleaner, acetone, carb cleaner ,alcohol, polishing compound....nothing...
getting some glass polisher from EBay...we'll see................


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used CLR, nothing....
used vinegar..paint thinner, comet, brake cleaner, acetone, carb cleaner ,alcohol, polishing compound....nothing...
getting some glass polisher from EBay...we'll see................


If you haven't done so, try a clay bar. I'm going to try it too. It appears to work. Can you clay bar windshields?

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there's some cerium oxide powder you add water to, makes a pasty polish for glass.... that's what I ordered.
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Today I painted the wiper arms (got REAL confused putting them back on, more on that in a bit!), and I painted the black door trim on the B-pillar.


Black bumper paint works the best





Then I did the B-Pillars... Probably shouldn't have done outside, there was some overspray but I got it off...even light winds will carry paint!

Scruff it up to make the paint adhere better.


Tape her off

Driver's side was a little easier, I could open the door all the way...

Once done, I ran some errands, click the picture to make it larger





The 1st thing I did when I got the car delivered was redo the plenum plaque to make it shine, it was all pitted and the black paint was coming off




She's getting close to being done, need new or polished windshield, I've got custom floor mats coming, and I need to swap the passenger power seat motors around again....and then remove the water stains on the rest of the glass....

Lots of work, but I love it!!!

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When I was put the wiper arms back on I lined up the notch on the splined shaft to the notch on the wiper arm, put it back together and the wipers didn't work... Tore all into the cowl, found nothing wrong...........then.................it occurred to me.................the wiper arms have no notch!......I didn't need to align them.

Turned wipers off to their base position, then put the wipers in the lower position, and it all worked... a DUH! That was a brain fart big time!!!!
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Looks great man!

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Thanks! Lots of work, but tons of fun!
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Thanks! Lots of work, but tons of fun!
roughly, 3,800 lbs. worth. Great job. I hope the cerium oxide paste works. I have a 4" scratch on my windshield in my line of vision. I was scraping over spray with a razor blade when the blade caught a microscopic piece of grit imbedded in the glass. At the time I didn't know how effective and safe it would have been to use fine grit steel wool.

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I've read of some companies that polish, then apply a resin like coating when done, to fill in pits and scratches. I'm going to look into that first... A new windshield is ~$300, not looking to spend TOO much more on the car...
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Outstanding job !! Hope the paste works. Reads like the best option.
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Insurance should cover glass if you need to replace it.

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Looks really nice. What kind of floor mats did you go for?

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Looks really nice. What kind of floor mats did you go for?
Some online site, will have a silver thunderbird logo in each front. I'll post a link, these are custom fit for ~$80'ish, was $130...

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Sounds good. I'd like a nice pair for mine, but we can't get them over here, and getting them shipped over from the US would cost fortune as they're fairly big.

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You are running 235-60/R15 tires, correct?

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