1963 FORD THUN­DER­BIRD

New Zealand Classic Car - - Meguiars -

Hav­ing been pur­chased from a desert state — Texas — and then dry stored for nearly 20 years, this Thun­der­bird was in good shape from a body per­spec­tive, but the me­chan­i­cals had de­te­ri­o­rated due to non-use to the point that it needed a full over­haul to get things re­li­able again. This wasn’t dif­fi­cult as the ve­hi­cle was a good run­ner when it was parked up, ac­cord­ing to the cur­rent owner, who trav­elled over 3000km in the first two weeks of own­ing it — a fair way across Amer­ica. Some parts were ob­vi­ously in need of re­place­ment, like the sus­pen­sion bushes up front and the car­bu­ret­tor, re­place­ments be­ing pur­chased in the US, and although only the car­bu­ret­tor was fit­ted State­side, the rest of the bits stayed in the boot whilst the car was stored in One­hunga. In the last three years ev­ery­thing has been re­built, from the en­gine and trans­mis­sion right through to the orig­i­nal clock and ra­dio. Re­ceipts to­talling over $40,000 are avail­able, and the owner’s time amounts to about 1500 hours. The only part that didn’t need at­ten­tion was the dif­fer­en­tial, as th­ese Ford units are nearly in­de­struc­tible. The in­te­rior was pro­fes­sion­ally re­trimmed, the body stripped and re­painted, and new rub­bers were fit­ted to the wind­screens and doors. The sus­pen­sion was re­fur­bished as well as the air con­di­tion­ing, power steer­ing, brakes, elec­tric seats and win­dows. Ev­ery­thing works from the boot light to the door lights. The ve­hi­cle was re­stored with an em­pha­sis on orig­i­nal­ity, right down to a de­cal set on the en­gine and NOS parts from the US for the en­gine bay. The car needs a new set of wheels to re­ally set it off — while ser­vice­able the chrome on the ex­ist­ing wheels is now look­ing tired. This ve­hi­cle has never had a boot-kit fit­ted, and although the boot has been painted and is tidy, it would ben­e­fit from a set of ma­te­rial in­serts. The old boot kit is there, and the jack and brace are as orig­i­nal.

Whilst the front bumper has been rechromed and all the trim on the car pol­ished, the rear bumper has not been rechromed as it is in pretty good orig­i­nal con­di­tion. The car comes with a clean man­ual, as well as pho­to­copy for the work­shop, and match­ing paint (two-pack Dupont) in case of touch-ups, as well as a few

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small parts and spares from the rebuild. Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes an elec­tric driver seat, elec­tric win­dows, power steer, power brakes, an AM/FM ra­dio, hy­drauli­cally-op­er­ated wipers, a two- or three-speed se­lectable trans­mis­sion and, of course, swing-away steer­ing. The Thun­der­bird drives beau­ti­fully, and an un­der­body in­spec­tion (the car lives in a me­chan­i­cal work­shop equipped with a hoist) and test drive is en­cour­aged. The owner can de­liver any­where in New Zealand if ex­penses are cov­ered. Price is $55,000, ne­go­tiable. Call Greg, ph. 021 776 796.

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