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Winston Salem, North Carolina
United States


 

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1969 Ford Thunderbird Landau (69tbird)

Last updated Mar 18, 2012  

Photo of a 1969 Ford Thunderbird Landau (69tbird)

About

I got a 'gift' of $2,500 from my parents in 1990 and started looking for a 4 door Thunderbird. I really wanted a 1968 because of the full width taillights but found this 1969 one with 116k miles on it. The 4th owner had it sitting for over a year and I bought it for $1,200. It needed tranny work, power windows work, new tires, muffler / exhaust work, etc. The rear quarters were shot (rusted) but I had new ones put in 2003 when it was repainted and the old stock sunroof installed. I found the sunroof in a donor car from a local junk yard for $50. I cut it out with a chisal and hammer (with 2 friends-rat crap and all). It works great (needs a seal kit). The mileage at March 2012 is 136k miles and it is running good with NO rebuild. It is a BIG car and gets around 10 mpg but runs good. I have never regretted buying it and enjoy driving it at least once a week (in good, dry weather).

Specs

429 cu in V-8, 360 hp, over 300 lbs torque
117 in. wheelbase
I have driven it up to 90 mph but never to 100 (yet).

Factory Options

Manual A/C, Tilt Away steering, Cruise, PW, PL, Trunk Release, Styled wheel covers, Am-8 Track Radio, Brougham interior, Reclining Pass. Seat, Safety overhead console, Power Antenna

Mods

Right hand factory door mirror, fiber optic light monitor on rear parcel shelf, factory sunroof out of donor car, door edge guards, factory floor mats, changed Diamond Blue/ Platinum paint color to Brittany Blue
New carpet, seats redone, Dynamat insulation (under new carpet), New original Cayman grain vinyl top from SMS, armrest repairs to both front doors (hard plastic breaks over the years)..