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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-05-2000 08:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...and the design is starting to grow on me.

I wish they had built more power into it.

Also, there should be tail fins like on the '55-'57 birds. That would have really looked cool!

And if they had used shrouded headlights like on the '55-'57s, it would have been a winner. {again}

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Joe Clutch
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posted 11-13-2000 05:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joe Clutch   Click Here to Email Joe Clutch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:

And if they had used shrouded headlights like on the '55-'57s, it would have been a winner. {again}

They could be 'frenched'..

Ah, maybe not. I don't remember if the lites are round. :/

Now, after opening my fat mouth, I must go look.

[This message has been edited by Joe Clutch (edited 11-13-2000).]

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-13-2000 06:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, they are round.

The new T-Bird looks a lot like the early Corvette.

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MLariviere
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posted 11-13-2000 09:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just leave the body alone! Do the work under the hood. Get it to move. Don't make it a retirement sports car.

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Dad Vishus
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posted 11-21-2002 08:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dad Vishus   Click Here to Email Dad Vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I went to look at one, I said to the sales guy, If you put in the Lightning motor and a 6 speed, I'll be interested.

I agree that they should have just gone all the way retro. Just duplicate the 57. I've always been hopelessly in love with that body style. Its really quite different from the 55 and 56. The headlight pods are more oval and the grille is more modern looking. The tail fins were to die for. Perfect size, shape and slant.

The 57 had several performance options also that I don't think were available on the previous years. One was a 312 with a McCullough centrifgal blower another with 2 4 barrel carbs. I'm not 100% sure about the transmission options. I know there was, of course, an automatic and I saw one with a manual 3 speed on the floor. The manual was likely a 3 speed with overdrive as that was popular then.

Have you all guessed by now that the 57 was my fav?

Anyway, I like the new ones, but they are so close to the 57 in bodystyle, yet so far.

Red is the only color they should have made the 57s and so far that is the best color I've seen on the new version.

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Rory McNeil
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posted 11-22-2002 02:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really like the new Tbird in black or turquoise, with the turquoise interior. It`s too bad that Ford priced the car so high, outta my price range. If they would have used a 4.6 or 5.4 mod motor, It likely would cost less than the 3.9 Jag. engine they did use. They look soooo cool!

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SHOsiris
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posted 02-26-2003 12:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SHOsiris   Click Here to Email SHOsiris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When it comes to power, look into what Lincoln is up to with the LS. Since it's the same engine, I bet you'll find go fast goodies for the 'Bird soon.

Also, Ford has promised an SVT version of the car since the concept. They built a supercharged version already, let's hope it sees production, Corvette may have to face the thunder once again.

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68 S-code GT
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posted 02-26-2003 07:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw a red one with black interior the other day in a showroom and thought it looked pretty sharp. The only thing I really didn?t like was the instrumentation. To me it looked like some paper plates with number on them.

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BlueMule
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posted 02-26-2003 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlueMule   Click Here to Email BlueMule     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dad Vishus:
When I went to look at one, I said to the sales guy, If you put in the Lightning motor and a 6 speed, I'll be interested.


I like that idea. Too bad it would probably twist it so bad that the doors wouldn't stay shut and the windshield would pop out.

Maybe a 4.6 from a GT would warm it up enough (if one of them could be stuffed into it).

The entire concept of is cool but a little more of the old bird should have been included. (imho)

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posted 03-02-2003 03:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CAPTAIN CLAMHEAD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS? AIN'T THAT TOUGH ENOUGH WAS A GREAT TUNE.

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posted 03-03-2003 08:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlueMule   Click Here to Email BlueMule     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by CAPTAIN CLAMHEAD:
DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS? AIN'T THAT TOUGH ENOUGH WAS A GREAT TUNE.



Their only one.

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Rory McNeil
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posted 03-03-2003 11:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Years ago, I bought one of their cassettes, just because it had a red 57 Tbird on the cover.Didn`t care all that much for the music, but the tape is still in my collection. Is that strange or what?

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-03-2003 01:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BlueMule:

Their only one.


Don't forget 'Wrap it up, I'll take it!'

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posted 03-03-2003 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlueMule   Click Here to Email BlueMule     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You're absolutely right. I stand corrected.

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-Paul

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posted 03-03-2003 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
Don't forget 'Wrap it up, I'll take it!'


Originally recorded by Sam and Dave.

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posted 03-03-2003 11:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73trials   Click Here to Email 73trials     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Moneymaker:
Originally recorded by Sam and Dave.



Sam Smith and Dave Gibson?!?
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