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V8 Thumper
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posted 08-08-2003 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A guy I met at a show last weekend has a '63 Thunderbird vert, 390 tri-power with a/c. He claims that this combo was only factory installed in 10 cars... is this true??? It's got 60,000 original miles, drop dead gorgeous

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MLariviere
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posted 08-08-2003 11:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
People say anything at car shows. If you buy,make him prove it.

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bford
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posted 05-06-2004 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bford   Click Here to Email bford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That would have to be documented to be believable, It could be, but he needs backup for that claim.
I thought the only tripowers were on the 406? but I'm no expert

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Gunny
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posted 07-20-2004 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gunny   Click Here to Email Gunny     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
here are the actual production numbers (and original cost) for the 63 Thunderbird

TOTAL PRODUCTION: 63,313
Hardtop 42,806 ($4,445)
Landau 12,139 ($4,548)
Convertible 5,913 ($4,912)
Sports Roadster 455 ($5,563)
Limited Edition Landau 2,000 ($4,748)

I am always leary when someone states thiers is only 1 of 10

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KULTULZ
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posted 07-20-2004 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ   Click Here to Email KULTULZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There were THUNDERIRD 390 TRI-POWERS that year. They had a unique intake manifold as compared to the ones used on FORD/MERC. The cast aluminum air cleaner sported a THUNDERBIRD emblem.

I am betting on what he meant was that only ten were assembled with both the TRI-POWER option and factory A/C.

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I am looking for information concerning factory performance/aftermarket speed parts (1958/1960) used on the MEL (Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln) (Also Thunderbird 59/60) Engine Series (383-410-430-462) produced from 1958 thru 1968.

Also older FORD Special Service Tools

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KULTULZ
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posted 07-20-2004 07:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ   Click Here to Email KULTULZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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I thought the only tripowers were on the 406?

No. The first use of a TRI-POWER (6V) on an FE was 1961 on the 390/375HP (4V). The assembly was put in the trunk for dealer installation and upped stated HP to 401HP.

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