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cobrajeff
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From: White Lake, MI, USA
Registered: Sep 2004

posted 01-18-2005 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobrajeff        Reply w/Quote
This was the first new car I ever bought -

It's a 1978 Thunderbird "T-Roof convertible". 1978 was the first year for the T-Roof in the T'Bird, and, as soon as I found out about it, I went down to the dealer and ordered one. 400 CID engine, trailer tow package, power everything.

This is what it looked like after I got it ready to tow my Pantera:

I had the Pantera wheels machined to fit the 'Bird, made some special center caps, and painted them to match the 'Bird.

When my wife got pregnant with our second child, I replaced the beautiful Thunderbird with a '78 Cougar station wagon.

I've had several Ranchero's of that vintage, and always dreamed of making a custom Ranchero that incorporated the T'Bird's front end sheetmetal, the T-top, and "basket-handle" style roof treatment.

Saw a late 70's Ranchero at the Pomona Swap Meet many years ago that had the 'Bird front end on it - it looked pretty sweet.

cobrajeff

393Bird
Gearhead

Posts: 188
From: Clarksville Tn.
Registered: Feb 2004

posted 01-18-2005 05:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 393Bird        Reply w/Quote
Nice Bird. I have had several Birds and Mustangs, and seem to always come back to the Birds. With the under powered, overed priced one they make now, guess I will go back to Mustangs again. The ones that I had, and liked the most were my Black 59 with a 430, the sky blus 62 convert, and of course the 93 I have now.

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1993 Tbird
393 stroker, 3500 RPM converter
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Moneymaker
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From: Lyons, IL, USA
Registered: May 99

posted 01-18-2005 05:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker        Reply w/Quote
That ain't big.

My 76 Bird was BIG !
460, leather, dual power seats, am-fm 8 track, and a moon roof that was bigger than most of todays cars.

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Alex Denysenko
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cobrajeff
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From: White Lake, MI, USA
Registered: Sep 2004

posted 01-19-2005 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobrajeff        Reply w/Quote
Alex -
You're exactly right - the '76 WAS the biggest Bird of them all. That was the biggest, heaviest 'Bird they ever made - sharing a frame and mechanicals with the Lincoln Mark IV series. IIRC, those 'Birds were heavier than a full-size Caddy of the same period. They were real Luxo-cruisers.

393B -
Nice looking ride - looks like you have made a LOT of improvements. When the MN12 first came out in 1989, I leased a "Super Coupe" for my Company (Ford employee) car. It was preceded by an '88 Mark VII LSC, and followed by a '90 Mark VII LSC. The Mark's seemed to have a lot more creature comforts, and, even though they were heavier, seemed to feel like they had about the same level of performance without the "fuss" of the SC'd V6.

cobrajeff

SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 01-20-2005 03:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
Cool! Do you still have it?

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 351C 4V/FMX/3.25 Open
'70 Mustang Convertible 250 I6/3 speed/2.79 Open
'72 Mustang Sprint Hardtop 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Loc
'94 F-150 XL 5.8L/E4OD/3.55 Limited Slip

cobrajeff
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From: White Lake, MI, USA
Registered: Sep 2004

posted 01-20-2005 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobrajeff        Reply w/Quote
My Marks and my 4-seat Birds are all gone.

My 1990 LSC Mark was used in a photo shoot for the Cellular Phone Press Release kit from Ford. The interior B&W shots of an LSC with a phone mounted to the console is mine.

My last Mark was a 1998 Mark VIII. That was a sweet machine, too. Putting the Mark on a diet seemed to make it run even better (I did miss the power pull-down on the trunk, though).

Jeff

Moneymaker
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posted 01-20-2005 07:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker        Reply w/Quote
Although I have had many a cool company car over the years including several Cobras and a Saleen, I still hold a very warm place in my heart for my black Special Edition Mark VII LSC's from 90-92.

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Alex Denysenko
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NHRA/IHRA/SRA member and licensed Superstock driver
NHRA and IHRA SS/LA & SS/MA National Record Holder '00,'01,'02,'03,'04 &'05
First SS/MA in the TENS!
IHRA division 5 Superstock Champion
Fleet of FoMoCo products including 88 ASC McLaren Mustang #28

The Barry of BarrysGrrl

Quote #1: "I never met a magazine mechanic I liked."
Quote #2: "Make sure brain is in gear before engaging mouth!"
Quote #3: "If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch!"
www.moneymakerracing.com

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