last year, i found this 1987 thunderbird for 1400 bucks. It had 95,000 miles om the clock. its the base model with the 3.8, and it runs like a champ. i did all the stuff that gets neglected on cars (shocks, struts, tune up, exhaust and a flush, fluid and filter change for the trans). brakes are next, and when warm weather starts, i can begin adressing some cosmetic issues.
Since the only place I have to paint is outdoors, well, you can imagine the bodies stacking up around here (no, not human).There's an '81 Ford flareside waiting for the final color coat and some clear. Then there's the '63 Ford, '55 Chrysler, '69 Dart, '62 Pontiac and '66 Fairlane all awaiting the same fate. Warm up, dagnabbit.
One of my sources is Collectible Automobile, especially when they profile, say the '61 Pontiac and they have old photos of clay models from the styling archives. Stuff like this is just full of ideas that were good but rejected due to complexity or cost.
Now having said this, it seems as though another reason cars appear the way they do is the fact that so many government regulations have dictated what should and shouldn't be on a car.
Hardtop rooflines?? Forget it! Pointy tailfins?? Not on your life!
Yet we get such far out designs (Nissan Cube anyone??) at times that I don't know how they got out of the styling department's board rooms. It would be nice for car designs to be a bit more daring and not be ugly, and yet still be distinctive from one another, than for the appearance to be nothing more than a mundane account of the styling department's time. Of course we know that styling is subjective..............jus' sayin'.........
Just my 2¢............
We can't forget focus groups- usually a bunch of pensioners with nothing else to do on a Saturday afternoon...
Not a fan of Barrett- Jackson. All it ever is can be thought of like this- tri five Chevies, Chevelles, 'Vettes and more Hemi muscle cars than Mother Chrysler ever produced. I had to laugh when some poor schmuck paid 55 large for a '50 Suburban which meant it sold for more than the '57 Thunderbird that preceeded it. I'd much rather watch reruns of Top Gear UK because its hysterical and I get to see something different in terms of cars.
Got this for Christmas and I'm pleasantly surprised. There seems to be a few more variants on this kit. The chrome tree has the Paxton blower for the F code 312. I'm hoping for a Ranchero and (I may turn blue holding my breath) a '58 Edsel wagon. You can use a lot of the custom bits from AMT's '57, and that beatiful stock grille from Revell's offering will spruce up the Fairlane. A few oddities, however- the carbs are molded to the intake and though there is a heater under the hood, but no controls on the dash. The interior us a reall plain jane office, with good engraving and decals for the door and seat upholstery and the speedometer.. Mine's becoming a mild custom- I should have some in progress pics up soon.