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The Bird... is the word. 57 T-Bird

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I always loved the body style of the 57 T-Birds and wanted to build an early street machine version of one. I built this using the AMT 57 Thunderbird kit. Paint is Tamiyas Yellow Pearl over Tamiyas white primer then coated with Testors Wet Coat. Mags and tires are parts box finds. New axles were made using weld wire to bring the wheels out to a correct position. The sneaker pipes are from AMT's 49 Ford. Taillights are from AMT's 56 Ford as are the traction bars. Windshield frame and headlight brows are from a vintage issue of the 57. 

Overall it was a fun build however, the windshield did not want to cooperate no matter what glass or frame I used. 






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Looking good! All of the Ertl reissues (1989-up) have newly tooled clear parts. Another larger issue with the newer (1979 Vega$ and up) reissues is the relocated bumper mounting tabs to accommodate the Continental kit bumper extension. It sits the bumper around 3/32" too low on the body. One workaround around is to shorten the mounting posts on the body, then put spacers between the bumper mounts and the chassis to keep the body height correct.

Unmodified below. Note gap.


Post 1979 bumper on left. Older bumper on the right.



Original issue bumper on car, current issue center, Craftsman version in foreground. You can see the fit is much better.

Current bumper with modifications to fit.


Your Bird is pretty cool. The mods are very tasteful. Stance is great. If that gap bothers you, the fix is easy.


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