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Graeme's sweet 62

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Graeme's sweet 62

Post by DaveG on Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:50 pm

Name: Graeme and Felicity Anderson

Forum Name: Rhinosoft

Country / State:   Melbourne, Australia

TBird Year 1962

Body Type H/Top

Body Colour: Cream, was Wimbelton White originally

Interior Colour: Pearl Beige

Engine: 390: Edelbrock manifold, Holley Street Avenger 670 cfm carburettor, mild Lunati camshaft, full rebuild to look stock but does not sound it and goes well!

Transmission: Automatic

Differential: 9” 3.0.1

Standard Equip; Power steering, drivers electric seat, power windows, air conditioning (not connected), windscreen washer.

Added Extras: Remote central locking and boot release/remote start, extinguisher, electric fuel pump for priming.

Purchased From:

Spent quite a few months searching over 2006; travelled to Brisbane to see one that was not cheap but turned out to be a junker, a wasted trip. Found a nice one in Western Suburbs of Melbourne but decided not to buy. Finally went to Sydney and found my current car. It was what I was looking for, honest but not needing a heap of money to fix it up. There were 2 cars at the place in Sydney, mine and a 63 hardtop which was cheaper than mine. This 63’ is now in Melbourne and the owner is in the Thunderbird Club, that car is how I remember it all those years ago. i.e. untouched.


Modifications:

I have replaced the front brakes with discs off a 66 Thunderbird and 15” wire wheels to suit. Added dual master cylinder and reconditioned booster out of a Torana. Replaced generator with Alternator and starter with a hi-torque version.

Wheels Type & Size.
Reproduction wire wheels with spinners and 15” BF Goodrich white wall tyres.

Work you’ve done or had done :
Rebuild of engine, transmission, power steering pump, balanced drive shaft, new interior, 2” exhaust system, heaps more.


Future Plans
Nothing unless I want to paint it but the 20 footer US paint job is fine for now.


What do you enjoy most about your TBird.
I enjoy driving the car and meeting new and old friends on cruises. I also like that old car smell and the heat vapours after a long run, knowing that you made it home safely but in my case recently I am just glad it got us home!


here's Some Pics of Graeme's Pride & Joy.


Installed new dual master cylinder (HZ Holden) and booster (UC Torana). Note the brace that Mark (mr64tbird) reprofiled for me! Tucked down there is the brake light switch and invisible in this shot the Wilwood Proportioning valve.




Here is a side image of the car without the spats. I don't mind the look actually but since I have the spats they are always on now. This was taken at a town fair, Diamond Creek in 2010



Couple interior shots, sorry about the background! You can spot the little water temperature gauge there, looks pretty good and works really well. I did not have the heart to remove the original radio (works) but on passenger side is a iPod/CD/AM/FM radio which is just attached with velcro so easily removed. Dash has 2 cracks but otherwise not buckled at all, just put a carpet cover over it.


Steering Wheel is a PearlCraft item, looks and feels good. You can just under the heater controls see the plaque that shows the original owners name, I think that's where it was originally installed?



Bits and pieces found in the console and other places including the original owners plaque, 'James R Smoot'.



Wide angle lens close up, makes it look 20' rather than 18' long.


Might not be too long until I have car registered on club plates, $700 is too much!


Showing the spats back on, this was taken in 2012 at Phillip Island, Thunderbird State Nationals.
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Re: Graeme's sweet 62

Post by Giobus on Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:56 pm

Hi Graeme,

She look real nice, love the 'Pearl' steering wheel.

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Re: Graeme's sweet 62

Post by BulletBird on Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:11 pm

Nice work Graeme.
She is looking good. It would be great to have some bulletbirds get together this summer and go for a cruise.
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Re: Graeme's sweet 62

Post by jptbird on Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:55 pm

Love the colour combo Graeme....and the sexy pearl steering wheel.
I vote for Spats on.

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Re: Graeme's sweet 62

Post by DaveG on Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:24 am

Hi Graeme
I'm with JP I like the Spats, and that Pearl wheel is amazing.
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Re: Graeme's sweet 62

Post by 1965bird on Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:52 pm

Man what a sweet looking car. I'm with all the rest, love the pearl wheel and spats. Very Happy 
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Re ; Graemes Sweet '62

Post by Oceanside TB on Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:40 pm

What more can I say ? Ticks all the boxes.
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Re: Graeme's sweet 62

Post by rhinosoft on Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:55 pm

Thanks for the kind words fella's. Since I wrote the original article for Dave last year I have done a heap more to the car.

I will post up some more tech stuff once I get my approval to link images. Just a teaser for you:

- replaced booster and m/c with hydroboost
- new valve covers, lovely to look at and functional
- radio CD under seat
- remote boot release (electric) and remote central locking.

Graeme


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Re: Graeme's sweet 62

Post by jptbird on Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:41 pm

Hey Graeme,
When do the training wheels come off?

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Re: Graeme's sweet 62

Post by rhinosoft on Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:51 am

Thursday then I can play with the big boys!

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Re: Graeme's sweet 62

Post by Kiwibird on Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:31 am

Nice - VERY nice!

i almost bought a Bullet-bird instead of the '66 I did buy - but the Bullet-bird just needed too much work to get it up to scratch (It was $4,500 US and came with a set of Cragers, ran real well etc but needed a full interior and a paint job)

Yours looks good AND has some 'mod-cons' too!
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Re: Graeme's sweet 62

Post by rhinosoft on Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:45 pm

Cheers Kiwi,

I was looking for a 65-66 originally but wife liked the bullet bird shape more, the rest is history.

How are you enjoying Perth, caught up with any other tbird owners there?

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Re: Graeme's sweet 62

Post by Bdastrk on Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:43 pm

Look at that!

Congrats OZ lookin sweet!
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