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Post by Wigg on Sat Jan 18, 2014 2:57 pm

Hi my name is John I am restoring a 64 hardtop. Both my wife(Sue) & I are in our 60s', have 4 grown up kids , 11 grandchildren & 3 Great grand children. I own a dog who is like another kid spoilt rotten. the bird isn't registered yet as we are still working on it. So far I have reconnected all the wiring the whole car, had some of the chromework redone, new upholstery & am at present stripping the paintwork off the car (all 7 colours of it. We thought we might start getting out & start to meet a few people before the t-bird is finished. We noticed that a few of the thunderbird owners meet over at the BP Eastlink; where abouts in the servo do you meet please? Cheers John Wiggett
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Post by lowxr on Sat Jan 18, 2014 7:36 pm

Welcome to the forum, I'm sure you will find these guys as nice as I have!
Have you got any photos or details on your 64?

Cheers, Dylan.

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Post by Giobus on Sat Jan 18, 2014 10:01 pm

Welcome to forum John,

We aren't a bad bunch here with plenty of other Flairbirds, as Dylan indicated post some photos of your car.

See you soon !!

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Post by DaveG on Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:59 pm

Hi John
Welcome mate, we get over to BP Eastlink outbound on the second Sunday of each month, There is a Macca's there we park out front, you should find us ok we've just had January's Breakfast and there were approx 60 cars there so just look for the TBirds.there are usually a few of us. Dave Next Breakfast is Sunday 9th February.
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Post by Wigg on Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:35 pm

We went over & checked out the KFC yesterday for lunch. Sue came back & checked out the forum again & seen the jetscar flyer & read it properly. Looking forward to coming over on the 9th to get to know a few of you. Giobus thank you for the info on the breakfast will definitely be there.
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Our 64 T-Bird as we purchased it.

Post by Wigg on Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:12 pm

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car today getting it ready for respraying.

Post by Wigg on Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:16 pm

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Original upholstery whoever had it had painted the seats with a paint brush also interior panels on doors.

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Post by DaveG on Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:24 pm

That's looking good John,
What colour have you got in mind.
You could go the latest custom look and just put clear over the bare metal. But i'm sure you're not about to go that way.
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Post by Wigg on Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:31 pm

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Post by Wigg on Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:18 pm

Hi Dave Sue here we are going to paint one shade difference to what is was when we bought it.
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Post by DaveG on Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:22 pm

WOW that interior looks very nice, well done
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Post by DaveG on Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:25 pm

Wigg wrote:Hi Dave Sue here we are going to paint one shade difference to what is was when we bought it.

Hi Sue
That should look great with the White interior. Really looking forward to seeing the finished product, another Top notch Flairbird in Melbourne.
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Post by Wigg on Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:32 pm

John & I spent 2 years rebuilding a Skyfox Gazelle that was tipped over in a freak storm at the International Air Show in 2009 and had a fair amount of damage done to it. We enjoyed working on the plane together along with a mechanic friend of ours that when the T-Bird came up for sale we decided to buy it as John has always wanted a 64 bird. He is doing an excellent job on the repairs which is something he has never done before. His mate refuses to help him (only if he really gets stuck) he will give him a hand or advice. He told him if he fixes it himself he will know what to do if he breaks down or whatever. So far he has learnt rewiring, spray painting, fibre glassing & sanding all new to him. It was nothing to go outside & find John & dog in the boot or inside the car one working the other keeping him company. I am proud of John's efforts he has done a great job so far and am looking forward to him getting the car on the road so that we can spend our weekends together.
Thanks Dave it is actually a very pale blue/grey color with a darker blue trim. The door panels are the lighter color on top then the lower part in the darker blue. Roof lining will be the blue/grey color.
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Post by Wigg on Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:33 pm

We hope to have it finished in time to take it to Mansfield in march.
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Post by DaveG on Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:40 pm

Hi Sue
Great effort and John (and the Dog) are to be congratulated, several guys on this forum have undertaken similar rebuilds but I'd say in almost every case there has been a background of fiddling or totally rebuilding cars in thier past, so to take on a job like this with limited car restoration experience is a very gutsy effort.  I remember speaking to a gent at Gembrook I think it was probbably 2 years ago he owned a Plane but was thinking of buying a Thunderbird. I'm wondering if that might be John.
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Post by Wigg on Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:54 pm

That is funny Dave as John rang me before to say he had just got a message on his Phone with the pics on it. I mentioned that you had commented & he said that he thought you had a burgundy & white car he thought & he had spoken to you up at Gembrook a couple of years ago.
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Post by BulletBird on Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:48 pm

Welcome to the group John and Sue, will be looking forward to see updates of your build.
Cheers Arthur.



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Post by DaveG on Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:04 pm

Wigg wrote:That is funny Dave as John rang me before to say he had just got a message on his Phone with the pics on it. I mentioned that you had commented & he said that he thought you had a burgundy & white car he thought & he had spoken to you up at Gembrook a couple of years ago.

Aha there you go......... It is a small world..... Welcome to you both
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Post by Wigg on Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:10 pm

Thank you. Were you with a group of owners standing at a teal colored t-bird by any chance?
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Post by Giobus on Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:25 pm

Hi John & Sue,

Love the interior !!

You are doing an amazing job on your Thunderbird, I had such enjoyment during the restoration of BING my Thunderbird.

See you on the road soon.

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Post by DaveG on Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:02 pm

Wigg wrote:Thank you. Were you with a group of owners standing at a teal colored t-bird by any chance?


Yep that was me. The teal one belongs to Neil Dean. I think Chris who owns a Samoan Coral (Pink) 64 was also there. and Terry Black with a Red & Black Desoto or some such NON Thunderbird, Cant recall who else.

Here is Neils car from that very day, parked next to Terrys later tBird.

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Post by Wigg on Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:02 am

That's the one I went off & had a look around & John was still with you all when I came back. I think we are going to Gembrook this year also that is of course it hasn't been on already.
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Newly upholstered interior door panel

Post by Wigg on Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:04 pm

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Post by TBirdKev on Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:11 pm

Wow that looks cool, Very nice car.

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