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  • This Date In Automotive and Thunderbird History

    THIS DAY IN AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY

    February 13, 1958.

    Introduction of the four seat Ford Thunderbird, known as the "Square Bird".
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    2002 Ford Thunderbird Premium, Torch Red with Full Accent Red Interior
    2013 Ford Escape SEL (Ecoboost), Frosted Glass
    2018 Ford F150 XLT Sport, Ruby Red Metallic

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    The 1957 did have a long run.
    02 Nieman Marcus-SS htp-f/sil. #165 - 21 states-Dc
    02 TB-TB htp-p/blue acc.-Nancy Gioia-22 states-DC
    03 007-Coral htp-f/white acc. #468 7 states
    03 WW-WW htp-p/red 8 states
    04 VMG-VMG htp-p/white - 20 states-DC
    04 PCR-Ash htp f/ash acc. #101 - 19 states-DC
    04 Merlot- Merlot htp-sand- B. Grassnig-48 states-DC
    04 TR-TR htp-sand 7 states
    04 LIB-LIB htp-p/white 15 states-DC
    05 Cashmere htp-stone #408 -3 states
    05 IG-IG htp-p/white #82 - 48&DC
    05 Dusk Rose-DR htp-cashmere seats - 48&DC

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    • #3
      Nice post Skip..I always liked this model and the convertible was so sleek and low.I always thought the design of the fender skirts could have been made a little different.A bit fuller and deeper low !!

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      • #4
        I also always did love the way that the '58's hardtop folded back into the trunk for storage in convertible mode and the trunk was hinged at the bumper to accommodate that !

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        • #5
          Originally posted by sumoscooter View Post
          I also always did love the way that the '58's hardtop folded back into the trunk for storage in convertible mode and the trunk was hinged at the bumper to accommodate that !
          I believe you are referring to a Ford Fairlane retractable Skyliner

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          • #6
            Originally posted by hippy_mailman View Post
            I believe you are referring to a Ford Fairlane retractable Skyliner
            You are right, however the 1958 Thunderbird convertible top did fold back into the trunk like the retractable. Trunk lid was hinged at the back and came up and then a package tray folded out, then when the top was down the deck lid came back down.
            02 Nieman Marcus-SS htp-f/sil. #165 - 21 states-Dc
            02 TB-TB htp-p/blue acc.-Nancy Gioia-22 states-DC
            03 007-Coral htp-f/white acc. #468 7 states
            03 WW-WW htp-p/red 8 states
            04 VMG-VMG htp-p/white - 20 states-DC
            04 PCR-Ash htp f/ash acc. #101 - 19 states-DC
            04 Merlot- Merlot htp-sand- B. Grassnig-48 states-DC
            04 TR-TR htp-sand 7 states
            04 LIB-LIB htp-p/white 15 states-DC
            05 Cashmere htp-stone #408 -3 states
            05 IG-IG htp-p/white #82 - 48&DC
            05 Dusk Rose-DR htp-cashmere seats - 48&DC

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            • #7
              Originally posted by 4LOWBIRDS+8 View Post

              You are right, however the 1958 Thunderbird convertible top did fold back into the trunk like the retractable. Trunk lid was hinged at the back and came up and then a package tray folded out, then when the top was down the deck lid came back down.
              ahh I see .the rag top folded into the trunk area

              this forum rocks...do we still say that?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by hippy_mailman View Post
                ahh I see .the rag top folded into the trunk area

                this forum rocks...do we still say that?
                Retractable ' hard top ' , 1957 Ford ( '58 and '59 ) ; retractable ' soft top ' 1958 Thunderbird and all the way to 1966 . The '58 and ' 59 were partially automatic . With the push of a button on the dash it would release the trunk lock , then manually opened the trunk , raised the upper back panel, and lowered the top hydraulickly into the trunk and lowered the deck lid ( trunk lid ) to lock position . by 1960 it was totally automatic by a switch on the dash .

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by snowbird View Post

                  Retractable ' hard top ' , 1957 Ford ( '58 and '59 ) ; retractable ' soft top ' 1958 Thunderbird and all the way to 1966 . The '58 and ' 59 were partially automatic . With the push of a button on the dash it would release the trunk lock , then manually opened the trunk , raised the upper back panel, and lowered the top hydraulickly into the trunk and lowered the deck lid ( trunk lid ) to lock position . by 1960 it was totally automatic by a switch on the dash .
                  And this is the guy that knows. He is a 58-66 Thunderbird retractable convertible top expert.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sumoscooter View Post
                    I also always did love the way that the '58's hardtop folded back into the trunk for storage in convertible mode and the trunk was hinged at the bumper to accommodate that !
                    That statement confused me as well, knowing it was the Skyliners that had the folding hardtop.
                    I remember when the '58 Bird hit the market...if my dad would have been able to convince my mom that day, we'd have bought one. He did eventually buy a used '59 Bird in 1962, but that car proved to be a mechanic's nightmare - and mom "coaxed" him into getting rid of it after a year.
                    Best Joey-ism (Friends) ever:
                    "The point is Moo. It's like a cow's opinion...it's 'Moo'."
                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIkJ4BUChxI

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                    • #11
                      My T-Bird is 12 today. 1fahp6oa95y105595 build date 2/14/2005 1of 146

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TEE4TOO View Post
                        My T-Bird is 12 today. 1fahp6oa95y105595 build date 2/14/2005 1of 146
                        Happy Birthday to your Thunderbird!! Enjoy it this year... next year it's a teenager.

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                        • #13
                          Might want to check your math.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 007Cruiser View Post
                            Might want to check your math.
                            Oh my, it's already a teenager...

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