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Old 06-11-2008, 05:09 PM
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1958 Ford Thunderbird

hey guys, I guess this can be a separate thread? But if not I am sure a moderator will change it or delete it. I have a (well my dad has) a 1958 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, there is something less than 100 left on the road! It isn't completely restored, someone before us changed the color from red to aqua which wasnt even a color back in that time. But it is mechanically sound, the body is excellent just some minor things and minor rust on the rocker panels which can be filled in with lead or anything else. the trunk doesnt sit quite right but is a simple fix I am more than sure of. This is really an awesome car, but we cant afford to restore it at this time. we are looking to get around $20,000 but really open to offers. Here is the ad we are currently running:


<!--/EBAY_AUTO_SYITEMPLATE1-->Classic 1958 Thunderbird Convertible (very rare)

Turned 50 this year!. Now you can own a part of American History with this beautiful rare 1958 convertible. This beauty is just waiting for the right owner to come along and restore her to her original beauty.

She was originally red with red and white interior. I have debated back and forth on keeping her but it looks like the wife won.

Body is in terrific shape but I would take it to its original color. Interior needs to be restore to original. Needs some front end work but this is o be expected on a car this age. Nada Classic Car puts the value at high retail of $58,000 (perfect restoration) and low retail of $20,170.00 Nada

Engine: The engine is not original but looks like it came from a 61 or later tbird. Engine and transmission are in perfect condition and purrs like a kitten. Top is in good condition with no holes and since the pump had been recently replaced it goes up and down effortlessly.

THERE IS NO DATA PLATE, but I checked the vin#h8yj122470 to make sure it is a true convertible. It has also been listed in the Thunderbird Registry T-Bird Registry

Only problem with the body is the deck lid needs a little work to straighten however I donít this will be much for a body man.

There is some rust on the rocker plates and trunk but nothing major. This was the first uni-body construction and was common in this style.

Odometer shows 49k+ but I donít believe this to be the case but donít know for sure.

Bottom line: In the hands of the right owner this car will be a beauty. Every time I took it out for a spin it turned heads.

I would be willing to deliver it to its destination for fuel and $500.00. Otherwise Buyer will pay for all shipping cost.

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The shipping cost would defintley be different if it was something local and you'd probably want to come and get it. If you guys could think of anyone who would be interested any where that it'd be a good idea to sell it soon, or even if you want it please let me know.

I can be reached by PMing, E-mailing (brentleedragon@gmail.com), AIM Brentums, Phone 760-685-6577 (yeah its still a san diego area code but I live in Newport, Washington)


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That would be an awesome Ford to have and restore. Be leary of the ad. Check the vehicle out and expect to spend a few bucks...Just some advice from an old codger.
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Brent, is that your car you are trying to sell or buying? The price is about right.

Have a friend who owns a '56 TBird, everything original. 64K miles.
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Mike, we own the car (my dad owns it) we are trying to sell it. that is all my info and my ad placement. I am advertising it. It sits in my garage right now
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1958 Thunderbird Convertible production figure: 2,134.

H8YJ122470

H = 352 4V 300 HP

8 = 1958

Y = Wixom MI Assembly Plant

J = 1958 Thunderbird Convertible

122470 = Numerical Sequence of Assembly

The gold THUNDERBIRD valve covers were used on 1961/64 390 engines installed in Fords and Birds. The original 1958 valve covers were plain.

The wheelcovers are B7A-1130-C, the deluxe type used on 1957 Fords & Birds.

1958 Fords & Birds used the same wheelcovers: B8A-1130-A.

In the old car hobby, the 1958/60's are refered to as "Square Birds" because of their shape.
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yes but there are an estimated only 100 left driving.
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yes but there are an estimated only 100 left driving.
Get specifics about the vehicle for your ad. The facts will maximize the amount you can expect to receive. Bill aka 'Number Dummy' can give you very accurate facts about the car. Obtaining specific information that concerns the rarity of the car, would further assist you.
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I know all about it, I have to rewrite the ad I believe. Yeah whoever owned it before us completely changed everything, the color is supposed to be red (they did not offer that color in 1958) the interior is to be red and white. I know the gold valve covers are from the 60's my dad and I made a huge list of what to restore, but my parents are in between a hard place and a rock and are forced to sell it before we could restore it.


I really wish we could keep it to restore it would be very cool.

Thanks Bill for that info too. Anyone know anyone who would be interested in it?
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I know all about it, I have to rewrite the ad I believe. Yeah whoever owned it before us completely changed everything, the color is supposed to be red (they did not offer that color in 1958) the interior is to be red and white. I know the gold valve covers are from the 60's my dad and I made a huge list of what to restore, but my parents are in between a hard place and a rock and are forced to sell it before we could restore it. I really wish we could keep it to restore it would be very cool.
Thanks Bill for that info too. Anyone know anyone who would be interested in it?
Dunno anyone interested in it.

If was mine, I'd put it in a well advertised old car auction like the Kruse boys or Barret-Jackson stage.

A regional mom and pop auction house won't attract enough moneyed buyers.

I'd list it with a high reserve at 30K or so, then drop the reserve when it gets close to the price you want.

Trying to sell it locally will attract a lotta tire kickers, and maybe a few thieves.

Ppl will nickel and dime your price, point out all that's wrong with it. Most ppl whether moneyed buyers or not, don't know diddly-squat one way or the other!

Many of the so-called collectors today are only looking for an investment.

I sold a minty '68 Galaxie XL FB on ebay...the guy that bought it (a mortgage broker) said he's collecting 1960's Ford muscle cars, and told me what he already had acquired.

Not a one could be classified as a muscle car...none! That included the car he bought from me.

I said nothing...just secretly laughed my a** off!
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Ok thanks, I have been looking for places to list it other than craigslist/ebay and a couple other classic car traders, it is not in perfect condition it needs to be restored so would barret-jackson list it?
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