I created this site to show off my second great love (next to my lovely wife of course) my 1972 Ford Thunderbird.

I first owned a 72 when I was 18 years old living with my grandmother in 1986. Fresh out of high school and not much money to spend on my wheels I searched for something "cool". After about two weeks of searching I passed a small garage in my small town and there she sat. A beautiful dark blue beauty. This was the first car I ever purchased for myself and the $700 price tag was just right.

My original T-bird had the 460ci engine and ran like a dream. That is my then girlfriend Beth in 1986 with me. Unfortunately because of having to drive over 100 miles one way to college I had to trade her in for something more economical. Since that day my wife and I have been looking to find another
one. That day finally came on December 5th 2005. After extensive searching on the internet I came across a small site with a 72 for sale. The car was located in Phoenix Arizona and owned by a very nice lady who told me her husband spent many a day trying to restore it but after an illness he passed away and she was forced to sell it.

After speaking with this very nice lady and after a few tears, telling me how much her husband loved the car, we settled on a price of $4,000. She told me how she and her husband used to travel the world competing in quick draw competitions. It turns out they were quite famous.

PHASE I

The next phase is to have the engine rebuilt. After searching far and wide for a good restoration shop I found someone about 20 miles away. The shop is called “The Auto Hut”. The are located in Annville Pa.

I was originally going to rebuild the engine but the technician told me they had a crate engine sitting in the shop. The date code on the block is 1977, well within the range I am comfortable with. Since I am not going to try to win any shows like Sema I figured it will be faster and cheaper to swap it rather than rebuild it. He sold me the engine for $1,200. Not a bad deal and he said the labor and additional parts should not be more than another $1,800, just under my budget of $3,500. It is scheduled for March 25th, 2006.

I will post photos of the before and after as soon as the engine work is finished.

The major draw the this shop is they do not cut corners, I was show some of their work and I will tell you it is out of this world.

The are even going to repaint/restore the engine compartment to factory specs.

1972 Thunderbird Facts and stats...

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Production specifications

How to read Ford part numbers


Links to great Ford Thunderbird Forums

If you own a Thunderbird Register it here

The Thunderbird Registry Forum - all years 1955 to Present

Chicagoland Thunderbird Forum

Automotive Forums Car Chat - Thunderbird

Automotive Forums Car Chat - All forum list

Thunderbird Tech Help

Fordforums.com

Sam's Fox Thundercast - Good site for newer T-Birds and cougars

Nebraska Thundercats - Upper Midwest Thundercats

Vintage Thunderbird Club International

Antique Automobile Club - If you own any old car this is a great club


My Friend Ron’s sites:

Ron’s home page

My IT Education site

Gospel United


Links to sites I support

 

Christian Broadcasting Network – CBN

 

Coral Ridge Ministries

 

The Bunny People

 

Adopt a Hero

 

Operation AC

 

Homes for Heroes

 

Adopt a Soldier


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This is the first look I had of my new bird!

PHASE II / III

 

The body and paint are in fairly good shape but I am still planning to restore it as well. The same shop that is going to do my engine is going to do that as well but this phase is going to have to wait for a few years due the $10,000 price tag. The interior is also in fairly good shape but in need of restoration. The gauges were installed because the previous owner did not like the idiot lights. The interior has the bucket seats with center console (this is a rare option). The seat covers have the T-bird logo embroidered on the headrest. I am having difficulty finding a good upholstery shop, most restoration shops are not able to "restore" the seats but will install the reproduction OEM covers if I can find them, so if you now where I can find them e-mail me.

After arranging shipping we waited for the call and several nights later we received a call from the shipping company that they were about 10 minutes away. My wife and I could hardly contain our excitement as the truck came into view. After several minutes of nail biting getting the car off the lift we were on our way. I can tell you it was great to finally be behind the wheel of my dream car once again.

The next day I finally had a chance to look her over. Although she needed a lot of work she did run great. The first thing I did was call my local mechanic who by the way is the ONLY mechanic I ever trust with my cars. I asked him to give her a thorough going over. By she needed a LOT of work. I first took care of the usual, Fluid change, Tune-up, filter and Lube. I replaced the tires, wiper motor and washer pump and many many bulbs. But once I got her done she ran much better but still needed more work.

Here is what she looked like after a bath:

 

My Baby

 

The car arrived with a dead battery and a broken gas gauge. I found out the hard way on the way home it had NO steering fluid.

 

And for those who have tried it, never and I mean never put 89 octane gas in one of these it had that in it and it ran like s#$t!  So after getting decent gas in it, it ran better.  I still had to get the carburetor rebuilt.

 

My mechanic informed me that the intake was severely gunked up and would need to be removed and cleaned or replaced.

 

Boy the list was getting long already!

 

So after getting it road-worthy and inspected I started looking around for a good shop to do the restoration.  If any of you have gone through this you know it was not easy.

The one thing that makes the 72 stand out is the massive taillight. When I first started looking for this car I purchased a replacement light in case the car I found did not have the light intact.

The 1972 was the year that Thunderbird produced its 1-millionth unit milestone. It was especially finished with Anniversary Gold paint and wore a white vinyl-clad landau roof. The wheel covers had color-coordinated gold accents. Up front was a gold-finished radiator grille. Commemorative "Millionth Thunderbird" emblems were found on the instrument panel and on the Landau irons on either side of the roof. A gentleman in Iowa now owns the car.

 

The 72 was the first year of the “Big Birds”. Although considered a Luxury car, with absolutely no options the T-Bird had a curb weight of 4,503 lbs. Ford based them on the new Lincoln Continental Mark IV (for those looking for parts check the 72 Lincoln) and had a sticker price just under $5,000.

 

The car came standard with a 429ci engine but there was an optional 460-cu engine available that offered a slight increase in horsepower. The body was mounted at computer-designated spots for noise and vibration suppression. The Thunderbird brakes had now been accepted as perhaps the best system in the sports/personal car market. ABS brakes were an option. A heavier-duty 9.38 rear axle ring gear was used with this system, as ABS tended to create some rear-axle chattering that could wreck the standard 9-inch rear end. Production for the calendar year was 57,814 units.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


           

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