Jim and Judy Skinner's 1955 Ford Thunderbird

After years of hard work, the T-bird lives again! This is a Friday night test and tune session at US131 Dragway to shake down the new car and obtain a Competition drag racing lisence. Powered by a small block ford and C4 trans. Special thanks to Rocky at Troxell Race Cars. If you need fabrication work, don't be a blockhead........call Troxell Race Cars!

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1964 Ford Thunderbird vs 1991 Mazda Miata! - Generation Gap: Convertibles
To cast your vote, click here: http://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/Articles/2014/05/26/Generation-Gap-C onvertibles Our friends at Hagerty have a new show airing every other Tuesday on the Motor Trend Channel! It's called Generation Gap and this is the premiere episode. Check it out! Hagerty expert Davin Reckow spends his days hunting down hard-to-find classic car parts and his nights wrenching on his two Chevelles, while Matt Lewis drives a 2011 Mitsubishi Evo X and spends his days interacting with classic car owners across the globe as Hagerty's social media analyst. Davin thinks that nothing worth owning was built after 1974; Matt thinks that a car doesn't have to be old to be great. In this episode of Generation Gap, these two diehard car guys argue for their favorite convertibles — a 1964 Ford Thunderbird vs. a 1991 Mazda Miata. To cast your vote, click here: http://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/Articles/2014/05/26/Generation-Gap-C onvertibles Generation Gap appears every other Tuesday on the Motor Trend youtube channel. http://www.youtube.com/motortrend Subscribe now to make sure you're in on all the action! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsAegdhiYLEoaFGuJFVrqFQ?sub_confirmation=1 Facebook - http://facebook.com/motortrendmag Twitter - http://twitter.com/motortrend Google+ - https://plus.google.com/+motortrend/posts Website - http://www.motortrend.com

History of the Ford Thunderbird Full Documentary
Considered a classic at the time of its introduction, the Ford Thunderbird was debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in 1954. The popularity of the sleek two-seater was welcome news for the Ford Motor Company. Ford took a calculated risk with its decision to develop a car that could compete with the Corvette, released by Chevrolet in 1953, and it soon became clear that Ford's research was about to pay off. Information from a marketing study suggested that the target buyer for the Thunderbird was middle aged, well-established in a professional career, and relatively conservative regarding car design. Rather than radically redesign a new sports car, Ford opted for contemporary styling. This decision was not only in line with what Ford had learned from their marketing study, but had the added benefit of keeping production costs for the Little Bird low, as it shared many Ford stock parts with full sized cars in the Ford line. What set the classic T-Bird apart from the Corvette, as well as many of the sports cars entering the American market from Europe, was a design that highlighted personal luxury instead of the austere sports car styling of the era. The Thunderbird sported roll up windows, a steel body and, taking a leap over the six-cylinder Corvette, a 292 cubic inch V8 engine. The V8 engine proved to be a tight squeeze for a car designed with a low cowl height and created a clearance problem between the engine's air cleaner and the hood. Ford's solution, a feature that would continue to be part of the Thunderbird's design for years to come, was to add a hood scoop. The Little Bird was only available as a convertible, either with a collapsible soft top or removable hardtop. Sales for the introductory 1955 Thunderbird were good at 16,155. Ford decided to retain their successful formula for 1956, and the new Thunderbird varied little from its predecessor. Some notable changes included more power under the hood, cooling vents in the fenders, and, addressing a common customer complaint, more cargo space. The Continental kit was Ford's effort to increase trunk space without changing the overall design of the car. Moving the spare tire from the trunk to the rear bumper did allow for more trunk space, but the kit's additional weight, which was distributed well behind the rear axle, caused handling problems. In addition to the handling problems it caused, the Continental kit's location impeded access to the trunk. By 1956, Chevrolet was responding to the T-Bird by equipping the Corvette with a V8 engine and roll up windows. Sales for Thunderbird, at 15,631, were slightly less than the 1955 numbers and Ford implemented some changes for 1957. The Thunderbird received new styling for 1957 that included a front bumper with integrated parking lights, a larger grille, and sweeping tailfins that mirrored the points sported by its larger cousins in the Ford line-up that year. Unable to successfully correct the issues associated with the Continental kit, Ford returned the spare tire to a larger redesigned trunk.

Ford Thunderbird - Bad Engine Drive Off
Franks 66er Thunderbird mit 521er Stroker. Wer mehr über den Wagen und den Motor (ca. 500 PS) erfahren möchte wendet sich an den Classic Speed Shop in Hannover: http://www.classicspeedshop.de/