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1969 Ford Thunderbird 1969 Ford Thunderbird Table of Contents Note: I've scattered stuff all over this page, so you might have to do a Find if you don't see what you're looking for. One of these days I'll organize the whole mess instead of just adding on!. Thunderbird Repairs:.
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describes in detail some of the repairs I've done myself. specs and such on the 429 Thunderjet.
transmission and drive shaft. ads, production numbers, design history, other events in 1969.:. We also have pages dedicated to our previous struggles:. Check it out! I have a presentation Ford developed for salespeople about the features for the 69 Thunderbird, converted into Flash. These are rather large files (2Mb) so you're better off with fast access when trying to view them:. Needs Listed highest priority first:.
Body: The is a leak somewhere that results in rain coming in behind the passenger kick panel. Many efforts to stop this in various areas haven't fixed the problem.
The passenger fender and rocker panel trim don't sit where they should. The cowl/hood gap is a bit big too.
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And the driver's fender is too close to the hood, causing them to scrape together. AC: No A/C. And hot air still flows through the floor.
Seat: I broke the joystick off the driver's seat control. I'd rather replace the whole damn thing with a manual seat rather than deal with the electronic crap in it any more. I just need to find one.
Trim: I pulled trim off a 2 door for the missing front and rear pieces, but almost every piece of trim on the car is dented, dinged, and/or scratched. If anyone knows of a 67-69 T-bird in a junk yard let me know. If I ever get the body work done that I want, I may have some of the trim removed and the holes welded shut rather than live with the mess that is the trim now!. Stereo: There is a buzz in the stereo despite my many efforts to fix it.
Eventually I'd like to get a modern system to replace the whole thing, but here are some ideas on radio buzz off the Yahoo Glamorbird group: Napa Auto Parts sells an item just for noise suppression. You hard wire it right into your ignition. It has a very healthy and fat cap that does the job for you. Solid copper ignition wires of old days, gives you incredible noise without suppression. Also, look at your Alternator, and see if it also has a Cap on the rear of it running to ground. If not add one.
You might also check into Summit or some other Hi-Performance catalogue and see if they offer coils with built in suppression. Interior: The brackets that hold the transmission gear indicator to the steering column are broken, so I need a new indicator, in black. I happened to notice it looks identical to the Torino for about the same year, so it might not be a Thunderbird-specific part. And the interior for these cars didn't change for several years.
Unfortunately, you have to pull the steering wheel to get to it. I've seen the part on a car in a salvage yard, but didn't have a steering wheel puller with me at the time.
Since then, I've looked at a half dozen parts cars and they were all either already cracked or had the tilt steering column, which is different. Currently I have the cracked one glued into place, which seems to have worked for a couple of years. Seatbelts: I'd like to replace the two-seatbelt system with a modern, retracting system like you can find. I haven't called to confirm this would work in the car yet, but I'm sure there's a replacement out there somewhere that would. The original system is both overly complicated and uncomfortable.
The shoulder belt cuts right across your throat, and I'm a tall guy! I'm sure I'd be decapitated by this safety equipment in an accident. Tail lights: I need to do some work on the tail lights. I installed an electronic sequential control box to replace the old one, which solved my sequential problems. I replaced the bulbs with supposedly brighter ones, which may have helped a bit.
But they're still pretty dim. Someone one the Yahoo Glamorbird group wrote up a nice how-to on the problem of dim tail lights on these cars:. Clean the inside of the taillight lenses. Spray the reflective part of the taillight assembly with chrome spray paint, if you don't have a chrome type finish on this part already (some do, some don't.). Install 2157 bulbs instead of 1157. They are brighter on the bright (brake and signal) filament, and the same as 1157 on the dim (running lights) filament.
Check to see if your sequential signals will still work with the brighter bulbs, but this is more of an issue of the solid state 1969-1971 cars, though. Make sure all of your grounds are good in the trunk, as well as the grounds for your sequencer. I put dielectric grease on mine to keep them clean.
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Also, make sure the contacts for the bulbs themselves are good and clean. Make sure your trunk seal is good, as well as the seal around the bulbs to keep dust out. The lights on my '69 Tudor were so dim you couldn't see them at all in the sun, due to the thick coating of dirt on the inside of the lenses. Sun Roof: I wish mine had the sunroof like the Landau model in this!
I've seen photos of 4 door Thunderbirds with sun roofs: My mechanic thought it would be an easy install if we could find one in a junkyard that had all the parts, but upon further investigation I think it'd be easier to just take it to a custom shop and have them put a new one in, since obviously I don't care if it's original or correct. Hey, maybe since I'm going to have to peel the vinyl roof off to find the leak anyhow. Dash: The dash is cracked in a few places, and has 4 screw holes where a radar detector or cell phone or CB was mounted. This sucks, since it's such a huge, one-piece thing. Difficult and expensive to even find a replacement, and I know it wouldn't be easy to get the thing installed. Once in a while a NOS dash pad shows up on ebay for $300. But it would still be 37 year old plastic and foam.
If I hit the lotto and for some sick reason decide this car should be restored to perfection, I could go to and fork over the big bucks: '1969 T-Bird Dash Pad Restoration in black $550, in color $600. Core and color sample needed. Turn around time is 6-8 weeks.' . Customization: Just about anything off this list of options: or this list: My car was obviously the bottom of the line, no-options model. 2016 honda crf230f service manual. I have salvaged the Convenience Check Group overhead unit from a 4 door, which has seat belts reminder light, low fuel and door ajar warning lights, headlights on warning light) but I haven't installed it yet.
I didn't get the wiring harness for it, but I didn't intent to use it as it was originally installed anyhow. I'm going to do something custom and tiki with it. On Ebay in January 2006 (then again in March 2008) someone posted the Supplemental Stop Lamps, which originally went for $33.70. 'Up for auction is one set of rarely seen 1968 1969 or 1970 Thunderbird Rear Window High Mounted Brake / Turn Signal Lights. Lights inside rear window were part of interior trim moulding and served as high level warning to drivers behind of intended turn or stop.
These lights Illuminated in sequence with middle taillamp. This incredibly rare set was removed in the early 70's from my grandfather's 1968 Thunderbird. April or May 1969 Car Life stated that less than one hundred Thunderbirds were equiped with this ultra rare option. Lenses have no crazing or cracking and housing have no dents or dings. This option will make your car the envy of every T-Bird at the show!'
The 2006 auction started at $750 and they went unsold. The March 08 auction started lower, but had a reserve of around $200. They sold for $350. Nifty item, but I wouldn't pay more than $200 for the set. How I Got It I was surfing the Yahoo Classifieds (back when it was free to post and worthwhile) and stumbled onto a '70 LeMans I liked.
I contacted the owner, a guy running Tallapoosa Salvage on the Georgia/Alabama line, and got directions. When I got there, the Pontiac needed more work than I thought it was worth. But sitting next to it was this strangely-colored 1969 Ford Thunderbird.
What It Looked Like Then. Decent shape, inside and out, with almost no rust, dings, etc. A lot of the trim was in the trunk all banged up, and the whole car needed a good wash, but otherwise it looked pretty straight. Apparently the guy had rescued it from a body shop after a repaint that went unpaid. They put a battery in her and a gallon of fresh gas and after a few stalls she started up. The 429 sounded great to me, but I didn't have the $2,500 he was asking, and the tires had gone flat so I couldn't test drive it. I'm also not a big fan of Fords.
I went back the next weekend with Nathan from ReinCARnation, a guy that works on old cars here in Atlanta. (Not the most knowledgeable of mechanics, but works cheap.) We gave her a short test drive. The brakes went to the floor without slowing the car, so we had to use the emergency brake and couldn't go far in that condition. The front wheels wiggled as the car rolled, so we figured it had a brake dragging or something. But the transmission shifted fine and it got the thumbs-up from Nathan so I put down a deposit to hold the car until I could get the cash together. She was towed to ReinCARnation late May 2001. Repairs Summary In order of completion, oldest first:.
body work done - see photos above. new wheels. new brakes - master cylinder, front rotors, calipers, pads (used 1970 parts on front). windows - re-glued and realigned (several times).
new distributor, plug wires, plugs, ignition coil, replaced points with electronic ignition. new alternator with internal voltage regulator (twice). replaced gas tank, relined, and a new sending unit. new carburetor, 4 bbl. new power steering hose.
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engine rebuilt. new water pump. lots of new AC parts - compressor, expansion valve, charged the system, vent doors fixed, etc.
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