Buying a 66 T-bird Tuesda
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Mashpee, MA
need advice 1966 T-bird hardtop
I'm going to look at a 1966 T-bird hadtop on Tuesday, 1/17/05, and I'd some advice as to what I need to check. The last time I stopped to look at it, the doors were open, but the owner/seller was not there. The interior is pretty good, but it shows ts 40 years of use -- no abuse. The body is almost perfect and very tight. The door do nt sag at all when opened, and I went around the lower panels with a magnet, finding only steel -- no rust visible, no paint bubbles. It has old T-bird hubcaps, but I don't know if they are for the same year as the car.
I then called the phone number on the windsheild
The car does not have its original motor, but a 460ci Ford motor. I do not know what car, year or model, this motor came from, but I will find out as soon as possible. The guy on the phone didn't know the motors history, but tells me he will by Tuesday. I cannot wait to open the hood on this car!!!
How do you open the hood on this model T-bird? I don't want to look too stupid when I get there for the inspection.
Any help from any one will be greatly apprciated. This is going to be my first car; I just got my drivers liscense (I've been driving with my Dad sitting next to me since I was 14). I fell in love with the look of the 66 T-bird about two years ago, and looked hard to find one. This is the type of car I want to drive to school in, drive around to work and play after school in. I finally found one that looks good, and at a price I can afford (with help from Dad!!!). My Dad knows a lot about cars, but mostly English cars (he drives a Jaguar , kind of a Ford, and an old Triumph). He is VERY good with old cars, so I know he can keep me running safely. I just want to be sure and not buy a "Basket Case" car that will need lots of work (i.e., LOTS of money!!!!!!!!).
PLEASE help me out. If anyone is worried about a kid with a car like this, rest assured my parents are putting a lot of rules in place before I get the keys -- straight "A's" in school, no one but me EVER drives it -- no friends EVER. My Dad is going to put a GPS "Kid Tracker" system in the car. which will tell him where I've gone, and how I drove to get there. If I speed I lose the car. If I lie about anything to do with the car, I lose it. Believe me, I earned this car through good behavior and good grades. I really appreciate getting the car of my dreams.
I have pictures -- how can I post them on the forum?
Last edited by GBieg; 01-15-06 at 08:01 PM.
Reason: mistake in title