International ThunderBird Club

All things T-Bird!

Created by serious people…

 Just for fun!

The International Thunderbird Club, the ONLY club in the world whose common goal is to preserve and enjoy all model years of the Ford Thunderbird through family fellowship, local club shows and tours, convention seminars, specific model year help, parts location through endorsed vendors, annual meetings and an award winning bi-monthly magazine: The Thunderbird Script.

Come on in and look what we are all about!

 

Hello fellow Thunderbirder!

Since you are reading this you must be like me and share an interest in Ford’s most iconic model, the Thunderbird! You may like the classic version from ’55 or bought a ’66 Flairbird brand new. Perhaps you grew up with an ’83 Aerobird in the garage or are enjoying the classic lines and late model comfort with a 2005 Retrobird. Personally, I am a “bookend” Thunderbirder with ’57 and ’03 Thunderbirds. It doesn’t matter what year you like (or even if you own one!) you are part of the Thunderbird family and are welcome here.

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Bart and Vera in their 2003 Thunderbird

Please look around our site, cruise over to our Facebook page…there are ITC events happening all the time and we have members across the country and around the world. Thunderbird fever can happen anywhere or anytime!
The ITC is always there to answer any questions you have. So go ahead and reach out to any of us on the Club Info > Officers and Advisors menu item above.

I look forward to the time when we can meet and chat about your Thunderbird in person.

Gerard “Bart” Bartasavich

President – International Thunderbird Club

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The ITC has partnered with VTCI and CTCI to promote the Ford Thunderbird at the Classic Auto Show in Los Angeles to be held January 27-29, 2017. Among the many Thunderbirds that members of these three clubs will show there will be other great cars and exhibits including several vehicles recently added to the National Historic Vehicle Register.

Use the link to learn more about this show and then plan on being there to mingle with other Thunderbird and classic car owners, restorers and suppliers. When you use this link to purchase your tickets, $1 will be given back to the ITC!

https://l.feathr.co/the-classic-auto-show-international-thunderbird-club-k

 

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This is a super nice '05 "Retro Bird" with only 42K miles on it. Since the design is retro, the Von Dutch style pinstripes add a little pizazz...not to MY eye, but to some!

I have added a K&N FIPK Kit and changed out the whisper quiet stock exhaust for a set of Borla bullet mufflers and a pair of big stainless steel tips. Now the 'Bird has some Thunder!

The car is clean as a whistle inside and out. She drives perfectly and rides beautifully. Both the CarFax and the Autocheck are perfect, indicating no accidents or title issues. Everything works as it should, including the 6-Disc in-dash changer and Homelink three channel programmable garage door opener. The top is perfect, goes up and down without issue, and I will include the boot with your purchase. Also, I'd happily change the exhaust and air intake back to stock for you if you'd like.

SO...Why do I want to sell her? Because my butt, left leg, and hands fall asleep when I drive it too far...which is no bueno...and I change cars like underwear.

If you are legitimately interested and truly have the means to buy it, please give me a shout. The car does have a loan on it, which means you won't be able to get the title until the bank takes care of sending it to me once the money clears. (We'll discuss when the time comes)

$19,800 OBO
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A full load of factory fresh Birds I wonder were they ended up and how many are still here today. ... See MoreSee Less

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Last night on the news Dolly Parton announced that they would give $1000 a week to everyone affected by these horrible fires. Pigeon Forge TN was nothing but a mining town before Dolly built her Dollywood. She is one classy lady, she has never forgotten her roots. When your born poorer than dirt poor, you never forget what it feels like to go to bed hungery. Mountain people always take care of their own, always have and always will. God bless the people of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg TN, and God bless Dolly Parton and all those who stepped up to help these people. ... See MoreSee Less

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The ITC has partnered with CTCI and VTCI to promote the Thunderbird at the inaugural Classic Auto Show on January 27-29. in Los Angeles. I am the lead person in obtaining Thunderbirds. from the ITC. The booth has three Baby Birds from CTCI right now so I am trying to gather more model years. PM me if you could show your T-bird, especially if you live in the SoCal area. If you are a member of CTCI or VTCI and would like to show your car I can put you in touch with your rep so PM also.

If you would like to attend there is a link to obtain tickets on the ITC website. If you order through that link, the ITC receives a dollar for every ticket sold. So you will get to see a great car show and help the ITC!

The Classic Auto Show
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The Classic Auto Show

January 27, 2017, 9:00am - January 29, 2017, 2:00pm

The Classic Auto Show promises to be the ultimate car experience featuring an expansive showcase of wall-to-wall classic cars and automotive merchandise including vintage parts, tools and accessories, memorabilia and other nostalgia. Attendees will be ableto get up close and personal with their favorite celebrities, browse the expansive auto swap and access cars rarely showcased. One of the highlights of the show will be the live stage which will include demonstrations, competitions and interviews, allowing attendees the opportunity to meet and hear their favorite classic car celebrities. Featured guests include: •Mike Brewer •Wayne Carini •Chip Foose •Chris Jacobs •Dave Kindig •Mike Phillips

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Glamor Bird followers, I have been very busy lately working on two things that plague our cars. It is always a challenge to improve on the issues. I am working on a way to seal the trim molding, Landau Bars. I am also getting ready to detail my Holley carbs.

The water finds its way into the body through holes which are there to mount the trim molding. People have used RTV silicone rubber but they do not realize how acidic it is. Not to mention, it does not work very well.

I am concentrating on improving the parts prone to rust and closing the leak. Every time you wash your car or it rains, water is finding a way in. I will post pictures soon to show you my fixes.

I am also taking apart my Holley carbs so I can clean, Dichromate parts and seal in a clear ceramic coating. This will protect all the parts for many years. Dichromate is primarily used as a corrosion inhibitor, primer, decorative finish, or to retain electrical conductivity. The process is named after the chromate found in chromic acid, also known as hexavalent chromium, the chemical most widely used in the immersion bath process whereby the coating is applied. New Holley carbs have this coating.

I was thinking of changing out my base plates and metering blocks with new parts made with billet aluminum. I wanted to do that because it would be easier to color. However, I think it may take away a little of the vintage look. So I will re-polish the original metering blocks and base plates. Then I will color them.

I will post pictures soon. What you see me do... you can do for yourself, if you like it.
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Louis Eminger 1920-2008, known as "Mrs. Thunderbird" by Ford Motor Company. Below is "Pink Lady" and "Pink Petunia".
automotivemileposts.com/tbird/tbird1957eminger.html
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Someone is getting a T-Bird for Christmas. ... See MoreSee Less

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BACK IN THE DAY T-BIRD PHOTO
Where are these T-Birds today?
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Someone save her... ... See MoreSee Less

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I found this 65 T Bird that has been sitting in a back yard since 1999 ( I am a contractor working on the house) . I was told it ran fine when it was parked nearly 20 years ago. Can anyone give me any advice on what should be done to get the motor running after all those years of sitting. My 15 year old son and I would like to take on this project. I am not a mechanic so not really sure where we should start. ... See MoreSee Less

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My daughter's 77. Got it painted (but clear coat didn't turn out very well). Petty Blue & 56 Colonial White. Lots of work still ahead.... ... See MoreSee Less

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A couple of beauties I found at a local shop. 1960 and 1962 ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi.

I need few parts for 72 Thunderbird. please let me know if you have Parking lights, grille,rear marker lights...

thanks.
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Few Thunderbirds in Iran. ... See MoreSee Less

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These before and after photos of the horrible devastation as a result of resent fires in Tennessee, have been going around FB for several days. My eagle eyed granddaughter spotted this red 56 or 57 Thunderbird (It has a porthole top.) at this house, which as you can see was a total loss. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost so much as a result of these terrible fires. ... See MoreSee Less

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Stupid Facebook I can't figure out how to turn the pictures on in my last post so.......
Here we go again....
Let there be light!!!!
Finally got my Tri-Bar headlights going...Pain in the a$$ as they aren't exactly "plug and play" at all. I expected to swap them out in 15 minutes but they would stick through the buckets and the housing for the headlights.So there was some cutting,grinding and filing going on
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HOLMAM & MOODY - THUNDERBIRD
International Thunderbird Club was fortunate to have Lee Holman speak at the ITC-Carlisle, All Ford Nationals sponsored dinner. - NASCAR Holman Moody entered two 1958 Fords at the last two races on the beach at Daytona. The same two cars, one driven by Curtis Turner and the other driven by Joe Weatherly, raced to firs and third in one race and second and fourth in another.Holman Moody began to change from a racing team to a racing factory. In addition to building and racing their own cars, the shop was now building cars and selling them to other teams. By late 1958 Ford support was slowly returning to racing. This support helped the Holman Moody team in the construction of ten 1959 Thunderbirds. This was the first time Holman Moody was able to get bare bodies off of the assembly lines. The production line was stopped while Holman Moody got the bare chassis and parts they needed to build the race cars. All unnecessary items in the production automobile were left off. Curtis Turner wins in a Holman Moody Ford at Champion Speedway (3/15), Lakewood Speedway (4/13), and the Southern States Fairgrounds (4/18).
www.holmanmoody.com
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Dolly Parton, CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS movie tonight, Nov 30, 9 PM EST NBC.
www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/tv/a-month-ago-incorporated-would-have-felt-different-so-wou...
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Might not look like much, but this is a factory F-code 57 T-Bird, same owner since 1974. 8K miles (Yes 8K original miles), auto, dyed black seat, tuck and roll door panels, 2 top car, skirts, backup lamps, heater, T&C radio, windshield washer, power steering, and full wheel covers. McCulloch Supercharger is off and in the trunk. Those tires are from a 1965 T-Bird dry rotted and cracked! Last on the road in the late 70's. Owner was cool enough to let me take the 1st picture and then told me to get lost. 1st picture is before the car became a shelf in the coming years. They're still out there! ... See MoreSee Less

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HUNTING SEASON - In many states, including Pennsylvania, Hunting Season begins.
www.pgc.pa.gov/HuntTrap/Law/Pages/SeasonsandBagLimits.aspx
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Can somebody please help me I run the serial number I need to know what the information is thank you I just bought it and don't know what it is ... See MoreSee Less

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Husband and Wife Christmas Shopping
A couple were in a busy shopping center just before Christmas. The wife suddenly noticed that her husband was missing and as they had a lot to do, so she called him.
The wife said " Where are you, you know we have lots to do."
He said "You remember the jewelers we went into about 10 years ago, and you fell in love with that diamond necklace? I could not afford it at the time and I said that one day I would get it for you?"
Little tears started to flow down her cheek and she got all
choked up…
"Yes, I do remember that shop." she replied.
"Well I am in the auto parts store next door to that."
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A wild Thunderbird appeared during my trip in Cuba ... See MoreSee Less

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Some nice T-Birds here. ... See MoreSee Less

It is bidding time! Prebidding is now open at the link below. 1957 Thunderbird Soft Top,1960 Thunderbird Coupe and 1966 Ford Ranger all yours for the bidding. These beauties will be sold live/simulcast on December 8th in Owensboro Ky. Check site for details or contact Amy Whistle or David Hawes, Auctioneers. kurtzauction.hibid.com/auctions/current

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Today, 1913, Ford starts a revolution in auto industry, the moving assembly line. The idea came from the slaughter houses of Chicago, where the " disassembled " cattle while the carcass moved passed workers. Ford started with magnetos and expanded to complete cars. 1928 Auburn Cord Duesenburg introduces another automotive icon, the Model J at the New York Auto Show. The chassis alone was $8,500. The one in the photo is a 1933 Duesenberg Model J Berline by Franay as seen at the Elegance At Hershey northeastwheelsevents.ning.com/photo/elegance-at-hershey-2016-duesenberg

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Thunderbird Emblems
$1 - Bel Aire, KS (67226)

For Sale- these are the only bird emblems available.
Check out my page if you haven't done so already.
Facebook.com/oemblems.
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It is bidding time! Prebidding is now open at the link below. 1957 Thunderbird Soft Top,1960 Thunderbird Coupe and 1966 Ford Ranger all yours for the bidding. These beauties will be sold live/simulcast on December 8th in Owensboro Ky. Check site for details or contact Amy Whistle or David Hawes, Auctioneers. kurtzauction.hibid.com/auctions/current

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Last night was northern Ohio's first snow fall. Spotted this '57 T-Bird at a repair shop in Orange, Ohio. I couldn't believe it was left out in the snow. I checked it out and found it to be damaged on the front fender. I will find out Monday who it belongs to.
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Thumderbirds keeping each other company in the parking lot of a grocery store in California ... See MoreSee Less

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Here we see the rare nesting thunderbird. ... See MoreSee Less

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Cool pics of Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller in their '56 on a trip to NYC! ... See MoreSee Less

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Production # info please? Re: 65 Special Landau. MOST were Emberglow and Parchment, how many were made that were White? I've heard of them, a person on another page has stumbled upon one. ... See MoreSee Less

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LOOK magazine, October, 1963, featuring a '64 T-Bird on the cover. ... See MoreSee Less

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It's getting difficult to find many discontinued parts for my 2002 Thunderbird. Does anyone know of a good parts source for my car? ... See MoreSee Less

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Okay allot of you Cruisers ask me to do a Holiday Party, So I Did it .
And it is Free ! There is a Model Car Contest, Ugly Sweater Contest, with awards, a 50/50 for Toys for Tots and a Band.
Everyone Is welcome bring friends. and let's toast and re bench race 2016. Who knows what 2017 will be like? I do know event insurance is going up 15%.
Gasoline Alley & Rudy“K”s Holidays Party !
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Gasoline Alley & Rudy“K”s Holidays Party !

December 2, 2016, 8:30pm - December 3, 2016, 12:00am

Gasoline Alley Band & 101.5 FM Cruising Music Radio’s DJ / VJ Rudy The “K” End of the Year Thank You all for a great season Holiday Party ! Free No Entry Fee ! Host DJ / VJ Rudy The “K” Make this Your Car Club or Business Holiday Party 50/50 Raffle for Toys For Tots Holiday Fun & Fundraiser Food & Drink Specials Pre-Show XMAS Videos Starts 8:30 pm / Band 9pm Non Stop High Octane Music & Video Dance Party Trophy’s Best Replica Model Car Plastic or Die Cast of Your Show Vehicles Trophy also awarded for Ugliest Holiday Sweater Location The Bowl HI Rte. 47 & Algonquin Rd. Huntley IL. Phone number (847) 669-5114 Too RSVP Tables Call 224-587-6803

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Got my baby home from the body shop and she's in her comfy clothes ... See MoreSee Less

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Actress Jennifer Jones
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20% OFF - CARLISLE, ALL FORD NATIONALS
Please join the International Thunderbird Club at the Carlisle, All Ford Nationals. Sign up by the end of the year and receive a huge discount. Be sure to list "International Thunderbird Club" when registering.
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HOLIDAY SALE: Get 20% off nearly EVERYTHING for 2017. This includes a 2017 Carlisle Events season pass or 20% off a showfield registration to any of the car shows in 2017! PLUS, get 20% off weekend passes AND single day tickets, which you NOW PURCHASE online. The sale runs Black Friday (Nov. 25) through Dec. 31. Call the office at 717-243-7855 during regular business hours or find the sale on our website. Learn more --> www.carlisleevents.com/carlisle-events-media-center/carlisle-events-press-releases-view.aspx?PRDe...

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My name is Ronnie Warrick I've got a 1995 thunderbird and I was wondering if y'all donated stuff to help people fix up their cars I'm trying to put a new paint job on it and ain't got the money to and I was gonna see if y'all had some paint y'all could donate to me to help me out ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi all. I am looking to fit port hole windows to my hard top and asking for any advice/warnings/tips please. Cheers ... See MoreSee Less

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Dave Siljestrom's two tone Retro-Bird. ... See MoreSee Less

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Resurrection. Great work happening here .sitting since 1970 . Completely original even down to the handbook ... See MoreSee Less

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Before November gets away. Just want to say happy 20th birthday to our T-Bird. Born in Ohio 11/15/96 ... See MoreSee Less

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Now that Fidel Castro is gone, perhaps Cuban T-Bird owners will be able to obtain parts more easily.
www.foxnews.com/world/2016/11/26/former-cuban-leader-fidel-castro-dies-at-age-90.html
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