My 1977 Thunderbird

1977 Ford Thunderbird



    My 1977 Thunderbird


    We also own a 1977 Ford Thunderbird which we purchased new in 1977 from Elgin Ford in Toronto. It wasn't actually the car I wanted to buy but someone else beat me to a silver 1977 with cloth interior and power seats. I would have preferred cloth seats but incredibly this car's interior has stayed in pretty good shape. This car has never been winter driven like my 1986 Turbo but a couple of incidents in it's past forced it to have it's hood repainted. The house next door was set on fire and the car was damaged when the fire department tossed desbris onto the parked car.

    Currently the car is not running as I believe it requires a new fuel pump. For that matter the gas tank needs to be drained as it's half full of vintage 1980's gasoline! The car will turn over and run when primed with gasoline but will not continue to run. It's a shame as it still has it's original paint and needs very few repairs to get it back on the road.


    My 1977 Thunderbird


    Unfortunately we don't have a garage and this meant that the car was stored outdoors all this time. Car covers work well but there will still be spots where rust will occur such as the chrome bumpers.


    My 1977 Thunderbird


    Some factory options on this Tbird,

  • Power windows and doors which still function.
  • Air conditioning, which hasn't been serviced in 18+ years.
  • Bucket seats with center console.
  • Automatic transmission with floor mounted shifter.
  • Light group with interior map lights.
  • Electronic speed control.
  • Factory 'Mag' Wheels, these were interesting as they were polycast and not aluminum.
  • Sport instrument cluster, this was actually retrofitted from a wrecked Bird. Ford was kind enough to provide all the wiring for the cluster. Just needed to add a different oil pressure sensor.


    My 1977 Thunderbird


    I replaced the stock AM/FM radio with a Marantz cassette stereo, yup Marantz made car radios back then and it sounded great. Also upgraded the speakers at the same time.


    My 1977 Thunderbird


    If this was only leather.....

    Maybe one day when I have some time and money I'll get her back on the road again!


    My e-mail address is kevino@newsroom.net