Stalled Project: 1962 Thunderbird Convertible


This Ford Thunderbird restoration project looks like it has been stalled for a while. The seller tells us it’s been in this pole barn for 7 years. I have a couple of projects that have hit roadblocks in a similar fashion that I’m hoping to get to once we move and the cars are at the house instead of across town, so I can sympathize with the seller. The project is for sale here on eBay, with bidding just over $200 without a reserve. In case you are already wondering how far away the car is and what it would take to haul it home, it’s located in Martinsville, Indiana. Apparently all the sheetmetal work apart from the trunk lid is finished. The transmission and rear end are rebuilt and ready to install and the engine has been disassembled so that it can be rebuilt. There are lots of the parts included, with some duplicates as well. Have you ever taken on someone else’s partially completed project like I have? Tell us about it in the comments!


  1. RayT Member

    Yes, I’ve had stalled/failed projects…. Bought a Renault 4CV that was rusted beyond repair, but complete. It came with a rust-free bare shell, so only(?) needed transfer of all parts from one to the other. I subsequently found that supplies of new 4CV bits had almost totally dried up — even in France — and used a heavy workload as an excuse to let the whole thing sit. Finally sold the whole mess to a collector who apparently did a Rat Restoration (stock, but not pretty), so at least it was saved.

    This looks like a good project for someone. Not me, even though I like these ‘Birds. If it was a ’58, I might be tempted, though my previous failure would probably keep me from going off the deep end again!

  2. Jeff K.

    Yes…I did this once and still currently own the 1974 Z/28 Type LT. It was a rolling shell when purchased that had “most” of the bodywork completed and the engine rebuilt on stand. None of the bolts were labeled either and in a bucket. (yes….one of those). After a year in total of finishing the bodywork, getting painted, then back to the paint shop for warranty work, it is now back home. It is slowly going back together but I do not feel like finishing it now. I have most of the parts to go back together. I am willing to sell it as is. Any takers???

  3. JW454

    When complete, these cars look very good. I don’t know why they don’t command higher prices in the old car market. Imagine this one with the red interior and oxford white body, top down, breezing down the highway.

    At my age + health, it would be too much to take on but I hope someone does.

  4. Kevin Harper

    Yes I have done other people’s projects. All of them alfa’s which I know well. I really don’t mind doing a project like this and the price is usually in your favor, bit there will always be some critical part that comes up missing.
    I like this t bird but not knowing them well scares me. That and too many projects

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