1966 Ford Thunderbird Coupe Hardtop


Club Car

Make: Ford

Model: Thunderbird Coupe Hardtop

Year: 1966


1966 Ford Thunderbird Coupe Hardtop Reg: BIRDIN

Present Owner: Ian Martin

Model 63A (Window) – was sold by Ford USA in 1966 as “America’s Personal Luxury Car – Unique in all the World”… though this car was effectively the base model. This was built: Early 1966 –at Ford’s Wixom Michigan Plant – First Reg in NZ by current owner- 2005

Engine – FE 390

Transmission - C 6 Auto

Diff - Ford 9.00 Inch 3.0 /1Gear Ratio

Colour - Ford Sapphire Blue Metallic (Original Colour for that year)

Factory Options installed: Air-conditioning (currently disconnected), Central Locking, Power Windows, 4 Way Power Seat –Drivers, Door Unlocked Indicators, Sports Side Trim – Chrome

Standard Options: Power Steering, Power Brakes , Front Wheel Disc Brakes (Kelsey Hayes 4 pot), Swing Away Steering Wheel, Sequential Turn Signals , Auto Park Brake release , Remote Control Outside Mirror, Padded Instrument Panel and Visors , Front Seat Console , Front and Rear Seat Centre Arm Rests, C6 Auto Trans, Silent Flo Ventilation, AM/ FM Transistor Radio (Replaced)


(Mild Custom) - Complete Rebuild over past 5 Years

  • Engine Rebuilt Ground up 2007, .030 OverBore, all parts New, Balanced and Blue Printed. Aftermarket Forged Pistons , Rods , Crank , Heads ( Stock Steel) Completely Re machined, Ported, Aftermarket valves/ Springs/ Lifters – Comp Cam ( Mild), Stock Rocker Gear, Edelbrock Endurashine Performer Intake Manifold and Edelbrock Victor Series Endurashine Hi Volume Water Pump, FPA Ceramic Headers, Quick Fuel 580 Carburettor, MSD Coil/ Electronic Distributor/ 6AL Ignition, Ford Racing Aluminium Cobra Valve Covers, Professional Products Harmonic Balancer, Flexi Lite Trimline Thermo Controlled Electric Fan, Radiator – Recored/ Rebuilt, Aftermarket Trans Oil Cooler, Aftermarket 100AMP Alternator and Powermaster XL Starter.
  • Transmission- C6-completely Rebuilt with Balanced Hi Stall Torque Conveter, B&M Deep Trans Pan, Power steering Rebuilt
  • Differential- Rebuilt – Motive Gears
  • Running Gear / Brakes / Steering / Suspension- All Rebuilt with new Components/ Bushings, New Drive Shaft – Overhauled and Balanced
  • Wheels (Boyd Coddington Smoothies 18 X 7 with Custom Made Front Wheels to clear Calipers)
  • Other Modifications - (all old insulation removed) POR Primed and sealed - Completely lined with Dynamat and Dynaliner - Boot, Floors, Doors and Panels, Body and Roof
  • Interior – Completely Refurbished, New Carpets and Seats reupholstered and Recovered with Factory Correct Vinyl Seat Covers, New Factory correct Headliner, New Door and Rear panels and Vinyl Centre Armrest
  • Steering Wheel - Billet Specialties on a Lecarra Mount.
  • Custom Made Gauge Pack (Stewart Warner Gauges) by Owner
  • Custom Autosound Concours MP3 Stereo / Radio

Whilst a lot of work was / has been done by the Owner these projects never happen without the assistance of many others:

  • Paint / Body Work/ Headliner - Unique Auto Works- Ross Walker , Bruce ,and Friends
  • Engine – Shore Performance/ Wairau Engine Reconditioning
  • Heads- The Cylinder Head Shop
  • Electrical – Ron Wood Electrical/ Redwood Electrical
  • Transmission / Diff(and General Repairs / Servicing) - A Automotive ( Karl Browne)
  • Tuning / MSD Equipment and Quick Fuel Carb: C and M Performance
  • Drive Shaft- Driveshaft Specialties
  • Chroming- Eden Electroplaters
  • Fine Tuning- Rob Penman Motorsports / Thrill Performance
  • Wheels/ Tyres- Herb Morgans
  • Dynamat / Stereo System -Digital Logistics
  • Interior Re- Upholstery and Interior Door Panel trim- West Harbour Auto Upholstery
  • Door Panels, Console and Rear interior Panels- Colour and / or restoration-Dashboard Restorations
  • Suspension/ Steering – Centreline Suspension ( The Shock Shop)

And last but not least

My Friends – Ric Marmont and Dick Russell for ongoing help ,advice and encouragement, Mark Goodwin from Thunderbird Motors for all the specialist T-bird advice and help and parts (and for selling me the car in the first place!)

And to the many others who have had a hand in this project (T Birds By Nick , Macs Antique Auto parts, Concurs, Larrys, Summit Racing, Northwestern Ford, PAW, FPA, Stewart Warner, B&M, Repco, Billet Specialties, Smith and Smith Glass, Engine Parts Glenfield, Supacheap, Auto Magic Mechanical ( WOf’s), Mainfreight / Kiwi Shipping, Lyndale Motor Services, Snells Springs, Trevor Morris Radiators, Magoos, Partsmaster, Porana Power Steering, Segedins, R A Johnstone & Co, Gary from T-Bird Club of NZ, American Muscle Car Club)