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    Default Original cars, owners, documentation

    Anyone here interested in the 'concours' part of the hobby? I know it's not for everyone but it does help document how the cars came from the factory.

    I have an interest in the 83-84 Tbirds since the were the first Aero-birds built and so different from the previous body style.
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    Good idea. I have been seeing some really nice original 83-88 T-Birds on flea-bay lately that I would love to have.

    Be nice to have one all original to study how it was in "the day"
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    I'm working on mine for the VTCI convention next year. I'm in the modified category because of the engine mods. Everything else on my T-bird is stock though besides the engine. I have the build sheet for mine but I have no clue as to what most of it means

    I'm the second owner of my 88 T-bird though. My dad's cousin owned it for 14 years before I got it. I have all the sales documentation (except the window sticker) and services reciepts from the last 21 years.

    I'd like to figure out how the 83-88 T-birds were factory equipped, stamped, painted, ect but I'd need a few minty factory stock ones to study
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    Be nice to have one all original to study how it was in "the day"

    I'd like to figure out how the 83-88 T-birds were factory equipped, stamped, painted,
    I agree with you both. Going forward, the task of documenting 83-88's would probably be monumental so it would make sense to break it down. 83-84, 85-86, and 87-88 might make sense since the cars in the those years are pretty much similar.

    The fact that cars are built at different plants, and those plants operated differently only complicates things. It appears the Lorain OH cars had a buck tag on the radiator support but the Atlanta cars didn't. Perhaps they used build sheets? Could you post a picture of your build sheet?

    I know of 3 original 83's and one 84 so I think I can provide some info for 83-84.

    If there is enough interest would it make sense to have new topics here on the forum to cover the subject?
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    count me in IF your doing COUGARS
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    Quote Originally Posted by 83-88T-Bird Guy View Post
    Good idea. I have been seeing some really nice original 83-88 T-Birds on flea-bay lately that I would love to have.

    Be nice to have one all original to study how it was in "the day"

    You won't get much more in "the day" than this! Enjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK9a7hYHNoA

    and something a bit faster

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    Last edited by rodsterh; 08-21-2009 at 02:10 PM. Reason: added info
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodsterh View Post
    I agree with you both. Going forward, the task of documenting 83-88's would probably be monumental so it would make sense to break it down. 83-84, 85-86, and 87-88 might make sense since the cars in the those years are pretty much similar.

    The fact that cars are built at different plants, and those plants operated differently only complicates things. It appears the Lorain OH cars had a buck tag on the radiator support but the Atlanta cars didn't. Perhaps they used build sheets? Could you post a picture of your build sheet?

    I know of 3 original 83's and one 84 so I think I can provide some info for 83-84.

    If there is enough interest would it make sense to have new topics here on the forum to cover the subject?
    I can scan mine if you want. It is missing some parts but is 90-95% intact. I pulled it out from under my front passenger seat when I had the front seats recovered 2 years ago.

    Also my buck tag is long gone. At some point a service tech or mechanic broke it off and just the bolt and a nub remained.
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    Sure, that would be great. Make sure to include the year and where the car was made. Do you have a build date?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blknredcougar View Post
    count me in IF your doing COUGARS
    Anyone know if Cougars and TBirds were built on the same line?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodsterh View Post
    Anyone know if Cougars and TBirds were built on the same line?
    Yes they were built side by side on the same lines.
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