View From The Porch: Automotif CL…


I spotted very a sight in the Meijer parking lot right now this was unquestionably not your ordinary grocery-getter. I was glad I had the Fuji X-E1 and Zeiss 32mm f/1.eight along, due to the fact this deserved greater than a fast cell telephone snap.

It is a 1955 Ford Thunderbird, the initial year of production, when they had been pretty close-coupled two-seaters intended as a counter for GM’s Corvette. As if to underscore the intended target, Ford shortened the wheelbase on their typical chassis to the exact same 102″ as the Chevrolet two-seater.

The ’53 and ’54 Corvettes had only come equipped with the “Blue Flame” inline-six, and so the T-bird’s 292cid, 193* bhp V8 was intended to give it a leg up, but 1955 saw Chevy drop their personal 265 cubic inch V8 in the ‘Vette, exactly where it place out a claimed 195* bhp. From the starting, the Thunderbird was additional of a tourer than the sportier Corvette, and it was only a two seater for the initial couple of model years.

This “Thunderbird Blue” instance, with a “Turquoise &amp White” interior, appeared to be unrestored.

In the late ’70s my dad briefly had an immaculate, low-mileage, unrestored black ’55 T-Bird. When he wasn’t fiddling with it, it was stored in the garage with the hardtop removed†, covered in blankets to preserve the dust off.

Other than 1 or possibly two rides about the neighborhood, I largely try to remember the cockpit as the absolute ideal location in Hide &amp Go Seek, due to the fact none of my siblings or cousins anticipated anybody to hide in the Do not YOU DARE TOUCH DAD’S T-BIRD.

Here’s one thing that caught me off guard right now when I was thrown into a reverie by the sight of this classic: When I was watching dad function on that oh-so-old Fifties vintage auto, with its quirky old six-volt electrical program and all, it was only twenty-3 years old or so.

It would not have certified for Indiana vintage plates but, as opposed to the Ford I took out for a spin to take in the sunset right now…

*This was “SAE gross horsepower”, which was measured in a climate-controlled dynamometer chamber with the engine out of the automobile, all energy-draining accessories removed, and possibly the air cleaner and exhaust manifolds replaced with velocity stacks and straight pipes. And then the numbers would be additional massaged by marketing and advertising. It is not super-science, but you will not go far incorrect by assuming that the actual SAE net bhp is someplace among 60 and 75 % of that quantity. In other words, do not drag race a Prius in your stock ’55 T-Bird.

The 1955 Thunderbird came typical with a lift-off fiberglass hardtop. A convertible top rated was an choice, 1 that neither the pictured automobile nor my dad’s had.


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