Newbie Needing Help With a '73 Thunderbird

Asked by Aug 09, 2017 at 07:10 AM about the 1973 Ford Thunderbird

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I've just purchased a 1973 Ford Thunderbird and I know nothing about
classic vehicles, so I'm out of my league. The engine (7.5 L 460 V8) hasn't
run in about 4 years, so I need help with figuring out how to fix the old girl up.
I have no knowledge of how to check what needs to be replaced, where
specific parts are located, and how much it would cost. RWD, Automatic, has
pretty much every feature that was offered in 73 when it was built. If there's
any advice you can give me, tips on where to start at bringing it back to the
land of the living, it'd be greatly appreciated.

4 Answers

This is a labour of love, I intend to restore it and keep it. I understand that it is not a desired car, however it is desired by me. The body itself is in good shape except for the rear right opera window area and the rear passenger side floor panel. Upholstery and the majority of interior is original and in very good condition. The few problems I've found have to do with easily accessible parts like a carburetor. Initial estimates are around $6000, most likely more.


If the car has been sitting a long time the fuel system will have to be cleaned out and the carburetor rebuilt. I would also completely go through the brake system for safety.

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Not sure where you are located, but you can call Jim's T-Birds in North Carolina. He may have some parts that you need and he is very knowledgable and resourceful.

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Hey my man I'm in the same boat I have a 73 with a 460 in it I got a little problem with my rear end then I'm trying to get it fixed I'm just like you I really like the car and I don't really want to get rid of it cuz I don't believe that what's wrong of it is really that much expensive but to be honest with you if your body work isn't really all that bad it's really not hard to do it yourself look into it it's a labor of love you appreciate it a lot more my email is Lil Will 779 at email me sometime and maybe we can keep up with the progress of restoring them send me a couple pictures of yours and I'll send you a couple of pictures of mines I have to look for some parts as well so maybe we can help each other out

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