CAL-RODS FEATURED CAR FOR DECEMBER 2015
By Doug Bithell
YEAR: 1960 MAKE & MODEL: FORD THUNDERBIRD
COLOR: METALLIC ROOT BEER UPHOLSTERY: TAN MARINE VINYL
ENGINE: ORIGINAL 352 INTERCEPTOR TRANS: STOCK 3 SPEED
REAR END: STOCK FRONT END: STOCK WHEELS: STEEL WITH SPINNER HUB CAPS
December, Christmas time, Holiday time, mistletoe time & time to bring out another fine ride of our club, that being the 1960 Thunderbird of Vic & Wanda Cunnyngham. The 58-60 was the first model after the iconic two-seater Thunderbird. Through much public demand Ford changed to the four-seater & its popularity grew & out sold the previous model.
Vic bought this one from disc jockey J. B. Brown in Riverside. It was originally white, not in the best condition, with dented fenders, other imperfections & even had a salvage title on it. But after 2 years of hard work & tons of money, Vic put this beauty on the road in its new glory.
Take a good look at the detail Vic has put into this car. The “WILD BIRD” lettering & emblems, the detailed engine, the tuck & roll upholstery, the wood knobs on the dash, Cal-Rods plaque & more. He has completely rebuilt the engine & transmission. Great job Vic.
I asked Vic why the bird? He said “With as many accidents as I get into I need something easy to get in & out of & is easy to drive”.
In the short time he has had it finished, he has taken it to a lot of car shows including Santa Maria & San Clemente. It's nice to have Vic, Wanda, & the Wild Bird in Cal-Rods.