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How soon are you looking for this information? I happen to be getting started on a body-off. I have borrowed a brace from a friend at the Thunderbird club. The brace I have goes from the rear top mounting holes to the front floor / firewall area. When I am ready to install it I can post pictures of the brace and then how it is installed.
I also have talked with Hill's Thunderbird and they told me that they put braces right where the doors go. (at the top from the hinge to the rear or the opening) They said they don't put any other bracing on when they lift the body.
Thanks for keeping me posted on the bracing. I’ve been busy researching a lot of other items with the upcoming restoration.Hi JDJ, My garage is not heated so I only go out there when it's above 50 degrees. Yesterday while I was out there I worked at installing the body lift brace so I could get some pictures for you. This brace that I borrowed has been used to lift the bodies off of at least six Thunderbirds that I know of.
It going to take me a few minutes I have to rework the images to meet site size requirements.
hi Steven, I just saw the photos. Thanks. I’ll look them over tonight. I also was wondering if you took the windshield and dashboard apart. If so do you have any information on those ?
Hi and thanks for the response,
I have not started with removing body. I’m still working on other preparations and research on having the body and frame media blasted.
I have found a new 292 long block engine and dropped my Fordomatic transmission off today at a reputable shop in southern New Hampshire.
As to the bracing you have I’d sure like to hear and see more about what you have.
I’ve been checking on it and have found a video on you tube “coyo bird “ that shows the bracing and rotisserie. I’m hopefully going to get in touch with the guys that own the shop and get some solid information on the exact location of their bracing and the size of the steel “tubing “ they used.
If you’re in Massachusetts we’re not far apart as I live in southern Maine.
Hopefully we can share information! There is a lot to doing this restoration even if we subcontract many things out.