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Second Chance Garage

For the Classic Car
Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

Second Chance Garage

For the Classic Car
Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

Second Chance Garage

For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

1955 Ford Thunderbird

Read our beginning-to-end series on our 1955 Thunderbird Restoration Project.

1955 T-Bird Project Wrap Up

55 Tbird
We thought you would like to know how much effort was required to perform our T-Bird frame-off restoration. Here are the stats! …keep reading

T-Bird Car Restoration Project Part 21 - It is Done! Well...

T-Bird Car Restoration Project Part 21 - It is Done! Well...

55 Tbird
We have finished the Thunderbird project. That is, the basic project is completed. Now for some careful test driving …keep reading

T-Bird Car Restoration Project Part 20 - The Electrical Work is Done

55 Tbird
In our last T-Bird project update we left off at the completion of the wiring of the dashboard. Now to continue on …keep reading

T-Bird Project Part 19 - The Electrical Work Begins

T-Bird Project Part 19 - The Electrical Work Begins

55 Tbird
The old wiring harness in our '55 T-Bird Project car was in no condition to be reused. 50 years of use and abuse had taken its toll …keep reading

T-Bird Project Part 18 - We Finally Got The Painting Done!

55 Tbird
The bodywork took quite a while. Now to make this 'Bird shine …keep reading

T-Bird Project Part 17 - We Rebuild and Upholster the 55 T-Bird

T-Bird Project Part 17 - We Rebuild and Upholster the 55 T-Bird

55 Tbird
Aside from the fact that our original seat was turquoise and the new upholstery would be red, we knew that 50 years of use had taken its toll on the structure itself …keep reading

T-Bird Project - Part 16: Back to the Body!

T-Bird Project - Part 16: Back to the Body!

55 Tbird
We didn't attack the doors until the rest of the body was reasonably straight, since they were handier in place...they helped keep the body straight. But now we do the doors …keep reading

1955 T-Bird Restoration Project Part 15 - And Now for Something Completely Different!

1955 T-Bird Restoration Project Part 15 - And Now for Something Completely Different!

55 Tbird
During the planning stages of our '55 T-Bird car restoration project, we included air conditioning as a "must-have" option. This, of course, requires a few modifications to the dash …keep reading

T-Bird Project Part 14 - We Engineer a Shifter

T-Bird Project Part 14 - We Engineer a Shifter

55 Tbird
The T-Bird originally had a 2-speed automatic. We've installed a 4-speed that has completely different linkage considerations...not to mention clearance problems …keep reading

1955 T-Bird Car Restoration Project - Part 13 - Where, Oh Where Does the Radiator Go?

55 Tbird
When you change out the entire front frame to accommodate a rack-and-pinion steering system, clearances for other items are going to be affected. Adding a modern aluminum radiator tends to complicate things even more …keep reading