Featured Thunderbird for June 2000

1977 Thunderbird

1977 Exterior: Red/White
Owner: Al Zamorski, Kenmore, New York

It was May of 1982 and my wife and myself were out just driving around enjoying the day. I farthest thing from my mind was to purchase another car. We happened to pass by a Ford dealership and there it was. It was displayed on top of one of those elevated platforms. I took one look at this '77 T-Bird and instantly fell in love with it. It was like it was calling to me. Take me home with you. Needless to say, I did and I have enjoyed this beautiful car ever since.

When I bought it, it had 39,000 miles on it, and today it only has 68,000 miles. The interior is all original and like brand new. The only thing I changed on the exterior was the roof line. I happened to see a 1978 with this roof style and decided I wanted this done to my car. I think it really enhances the appearance. I was told that Ford produced some T-Birds like that and called them the Diamond Jubilee edition. This car is only driven in the nice weather, and is stored the rest of the year. Winters in the Buffalo area can really take a toll on cars.

I have traveled cross country with it to Oregon and Utah. Along the way while driving through Montana, the temperature was around 105 degrees. I was traveling with my wife and two children to visit relatives. The bird was loaded down with luggage for four people, along with tools and extra supplies in case of any mechanical difficulties along the way. Being that the outside temperature was so high, and givin the fact that the car was so loaded down, the temperature gauge started to climb. I instantly turned off the air-conditioning and put the heat on max to take the heat off the engine block. If you could have seen the look on my wife's face when I did that. I think if she would have had a gun she would have used it on me.

Putting the heat on did bring the temperature back to normal and we continued on our way without any further incident. We still laugh about it to this day. Well, I do anyway. I never thought I would become so attached to any car, but this one to me is special and I hope to have it for many more years to come. It is a real pleasure to drive and a real head turner. I guess you could say it stands out in a crowd.

Al Zamorski

Copyright © 2000 by Al Zamorski

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