Gary Skelton
Ontario, Canada
1965 Thunderbird

"'Her Majesty' started out as an ugly green-on-green stock '65 Thunderbird that I picked up about 15 years ago. As you can see, there have been a few changes. The body's been shaved and de-chromed and painted Titanium Silver (a Toyota color). The interior has been mildly customized with custom-stitched upholstery, the column shifter replaced with a GM 'horseshoe' floor shifter, Auto Meter gauges replace the original units (almost a direct fit!), and a matching LeCarra steering wheel with a Painless RF control (for cruise, horn, and so on) where the horn pad use to be.

"Underhood, the metal was all smoothed and filled and then painted body color. Two new wiring harnesses were made up and remote fuse panels installed, while the battery was moved to the trunk. A polished Hi-Power Electric Brake booster/master cylinder was installed. All brake, fuel, and trans cooler lines were custom made. I took the engine out for a budget overhaul and promptly blew the budget. It's now covered in Edelbrock Thunder series carb, Performer intake, aluminum water pump, and electric fuel pump. The valvetrain is all Crane, MSD and Mallory provide spark, a March Industries serpentine belt system was installed with a billet power steering pump and alternator. Headers are custom bent and powdercoated. A custom-fitted aluminum rad and shroud keep her cool. A custom bent, stainless dual exhaust system with four MagnaFlows keep her pretty darn quiet!

"A full RideTech system controls all four corners. The trunk is operated by actuators, (remote-controlled of course), and a Caddy trunk pull-down keeps the trunklid closed. A custom-made main fuse panel resides in the trunk with the battery and RideTech polished tank, compressors, and controller. And in case I forgot to mention, the trunk's upholstered, too. The only thing I didn't upgrade on this car was the transmission...just guess what caved on me before I put her away for the winter? Hope this new knee heals in a hurry so I can get out to the garage and fix my baby in time for cruise season!"


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