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2004 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Driving a Ford Thunderbird on a summer night takes you back to a simpler era. The V8 engine burbles as you cruise comfortably back in time. With two seats, a convertible top, and rear-wheel drive, it sometimes feels like driving a vintage car, only its a new version of the classic. The Thunderbird combines design features from early Thunderbirds, including the original 1955-57 two-seater and the 1961-63 bullet bird. A V8 badge has been added to the front fenders of 2004 models to further the retro theme. Yet Ford doesnt describe the 2004 Thunderbird as a replica, or retro, because it has so much modern equipment in it, on it and underneath it. This example with a mere 54,679 miles, presenting all nice and clean, and with the convertible up or down and an included hardtop with the porthole window from 1956. A nice leather interior, touchscreen AM/FM backup camera aftermarket radio, and totally sporty looks, time to leave the kids to their electronic devices and go for a cruise. Exterior With nicely rounded panels sporting hints of the styling from the earlier 1955 birds, we see straight steel panels bathed in Merlot paint. There are scratches and a few dings throughout, but nothing out of the ordinary from the usual usage one would pick up over time. Round headlights with a nice shiny top bezel, flank an oval chromed egg crate grille, again reminiscent of days and models of yore. A scoop for the hood, and wide shiny highly polished front window trimming fronts the hardtop mounted on for the pictures . This has the iconic porthole window, is body matching Merlot, and can be easily removed and stored for convertible motoring. Certainly not the jet engines from the 60s birds, but nicely rounded inset taillights and a body matching bumper below. 17-inch multi blade fan style wheels are on all 4 corners. Interior With a swing of the stylish doors we can note a mixture of black and light sand leather inserts. The leather seats are holding up well and are firmly planted within black vinyl tubs. On the drivers side a small opening can be seen where the power cord meets the switches in the outside of the tub. Otherwise, seats are nice and clean, and have plenty of padded supports. Up the center races a sporty console in black, armrest, cupholders and the shift lever are seen here. Upfront the dash is all original save for the aftermarket AM/FM/ touchscreen with backup cam unit now installed in the center of the dash. A light sand leather wrapped shift knob, steering wheel, and white faces gauges break up some of the black that the dash is made up of. All clean overall with nice black carpet on the floors and the headliner for the hardtop is like new as is the convertible top hidden from view of the photos. Drivetrain Under the hood is a nicely buttoned up and very clean engine bay sporting the 3.9-liter DOHC V8. Its fed by electronic fuel injection and is attached to a 5R55N 5-speed automatic transmission. The rear axle comes to us in 3.58 conventional form. Undercarriage A few splatters of road dirt, and some scratched from bottoming out on the X frame in the center, but otherwise clean and surface rust free. Upfront, independent coil spring suspension is noted, and on back independent McPherson strut suspension is on. Power disc brakes are showing off on all 4 corners. Drive-Ability As one would expect from the exterior and interior appearance, this bird fired right up, and performed well on the test track. Smooth acceleration, straight bias free braking, and good cornering capabilities. All functions were working just swimmingly. From 2004 a classic inspired but newly designed T-Bird, throwing us back to the two seat days, convertible top and hardtop, and nice leather with plenty of convenience options added including the aftermarket touchscreen radio/backup cam.
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