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August Car of the Month, Kevin & Carmen Spiteri's Ultimate 65 Hardtop

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August Car of the Month, Kevin & Carmen Spiteri's Ultimate 65 Hardtop

Post  DaveG on Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:06 pm

Name: Kevin & Carmen Spiteri

Forum Name: spits65bird

Country / State: Melbourne, Australia

TBird Year 1965

Body Type H/Top

Body Colour: Colonial White

Interior Colour: Burgundy

Engine: 390 cubic inch Big Block

Transmission: Auto Cruiseomatic

Differential: 9” 3.0.1

Standard Equip; Power steering, Power windows, air conditioning, Electric Seats.


Purchased From:
I purchased the car in 2008 when my Son Luke suggested we buy a hobby car together the original plan was to buy a Falcon XM Coupe until someone suggested a Thunderbird, We grabbed the Trading post and found one to go and look at the rest as they say is history we bought it whilst driving it home I remember thinking we've done absoloutley no research on these cars and didn't even know if we could get parts. Luke lost interest so I bought his share of the car and set about building exactly what I wanted in a Thunderbird.


Modifications:
First thing was to fit LPGas with Gas Research carbie, modified boot floor to suit gas tank, Airbag Suspension all round which allows the car to sit only mm clear of the ground when the ignition is turned off, As soon as the ignition turns on the car rises to it's driving height and can also be raised up to near stock height with the push of a button on the console, The ride is dramatically improved with the Airbags fitted. I've also fitted Front & rear heavy duty stabilizer bars, Nolathane bushes, Pedders shockers, as a package it provides a big improvement in driveability. I've also fitted a Custom Autosound unit to improve the inside sounds and an Airhorn to improve the outside sounds (La Cooka Racha).

Wheels Type & Size.
20" x 8" Chrome Wire Wheels with 235x35 Front and 245x45 Rear tyres.

Work you’ve done or had done :
Full repaint Colour change from Rose Beige to Colonial White full interior retrim in in Burgundy together with new foam seat cushions and new burgundy carpets, Rechroming or polishing of all Chrome pieces and re-polishing & repair of anodised parts. repaired cracked Steering wheel and repainted, new badges, new rubber & seal kit, new rear lenses and frames.


Future Plans
No plans........Carmen would divorce me Very Happy


What do you enjoy most about your TBird.
The thing I most enjoy about the TBird is looking back to where it all began and feeling pride in the fact that I've made it into exactly what I wanted it to be from day one, secondly is the looks and admiring comments from others, complete strangers who make the effort to come and say how much they like the car, driving up the Highway on a cruise and other drivers tooting and giving her the thumbs up, It doesn't get any better than that. i love this car and drive her as often as i can, sometimes i get home from a tuff day and it's great to jump in the car and do the Tosser Run around our local beaches, through the car we've made some great new friends who share the same interest. Not only do we cruise together, we regularly go out for dinner and and phone each other almost daily for advice or just to talk some shit for 5 minutes, usually the highlight of a mundane workday. the car has also done wonders in increasing my Computer skills because of this Forum I've had to learn to use the computer Very Happy Anyway here's some Pics of the Journey so far...

Here is where it all began....Rose Beige White Roof


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Anyone know where this Red wire goes




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And here she is Today..........Yes Dear she is finished I'm not doing anymore to her Very Happy







How Cool is that Esky....


Thanks for looking.


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More Pics of Kev's Amazing Car

Post  DaveG on Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:46 am

Unfortunately I could only get 10 Pics into the Car of the Month Post, so I figured I put some more in here.
I'm sure you'll agree this car is worth more than 10 pics. Congratulations Kev & Carmen sensational job.
Without a doubt my favourite Ford Thunderbird.
There is nothing better than cruising down the road and seeing this car up ahead.








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Re: August Car of the Month, Kevin & Carmen Spiteri's Ultimate 65 Hardtop

Post  MaxD on Thu Aug 02, 2012 12:48 pm

SHIT!!!!! I'm lost for words.
Kevin your car is amazing, man you gotta be so proud of that. I agree with Dave that's the best looking Thunderbird i've ever seen.that's a helluva job you've done with the gas system and the Airbags. The way it sits it's just the tuffest car I've seen in a long long time.

That car really shows the quality of cars being built downunder nowonder the Americans are looking here to buy cars back.
Great story thanks for that. I'm inspired MaxD

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Re: August Car of the Month, Kevin & Carmen Spiteri's Ultimate 65 Hardtop

Post  Damo64 on Thu Aug 02, 2012 12:54 pm

SHIT !!! No Max already said that,

HOLLY CRAP, WOW!!!! Fantastic stuff Kev, Your ride is perfect. Phsyco Chicken just rang me to get on and have a look, he was almost wetting himself. Great Job mate.

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Re: AUGUST CAR OF THE MONTH, KEVIN & CARMEN SPITERI'S ULTIMATE 65 HARDTOP

Post  Giobus on Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:22 pm

Hi Kev,

Ohhhhhh Yeah!!

She looked great before on the 20" but now skimming the ground she really is a Jet Cruiser.

Great work Carmen & yourself have a great car & she is ready for the Spring Cruising season.


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Re: August Car of the Month, Kevin & Carmen Spiteri's Ultimate 65 Hardtop

Post  Phsyco Chicken on Thu Aug 02, 2012 4:13 pm

Some Blokes just keep raising the bar, Mate you're killing the rest of us.
As Damo said I very nearly bloody wet myself when I saw these pics. Wanna Sell her Kev LOL !!!!!.

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Re: August Car of the Month, Kevin & Carmen Spiteri's Ultimate 65 Hardtop

Post  65birdman on Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:13 pm

that is one amazing car kev what can i say accept much respect love all your attention to detail


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Re: August Car of the Month, Kevin & Carmen Spiteri's Ultimate 65 Hardtop

Post  1963-FTB on Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:13 pm

WOW!!!!!!!!! Spits

love the color scheme.............
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Poster Car

Post  jptbird on Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:23 pm

Bloody Beautiful Kev.
Great stance.
Poster car...right there!




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Re: August Car of the Month, Kevin & Carmen Spiteri's Ultimate 65 Hardtop

Post  Aussiebird on Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:31 pm

I think I have spent the last 30 mins just looking at those pictures over and over again - I can't believe how good that looks and even more credit to you considering how it looked when you first purchased it.....job well done . Looks like I'm off to place my order for airbags !
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Re: August Car of the Month, Kevin & Carmen Spiteri's Ultimate 65 Hardtop

Post  Runaroundsue on Fri Aug 03, 2012 2:08 pm

Hi Kev
That is very very nice, I'd even be prepared to park my Corvette beside a TBird that looks that good. It would look good with my Corvette one side and Linda's Trans Am on the other side. Seriously that car is just beautiful. Suzie.

P.S forgot to mention.... My 6 year old made me print out a Pic of your car, he has it up on his bedroom wall. He thinks it's a COOL car. I said it's not as cool as a Corvette his reply was Mum it's way cooler, Sad
looks like I've got some work to do. lol!

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Re: August Car of the Month, Kevin & Carmen Spiteri's Ultimate 65 Hardtop

Post  tony b on Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:22 pm

well done kev and carmin, i agree with gio, i thought the car looked kool before it's just amazing now. my son wants me to bag mine now, fat chance boot space is a premium already. i'm with dave i think it's the best looking bird period.

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Re: August Car of the Month, Kevin & Carmen Spiteri's Ultimate 65 Hardtop

Post  OldnSlo on Fri Aug 03, 2012 6:39 pm

Very very Nice

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Re: August Car of the Month, Kevin & Carmen Spiteri's Ultimate 65 Hardtop

Post  cruzin on Fri Aug 03, 2012 6:50 pm

Gee that is pretty amazing,
I think I've gotta agree, Kevin's TBird wins GOLD at the TBird Olympics.

Was the gas conversion difficult to do, when I saw that boot floor I took a deep breath, Kev I'm betting you'd of looked at it and thought shit what have I done.

My boss (DaveG's brother in law) has just chopped the roof off a 66 Tbird It's going to have a lift on / off Fibreglass roof, i think he's thinking shit what have i done, we laugh at him sometimes but he usually makes it happen.
You've only gotta see his (Wife's) Mustang which won Top Coupe at the street machine nats. It's beautifull.

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Re: August Car of the Month, Kevin & Carmen Spiteri's Ultimate 65 Hardtop

Post  BigBird on Fri Aug 03, 2012 6:55 pm

Mine is that low rides like a pig goes around corners like it's on rails maybe i should of put bags in it instead of just lowering gotta lift it up cant get out the driveway. Love your car mate very jealous, dont spose you wanna swap

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Re: August Car of the Month, Kevin & Carmen Spiteri's Ultimate 65 Hardtop

Post  Plucker on Sat Aug 04, 2012 3:27 pm

Bloody Hell mate job well done allright
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Re Car Of The Month

Post  Oceanside TB on Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:02 pm

Not a fan of big rims & Rose Beige is one of my fave colours for a Flair Bird , but this is one beautifully built custom. Well proportioned & a tastefully executed plan. Congrats Carmen & Kevin.
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Re: August Car of the Month, Kevin & Carmen Spiteri's Ultimate 65 Hardtop

Post  CaliforniaKid on Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:04 pm

The Boys had told me all about this car when we got together last night, but I really didn't expect it to be this good. Man Kev that's an amazing Job, LPG, Aibags the Body, Paint , Interior. She is truly amazing. looking forward to meeting yourself and all the Downunder crew in 2013.
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Re: August Car of the Month, Kevin & Carmen Spiteri's Ultimate 65 Hardtop

Post  Kiwibird on Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:40 pm

I cannot believe it is the same car, man it is just MAGIC the way you have transformed a border-line wreck into that beautiful graceful car! Cool

I just LOVE the rims - I always wanted a set on a Thunderbird but having a '66 with those ginormous brake calipers creates a lot of clearance issues.

Once again I rub my eyes at how good your car looks - Im green with envy! Very Happy

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Kev and Carm's Bird

Post  usa6t4 on Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:10 pm

Hey Kev and Carmen, I've been slack on the FORUM lately, and I've just seen the article on your car. You must think I'm v.ignorant. Let me tell you it's a great post. Congrats on "finishing" your car first before the rest of us. Nothing left to do eh? We'll see. All the best. Chris
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Re: August Car of the Month, Kevin & Carmen Spiteri's Ultimate 65 Hardtop

Post  DaveG on Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:46 pm

usa6t4 wrote: Nothing left to do eh? We'll see. All the best. Chris


I love this bit of Chris's post, Had a good laugh, Hey Kev dont tell Carmen but we all know it aint finished, You'll find something else to do. Wonder how she'd look as a CONVERTIBLE !!!!!!!
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