Alright Im getting my license soon and I already have my car which is a 1965 Ford Thunderbird hardtop. Im planning on getting it up and running by the end of the summer. I have some questions though about the restoration though. First where can I get some new carpet, weather stripping, headliner, and steering wheel besides ebay? Also How much would it cost roughly to get it reupholstered and new paint job? Thanks for any help.
Parts are pretty easy to come by...most are made by Dennis Carpenter (in
NC), but if you do a google search for "1965 Ford Thunderbird Parts", you
should be able to find a dealer near you. The one I like is National Parts
And to address the painting...the best thing to do is decide how much you can put into it and get it done for that price...you will get what you pay for...a cheap paint job will run in the $200 - $1000 range, a fair job will be in the $1000 - $2000 range, a good one will cost $3000 - $10,000 while a really good one will be above $20,000. The key is attention to detail.
And as far as the interior goes...if you want to save some money you may want to try it yourself...you can pick up an interior kit which includes, seats, carpet and headliner and install it yourself...
Hope this helps. Good luck and post some pictures once you get it going.
Well I my self live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I might go down that way and see Dennis Carpenters shop. He seems to have most of what I am looking for.